Digital transformations shaped 2016. Enterprises centered their focus on business needs, capabilities and availability related to digital transformation. Major challenge was to maintain legacy IT services with limited budgets, while also increasing digital transformation within the business. IT leadership took note of the situation on time and we saw implementation of cross-functional partnerships, investments in
Nordea and VirtusaPolaris FinTech Lab to help FinTechs converting ideas into prototypes during Stockholm Startup Weekend Nordea is the Signature sponsor at the Stockholm Startup Weekend for FinTechs January 27-29 and we are proud to announce that Nordea has engaged VirtusaPolaris Fintech Lab to be prime Innovation partner during the event. We will together utilize
For any bank, core banking systems (CBS) lie at the heart of operations: They play an instrumental role in processing transactions, updating balances, running batch jobs and interacting with interfaces. But with the advent of disruptive technologies, along with fickle customer preferences and overall regulatory changes, banks now tend to treat CBS as less important.
Plato, the famous Greek philosopher once remarked, “To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed”. The quote seems perfect for this harp on real-time payments. Real-time payments are a reality. Consumers today instantly pay Uber rides or split a restaurant bill with buddies through e-wallets. Financial institutions need to gear
More than half of core banking transformation initiates either fail or do not realize the intended benefits. Most of such projects are huge in scale and enormous in terms of impact on the bank. While the above gives a pessimistic view, there is quite a bit of learning regarding ‘what not to do’ in such
With the introduction of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) this year, National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) struck a right cord in fulfilling dream of digital India. As UPI is making its way to market, many analysts have started comparing it with digital wallets. The growing consensus depicts end of an era for mobile/digital wallet companies
Blockchain and smart contracts in financial organizations are shifting from curious experiments to pragmatic pilot projects. A few software products, including Ethereum, Digital Assets, Hyperledger, Multichain, Chain, and R3CEV, seem to have garnered larger interest in the banking space. While these are generic, there are more business-specific blockchain-smart contract vendors such as Itbit, Bankchain, Wave,
‘Trust’ and ‘Transparency’ have always been the cornerstones of stakeholder expectations in the banking industry. Since 2008, there has been a constant deficit on both fronts, resulting in heavy regulatory penalties, right sizing of banks and several other long-term implications on the economy. Since then, banks have taken up the responsibility of rebuilding customer trust
After just 4 weeks from SIBOS, it is time for Money2020. From the Transaction and Investment banking world of pinstripe suited bankers in Geneva, I am heading to Vegas in to the world of payments, a landscape that is being impacted by powerful disruptive forces. The contrast is quite visible between the two events. At
It is a globally accepted fact that moving to a cashless economy is good for growth. Several studies have indicated that the adoption of alternative methods for money transfer and payments provide benefits to all actors in the ecosystem – the government and central bank, commercial banks, the industry as well as the end consumers.
Blockchain and its related technology has gained significant attention across industries. The financial industry has begun to realize the potential of it. It’s very well known that blockchain technology decentralizes decision making and fosters decision by consensus (in technical terms, proof of works where all participating miners are expected to solve a given mathematical problem).
Asset Management is no exception to the dramatic changes currently facing the financial services industry. This transformation is happening on a global level, including the introduction of regulations that impact firms’ operating models in a variety of ways. Technological innovation is a driver of the changes affecting how firms interact with their clients, impacting asset
Investment banks are evaluating possible avenues for efficiency improvement either through artificial intelligence (AI) or through automation. In fact Robo Advisors are disrupting the traditional wealth management model by attracting large number of millennial customers by providing a differentiated Investment management experience. At the same time new regulations are being introduced to ensure safety of
Until the last financial crises took place, banks were pillars of greatness. They offered the best paying jobs, blue-chip stocks to invest, and occupied landmark buildings in major cities. At the same time though, they also represented poor customer service, high inefficiency and cost of operations, and legacy technology running core systems. Fast forward a
Customers today are spoiled when it comes to choices. They choose the products and services most relevant to them. Now, in order to stay relevant, banks need to get closer to their customers and understand them better than before, compared to their peers. Only then, through personalized and relevant offers, can banks significantly improve the
A risk of card fraud and popularity of smartphones among various users has led to the emergence of “mobile wallet” solutions for point-of-sale (POS) and online shop payments. However, mobile wallets remain in a nascent stage until service providers can deliver value beyond just payments. Digital payment service providers are both competing aggressively and willing
The herding mentality in finance is a recurring theme. We have seen it take place both during the dot-com boom and the mortgage crisis. Recently, it is fintech startups and the solutions that they develop which have attracted interest. Smart Contracts (SC) are a recent example of a solution that’s beginning to turn heads. One
The case of experimental environment for driving innovations in banking and financial services industry
There is a paradigm shift happening in the banking and financial services (BFS) space. Day in and day out we are reading stories about new technologies, new business models that are reinventing the way banking is done. These rapid changes are largely inflicted by a strong FinTech ecosystem comprising of start-ups and new-age, much agile
Get your organization ready to embrace the next big thing across your enterprise Embracing Automation The primary objective of automation is to eliminate routine no-brainer tasks and improve employee productivity. Enterprises will also continue to embrace automation technologies to improve corporate financial performance while simultaneously accelerating business growth. As digitization and automation conquer the world,
Digitalization, user experience (UX) and cloud computing are some of the major trends that have seen an increasing and widespread adoption in the financial services, banks and retail industry lately. While digital only retail have been around for a long time, digital-only banks have also emerged in the last few years such as ATOM, UK’s