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Lloyds Bank Invests in New Digital Banking Platform

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 13-Nov-2018 07:30:00

On Tuesday, the 6th of November Lloyds Banking Group announced that it had invested in a FinTech company as a part of digital shake-up aimed at enhancing the bank’s digital presence.

A £3bn transformation and technology investment programme includes the investment of £11m for a 10 % stake in cloud-based core banking start-up Thought Machine, which focuses on building technology to revolutionise current online banking system.

Thought Machine’s core product, Vault is able to run any type of banking product. It aims to simplify outdated online systems while providing customers with maximum security and reliability.

However, that’s not all – Lloyds Bank plans to cut 6,240 jobs whilecreating 8,240 new digital positions as part of its huge shift towards Digital Transformation.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Challenges, Change and Innovation, Finance

Digitalisation Will Make Most Banks Irrelevant by 2030 - Gartner

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 06-Nov-2018 07:30:00

Traditional banks and insurance companies are facing extinction in the next 12 years due to increased digitisation in the financial services sector. 80 percent of traditional banks and financial services firms will be made irrelevant by 2030, and only 20 percent of traditional financial firms will remain as ‘winners’ according to a new research by Gartner.

These findings were presented to the audience on the 29th of October at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia by David Furlonger, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Challenges, Change and Innovation, Finance

Going Digital Creates New Risks in The Financial Sector

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 30-Oct-2018 07:30:00

The massive global movement of companies going digital is continually forcing essential changes in what new products and services are created, and how they are delivered to financial services customers.  The position of well-established, traditional banks is changing dramatically due to the emergence of new start-ups companies, and new business and operating models they use and promote.

In its recent paper ‘Moving from analog to digital: a new paradigm for risk management.’ EY states that industry transformation is afoot on an unprecedented scale.

Demographic change; radical new technologies and data usage; a changing regulatory paradigm; and a fast-changing and ever-more-complex ecosystem of competitors, partners and vendors are all listed as key trends that are supporting Digital Transformation. And although, they do force the necessary changes and provide firms with new opportunities, there are also associated with an uncertainty.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Challenges, Finance, Risk Management

Are Banks Still Not Ready for Digital Transformation?

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 23-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Digital Transformation can be a real challenge for the financial sector. In the past few years a great majority of well-established, traditional banks have tried to become more digital in order to address the emergence of new challenger banks that have been slowly taking away their customers. But unfortunately, many projects end in failure as financial institutions have a hard time getting real results. Most banks are focusing on polishing the front end so much that they almost seem to forget that it must be supported by back end as well. And this approach results in crushing systems which leave customers unable to log into their bank accounts.

So, what are some of the examples of banks not being fully prepared for digital changes they have implemented?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Finance, Challenges

Artificial Intelligence in the Banking Sector

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 18-Oct-2018 07:30:00

The pace at which companies are investing in artificial intelligence (AI) continues to gain momentum and the financial sector is no exception. In fact, according to Business Insider report ‘AI is one of the most commonly referenced terms by financial institutions (FIs) and payments firms when describing their vision for the future banking sector as it can be applied to almost every area of financial services.’

But that’s not all! As stated by global management consultancy Accenture, banks that invest in AI and human-machine collaboration tools could boost their revenue by over a third (34%) by 2022.

Moreover, AI is considered one of the most important disruptive technologies for today’s banks, as a recent PwC survey revealed that 72% of senior management see AI and machine learning (ML) as key sources of competitive advantage. The same survey also highlighted that 52% of firms in the financial services sector are already making substantial commitments to AI, with 66% projecting significant investments by 2020.

So, it seems that these numbers speak for themselves – when it comes to financial services AI is a must!

But how exactly AI can help banks improve their operations and bring them closer to their customers?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, artificial intelligence, Finance, AI

B60 Blog in Swedish: 3 Vägar till en förändrad bank

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 11-Oct-2018 10:13:11

Att ta beslutet om utveckling av Digital anpassning av företaget är bara det första steget på resan, och i många fall även det enklaste. Efter detta måste du ta beslutet om hur du ska förändra din organisation. Vilken väg som är bäst blir i många fall grunden till segdragna diskussioner inom företaget. Ska du göra om företaget i grunden och skapa en helt digital organisation? Eller borde du fokusera på förändringar utåt som är mer synliga för dina kunder?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, B60 Blog in Swedish, Finance, Success, Change and Innovation

Top 5 UK Challenger Banks You Should Know About

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 09-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Digital Transformation has changed the established way of operating a business across plethora of industries – and banking is no exception. New start-ups keep challenging traditional service providers with a more personalised and innovative service. And although, traditional banks have been slow to adapt, they need to change it now, especially if they still want to be relevant in the industry.

Challenger banks are digital banks with no high-street branches. They are much more flexible, more user friendly, quicker to adapt to users' needs, and more personal than any traditional bank. But their biggest advantage over other well-established financial institutions is that they have been founded in the age of digital literacy, that means starting fresh with a digital offering and the use of the latest technology available. For this reason, challenger banks can incorporate new products more quickly, and with less friction through their platform business model, which can easily connect customers with new products developed by third parties. And this greatly increases customer choice.

So, which UK challenger banks are shaking up the industry? Let’s find out.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Success, Emerging Trends, Finance, Change and Innovation

Digital Transformation Is Reshaping Financial Services

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 02-Oct-2018 07:30:00

Usually described as resistant to change and quite conservative, financial sector has no choice but to follow other industries in their digital journey. Well-established, traditional banks have been challenged by financial technology start-up companies that take over industry by combining digital technology, social media, and big data analytics to replace traditional models with financial products and services enabled by new technology.

So, as disruptive changes occurring in the financial services industry are largely the result of digital technologies that have been developed and refined over the past decade, it comes as no surprise that in order to survive, and stay competitive the financial services industry and its CIOs are increasingly embracing Digital Transformation to improve their IT infrastructures.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Change and Innovation, Challenges, Finance, Emerging Technology

There Is No Digital Banking Without a Great Cultural Change

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 25-Sep-2018 07:30:00

Finally, it seems that banks might have woken up and realised that they need to innovate and transform their businesses, but most of them are neglecting one essential factor – culture.

Most often, factors such as lack of talent or lack of funding, poor infrastructure, and even lack of data are mentioned as being the main barriers to effective implementation of Digital Transformation in banking sector. And, yes – these are the factors that can have an impact on deploying Digital Transformation into your company.

But, not many realise that in order to become a truly digital organisation, all businesses within financial sector must address 3 key cultural issues. These are: risk aversion, lack of customer centricity, and siloed mind-sets as stated in McKinsey & Company report. And these three cultural barriers surpass all others and should become the highest priority for any bank planning to go digital.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Corporate Culture, Finance, Change and Innovation

4 Reasons Why Collaboration Can Help You Drive Digital Transformation

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 20-Sep-2018 07:30:00

Many people don’t realise it, but collaboration is crucial for your business.  It can be the key to success, a way to boost innovation as well as productivity, and enhance your credibility, and in some cases even investment potential.

When collaboration takes place, the entire organisation can benefit from it. We talk about increased engagement within employees, retention and attraction of talent, increased velocity, and profitability!

But apart from that, collaborative culture is essential element for an organisation’s survival.

Developments in mobile and digital technology drive forward plethora of companies interested in benefits of Digital Transformation, however while doing so they completely forget about opportunities, which can be capitalised only if barriers to collaboration were broken.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Success, Finance