Webinar: Don’t Disrupt – Avoiding the Dangers of Transformation

Webinar: Don’t Disrupt – Avoiding the Dangers of Transformation

Challenger banks shouldn’t stand a chance. Incumbent banks have tens of millions of customer relationships, decades of risk-management experience, and petabytes of data.


Yet incumbent banks struggle to adapt to rising customer expectations quickly enough. This has encouraged well-funded, design-led, new market entrants to pose serious competitive threats. Incumbents struggle with rapid change because of the legacy systems, silos, and data volumes that exceed human capacity to analyze them.


In pursuit of disruptive innovations, banks have embarked on digital transformation programs and big data projects. But the low odds for success for these initiatives make them dangerous. Seventy percent of digital transformations fail, according to McKinsey. And 60% of big data projects fail, according to Gartner. These are investments with high risks and mostly uncertain return.


Watch this webinar, to learn about a new approach. You will learn how to:
• Leverage legacy systems and understand data across systems and silos
• Turn inhuman amounts of data into information for human decision-makers
• Reduce the cognitive burden on employees so they can use their unique skills
• Increase revenue and cost productivity while reducing risk
• Scale solutions with natural language processing and machine learning

Featuring:

John Finneran
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Financial Services
Sinequa

Finneran is the Senior Product Marketing Manager, Financial Services at Sinequa. He is responsible for go-to-market strategy and designing industry-specific use cases and solutions. Sinequa helps financial institutions become information driven. The platform extracts real-time relevant information and insights from large amounts of data across all formats. R

Analyst All-Stars – Global Fintech: What’s Hot & What’s Not…

At every Finovate, we welcome four leading fintech research analysts to take the stage for seven minutes each to present key opportunities for the future. Take a look back on our most recent set from FinovateSpring 2019 featuring Michelle Evans, Global Head of Digital Consumer Research at Euromonitor International; Jacob Jegher, Senior Vice President, Banking Head of Strategy, Javelin Strategy and Research; Dan Latimore, Senior Vice President, Banking Group, Celent; and Paul Berg, Senior Managing Consultant, Gallup.

Early booking for FinovateSpring 2020 is also now open! Book your tickets now at the lowest possible price!

FinovateSpring 2019: “You have to be at Finovate if you want to be an innovator”

1100+ attendees. 60+ demoers. 120+ speakers. Only at Finovate.

Across 3 main days and one specialist summit day during FinovateSpring 2019, we were joined by hundreds of senior financial and banking executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers, regulators and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area and beyond to explore fintech’s real-world solutions and share cutting edge insight.

Early booking for FinovateSpring 2020 is now open!  Book your tickets now at the lowest possible price!

Webinar: Digital, Data and Disinformation – Modern Banking

Webinar: Digital, Data and Disinformation – Modern Banking

Take a look back on the latest FinTech Futures and Finovate webinar, Digital, Data and Disinformation: Modern Banking with Jon Deutsch, from Information Builders; and Dave Birch, Global Ambassador at Consult Hyperion.

Technology and increasing competition have rendered the financial services sector very much under pressure. Banking is not what it used to be, and it’s becoming clear that new players are appearing by the minute, who will take a seemingly marginal share.

However, these changes are not as bad as they seem. If we focus on the potential of fintech disintermediation, digital transformation, and data proliferation, it’s easy to see that the industry is ripe for disruption.

Future growth and success belong to those institutions who align on strategy to marshal these forces to build and retain market share through superior products, service, and customer outcomes.

Banking and financial services industry leaders must now look to push the boundaries of innovation even further and question exactly how the implementation of emerging technology enablers can help them to truly redefine the customer experience.I

Is There a Role for the Branch in The Digital World?

Alex Jimenez, Vice President Senior Strategist, Zions Bancorporation, will be joining the Leaders Debate on the new platforms and technologies transforming banking at FinovateSpring, coming to San Francisco in two weeks. Here, he considers the role of physical bank branches in the digital world.

I often hear people ask if there is a role for the bank branch. This question consists of several components:

  • In this increasingly digital world, customers still go to bank branches, why?
  • How do digital technologies affect in-person experiences?
  • How do digital technologies change the setting where those experiences happen?

I’d like to tackle each of them separately.

Why do customers still use branches?

In the past few years several opinion surveys have come back with similar responses to this question. Americans surveyed say that they still want bank branches for when they have issues with the bank, or because they still frequent the bank for their everyday banking activities. These two reasons don’t make much sense in the aggregate. 

Bank call center metrics indicate that when people have an issue with a bank, they call the bank rather than visit the branch. In addition, branch transactions are down across all types of customers and FIs. People use digital channels for everyday transactions, like checking balances, transferring funds, and depositing checks.

The gap between survey responses and data indicates that a vast difference exists between how people respond to these questions and how they behave

How do digital technologies affect in-person experiences?

The main concern that branch traditionalists describe is the inability for a customer to reach a person. Do digital technologies potentially eliminate the banker, or can they help them?

As noted earlier, digital technologies have impacted rote branch transactions. There is still a need to visit branches to deposit checks and cash, but the use of both is also diminishing. 

Customers still use branches to open new accounts, apply for loans, and get advice. Account opening and application can be done digitally, and are slowly being impacted. The pace of the decline has more to do with banks’ clumsy technology or policies than the actual availability of technology.

If rote transactions and account opening move to digital channels, advice and selling remain the activities most often cited as reasons for a physical branch. Digital technologies, however, can augment advice, selling, and even in-person account opening very simply. Yet, many banks have not extended digital capabilities to today’s branch. Many years ago at a previous organization, my team deployed a self-service tool on our website that allowed a small business customer to answer questions and receive offers to address their specific needs. The service relied on a simple algorithm that helped the customer navigate through a 15-minute session. The tool did not succeed online. However, we deployed it at the branch where it became successful. Apparently, the combination of the human touch, and the algorithm, resulted in a better experience. Previously, the branches had used paper pamphlets to help them highlight services. 

Call centers have knowledgebases at their disposal, yet they are not often offered to branch staff. Similarly, sales teams have access to CRM dashboards that are used sparingly by branch staff. Branch staff can use these technologies to enable themselves to provide better experiences.

How do digital technologies change the settings of where those experiences happen?

If banks provide branch staff with digital tools to optimize all person-to-person customer experiences, do they need the physical real estate? Probably not, in the longer term. 

Many banks have begun and continue to transform and consolidate branches because of the changes that digital technologies bring. The industry has focused on rote transactions and their impact on the branch, but the reality is that people perform most transactions remotely. 

Many years ago, various FIs like Coastal Credit Union in North Carolina rolled out video ATMs which allow for video conversations with bankers sitting in their call center. Aside from cash transactions it doesn’t take much to allow those same video bankers to be able to have video chats with customers through any internet-connected device. As more and more people become accustomed to having video chats with others, these channels will naturally become more popular than the local branch.

So, is there a role for the branch in the digital world? It depends on how branch is defined. In the short-term the branch as it is configured today will continue to slowly decline. Future branches will not bear much resemblance to the branch of today. The branch of the future may not be a location at all. I expect it to be sets of experiences, some of which will be facilitated by bankers with access to digital tools, on various delivery methods many of which aren’t available yet.

The Human Side of Digital Transformation

This is a guest post written by Dave Jones, VP of Product Marketing at Nuxeo, a Silver Sponsor of FinovateSpring. Jones is a strategic marketing leader and information management expert with 20+ years of experience in the technology space.

Today, consumers embrace a willingness to experiment with new ways of doing things. This, in turn, is driving the need for financial services companies to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives in order to compete and remain relevant to customers.

But digital transformation should not mean customers never talk to a human being. A digital business should look to exploit technology to create new sources of value for customers above and beyond their products and services. They should also look to increase operational agility in the service of those customers—and that service does not always have to be digital. It can, and often should, be a human interaction.

Many describe this human element within an organization as the culture – but what is culture?

It’s a shared set of values and beliefs that drive behavior. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. It’s how people behave when no one is looking and when no one is telling them what to do that will pave the way for great innovation.

At Nuxeo, we believe that a digital culture is critical to the success of a digital transformation project. Below are four ways that culture can play a pivotal role in digital transformation projects:

  1. To drive digital experiences, strive for a culture that fosters customer empathy and that values a deep understanding of customers’ needs and ecosystems.
  2. To drive digital operations, focus on things that customers value, and reward digital experimentation and collaboration. Nurture a culture that embeds metrics (customer metrics) into the scorecard of every employee. And foster customer empathy and customer-led decision making.
  3. To leverage digital ecosystems for broadening platforms and partnerships, nurture a culture that promotes internal and external collaboration.
  4. To place digital innovation at the intersection of experiences and operations, support a culture that encourages speed instead of perfection. Develop a healthy tolerance for risk, and a willingness to fail fast and learn from failures.

In order to become a digital business and move up the digital maturity curve, no financial institute can ignore culture because it impacts everything. The traits found in strong digital and customer-focused cultures include:

• Customer Obsession

• Empathy

• Speed & Agility

• Collaboration

• Experimentation

These are the traits that successful digital businesses have in common, and they’re the traits that allow organizations to drive their digital transformation to the highest level. However, these traits are missing from many digital transformation programs, despite assertions by many who say “Yeah, we’re doing that.” This is a problem.

Most organizations are still addressing digital transformation as a tactical, short-term savings focused exercise. Some are getting some cost savings and functional agility, but very few are creating end-to-end digital businesses with a sustainable and long-term competitive advantage. What we have are organizations that think they are done with digital transformation who were never truly on the journey, and never addressed the human and cultural piece of the puzzle.

To those organizations, we implore you to rethink your strategy and to factor culture into your digital transformation journey. But to those organizations who are using empathy, collaboration, and the natural human instinct to help others as a way to deliver a stronger and more sustainable offering to their customers – bravo. You are in the enviable position of having all the right pieces in place for your digital transformation journey – all that remains is for you to push ahead, build on the strength of your new human-digital culture and enjoy the trip.

To learn more about the trends driving digital transformation and strategies for success, download this complimentary Digital Business Playbook for Financial Services. Nuxeo is a Silver Sponsor of FinovateSpring, coming to San Francisco in less than one month! Find out how you can get involved with FinovateSpring here >>

PayTech Awards 2019: Celebrating Innovative Projects and Inspirational People

PayTech Awards 2019: Celebrating Innovative Projects and Inspirational People

PayTech Awards, brought to you by FinTech Futures, are exciting awards in their second year that recognize excellence and innovation in the use of IT in the finance and payment industry worldwide, and the people who make it happen.

The 2019 Awards are now open for entries in the following categories:

Judged awards

  • Best Consumer Payments Initiative
  • Best Corporate Payments Initiative
  • Best Mobile Payments Initiative
  • Best Use of Biometrics in Payments
  • Best Prepaid Initiative
  • Best Cards Initiative
  • Top Paytech Innovation
  • Best E-commerce Initiative
  • Best Paytech Partnership
  • Paytech for Good

Leadership awards

  • Rising Paytech Star Award – free to enter
  • Woman in Paytech Award – free to enter
  • Paytech Leadership Award – free to enter
  • Paytech Team of the Year

OVUM Payments Innovation awards

  • Best Real-Time Payments Solution Provider
  • Best Open Banking Solution Provider
  • Best Solution Provider for Payment Systems in the Cloud

Think your project deserves to win this year? Or do you know someone that should receive special recognition? The deadline has now been extended to the 19th April, so get nominating >> 

Last year attendees of the PayTech Awards enjoyed the hospitality of a luxurious Silver Sturgeon yacht as it cruised along the river Thames. This year the awards will be announced on 5 July, and will be hosted at the HAC (Honourable Artillery Company), a historic 18th Century mansion accompanied by a six acre garden in London’s Moorgate. Check out last year’s highlights and see what’s in-store:

For more information or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the PayTech Awards website or get in touch with Jon Robson via email jon.robson@knect365.com.

The Evolution of the Third Era of Commerce

During FinovateEurope 2019, Giulio Montemagno – Head of Europe, Amazon Pay took to the stage to discuss the ripples of change we’re seeing in payments and e-commerce, and how voice commerce will redefine the ideal customer experience. In the third era of commerce, only early adopters win.

“Since the emergence of digital, commerce has been in a state of transformation, first with e-commerce and then with the rise of mobile came m-commerce. Today, we are in the very early stages of the third era – voice commerce – a powerful medium that will transform our day-to-day lives and how we purchase.”

Don’t miss more cutting-edge insights like this at the upcoming FinovateSpring event in San Francisco, May 7-10. Find out more >>

Easy Come, Easy Go: The Disruption of Loyalty

Customers are more in control than ever before. Digital has transformed the purchase journey and market saturation is common. Even legislative changes are encouraging customers to shop around. With competition just a scroll, click or voice command away customer retention has never been more important. As a result, the Financial Services industry needs to establish new value amongst their audiences in order to drive loyalty. But what is deemed ‘value’ in this environment and how can new technologies help? In this talk from FinovateEurope 2019, Russell Pert, UK Head of Industry, Financial Services at Facebook, discusses how technology is augmenting relationships between brands and customers and why the future of loyalty is centred around relevant and meaningful one to one interactions, at scale.

Hear it from the Experts: The Future of Fintech and Inclusivity

Throughout Finovate Live, we’ve heard from experts on a whole host of fintech hot topics, including new technology like AI and robotics, as well as analysis on what is happening in retail banking and trends driving innovation at such a fast pace. What can often be lacking are the voices exploring the moral and ethical justifications around technology deployments, and the consideration around how we can ensure that all the advancements in the finance industry will benefit everyone. Here, we bring you conversations centering around the future of fintech and why it is so important to have these conversations now. 

 Tan Le, Founder and CEO at EMOTIV on why its important to ensure new technology is inclusive

Olga Miler, former MD and Global Programme Architect at UBS Wealth Management on improving women’s customer experience within finance

Giulio Montemagno, Head of Europe at Amazon Pay on deviceless transactions and the future of voice technology

Harrie Vollard, Head of Rabo Frontier Ventures at Rabobank on what start-ups in accelerators need to focus on to be successful