Banking & Financial Services

Eliminating Analysis Paralysis from GRC

The words Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) carry a sense of reverence and anticipation for financial services stakeholders globally. This reaction makes sense given the regulatory history that we as a global economy have endured. The idea that controls may change, reminds us that we struggle to adhere to routine in an already overcomplicated business 

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Battling Regulations – How Banks can Navigate PSD2 and GDPR

Many banks still recovering from the impact of digital disruption, yet now are having to contend with two new game-changing regulations in the shape of Open Banking/Payment Services Directive-Revised(PSD2) in January 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) in May 2018. The challenge to adapt to both and still maintain a profitable business can be overwhelming 

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Five Steps to Customer-Centric Product Pricing

The digital age has changed the battlefield for banks. They face disruption from fintechs, and the challenge of tech heavyweights like Amazon entering the financial services field emphasises issues around banks’ aging infrastructure. All of these problems must be navigated whilst ensuring continued profitability. Yet, as boardrooms focus on employing digital innovation to their advantage, 

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Future Proofing Banking

In an article published by Reuters in November 2017, the Bank of England stated that banks may be underestimating the fintech threat. Today, fintech firms and alternative providers are encroaching into every function of the bank. These new kids on the block specialise in specific processes or use cases and are leveraging banks as a 

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Open Banking – Seize available opportunities in a post-PSD2 world

Customer demands that have been pushing for Open Banking are in no respect new – especially corporations and e-merchants, even with their close relationship to banks, have long been asking for efficient payment and liquidity solutions even in a multi banking relationship. Neither is Open Banking only a PSD2-based European phenomenon. Rather, it is quite 

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Open Banking APIs – Unlocking the Digital Transformation in Banking Industry

Application programming interfaces (APIs) is relatively an old technical composition, which has been around for a long time. It is a structured and predetermined mechanism where two systems can exchange data with each other. Essentially APIs were internally focused and were exposed externally only in a very private manner or only to pre-identified partners. Open 

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Why is API Banking inevitable? – A customer-centric exploration

The revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2), which, starting January 2018,  allows third parties to access banking data is a big boost towards the era of API (Application Programming Interface) banking that will claim bigger stature compared to how it exists today. Banks must delve into API banking as an opportunity rather than regard it as 

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How Technology is changing the future of banking in India

In the present era of global, interconnected financial systems, a small ripple in one nook and corner of the world can probably create a shock wave in the entire economic ecosystem. This has led to increased scrutiny and more stringent and intricate regulatory requisites for the financial institutions. Regulators have not only shortened the time 

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Impact of Open API economy and microservices on financial industry

The advent of open API economy has potential to unleash a new wave of changes in the financial services industry.  Bank Regulators are looking to drive better deals for the customers by generating more competition by innovating customer information sharing, transaction initiation, and payment mechanisms. Their efforts, along with changing customer sentiment, are creating both 

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How Blockchain Can Help Solve Global Regulatory Challenges

In today’s world, talk abounds about the ever-increasing regulatory hurdles every modern global industry now faces. The way to address any risk is to impose more and more regulations on an industry to ensure the sins of the past are not repeated, and politicians can best show the electorate concrete steps in legislation they have 

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Retail Banks and AI: An Easy Walkthrough or Rough Weather Ahead?

Terms like speech recognition, image recognition, gesture recognition, machine learning, and robotic process automation are gradually entering the traditional banking business lexicon. As a result, the data intensive banking industry is experiencing pressure to dive into the data pile it’s sitting on to uncover meaningful inferences about existing and prospect customers. The above terms are 

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How blockchain-based apps and sites resist DDoS attacks

Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction! The recent Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks on Final Fantasy XIV’s gaming platform are quite surreal, yet a timely signpost of where things are heading. Using traditional cyber security technology, we are playing “whack a mole” against the ever-changing DDoS attacks. We live in an age where DDoS attacks will 

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