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The Digital Transformation of Financial Services

Posted by Michael Carter on Jun 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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It’s no longer a question of “if,” but rather how and when. For an increasing number of consumers, the primary means of interacting with their financial institution is the mobile banking app that lives on their smartphone, not the physical branch. And this segment of the population will only continue to expand. Younger tech-savvy generations will continue to age into the need for banking services while, at the same time, other demographics gain more comfort with digital channels.

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Topics: Technology

Sourcing the Next Generation of Digital Banking, Part 2

Posted by Michael Carter on May 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Last week, we presented the first half of two key considerations for how a bank or credit union committed to a mobile first strategy can best stay current in offering state-of-the-art mobile services.

If an institution is not counted among the largest of FIs, answering this question will likely involve evaluating an array of options to determine which best fits a bank or credit union’s goal. This environment is different from what has been seen in the past where a few very large providers controlled most of the offerings. This gives FIs of every size the chance to shake free of the constraints of legacy third-party solutions and become competitive again.

Let’s delve a bit deeper into what that exactly means.

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Topics: Technology

Sourcing the Next Generation of Digital Banking, Part 1

Posted by Michael Carter on May 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Reality Check

The future of banking is digital. Period. Hopefully we’ve progressed to a point in financial services where this statement is accepted wisdom and no longer needs to be debated.  There are reams of data that support this and nothing about the future as it is unfolding now suggests otherwise.

Another given is that all digital engagement strategies should now be “mobile first.”  From the looks of some mobile banking apps deployed today, this has not yet reached the level of accepted wisdom in our industry.

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Topics: Technology

CBA LIVE 2018: Why Digital and Security Driver Growth

Posted by Michael Carter on Apr 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Strategic Resource Management joined more than 1,400 other attendees at Consumer Bankers Association’s CBA LIVE in Orlando, Fla. last month to discuss fresh trends and best practices in the retail banking industry. The mixture of informative programming, expert discussions and a host of networking opportunities created an atmosphere that was energetic and engaging.

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Why It’s Time Your Institution Should Stop Trying to be Like Amazon

Posted by Michael Carter on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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It’s time the financial services industry, especially banks and credit unions, stop aspiring to be “Amazon-like” in their service delivery. While we are at it, let’s also jettison our desire to have user interfaces and experiences like those of Apple. And, just to make sure we are being completely fair, let’s add Google, PayPal, Venmo and others, to the list of those that financial institutions (FIs) should not worship as role models.

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Vendor Cost Benchmarking —How to Simplify a Grueling Task

Posted by Michael Carter on Feb 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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While negotiating a new vendor agreement may be the most visible part of the vendor contract management process, it’s the tedious attention to detail after the ink is dry that ensures the hard-fought cost savings materialize as promised.

This isn’t to say that service providers are looking to pull a fast one. Honest errors can (and do) occur on both ends of the agreement, probably more often than most of us would like to think. Circumstances, both internal and those dictated by market forces, also change over the life of a multi-year contract, leading to results that differ from expectations when the agreement was struck. That’s why ongoing auditing and benchmarking are essential components of any vendor contract management program.

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Topics: Vendors & Contracts

The Core System Conundrum

Posted by Michael Carter on Nov 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Replacing a bank or credit union’s core system is not a decision to be taken lightly. A conversion to a new software provider can easily take more than a year in a best case.  These projects have often been compared to a heart transplant – very expensive, high risk and resource intensive. They also usually consume IT bandwidth that is needed to respond to a litany of business priorities such as the front office channels, products and services consumers depend on daily.

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Topics: Vendors & Contracts

“Trust, but Verify” – When Managing Vendor Contract Negotiations

Posted by Michael Carter on Oct 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Ideally, a good business partnership should result in a “win/win” for all parties involved. Vendor relationships are no exception. No vendor will last long if their approach is predatory toward their clients. 

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Topics: Vendors & Contracts

The Next Generation of Mobile Banking

Posted by Michael Carter on Oct 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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In my last post, I recounted the extent to which the iPhone transformed the very notion of mobile banking. Let’s now shift the focus to catalysts for the next wave of banking innovation.

While the iPhone’s quantum leap occurred in 2007, its full impact on financial services didn’t emerge overnight because it took developers some time to leverage the opportunities this new platform enabled, and then another chunk of time for many financial institutions (FIs) and mass market consumers to embrace those capabilities. These phases were essential to making the smartphone the indispensable tool for navigating modern life, and they would be and will be repeated on rare occasions. 

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Topics: Technology, Vendors & Contracts

How the iPhone Changed Banking and Vendor Contract Negotiations

Posted by Michael Carter on Oct 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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As you certainly must know – unless you are returning from a long, wireless sabbatical spent in a cloister of monks sworn to silence, the iPhone recently celebrated a “big” birthday.  The device that changed most everything about banking, shopping, driving and more is 10 years old. 

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing, Technology, Vendors & Contracts