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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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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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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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What’s Trending in Vendor Contract Management? Trimming Branches via E-Tellers

Posted by Russ Bourne on Nov 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM


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SRM recently reached out to several dozen credit union clients to better understand their priorities for the next 12 months, including new product rollouts to address areas of greatest interest to members. Their responses cover a wide area, which isn’t surprising given the unique client segments being served. Nonetheless, certain trends clearly emerge.   

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Topics: Technology, 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

Revenue-Enhancement Services: Demystifying Debit Interchange

Posted by Bob Koehler on May 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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For nearly all banks and credit unions, debit interchange ranks alongside overdraft fees as one of the two leading sources of non-interest income, yet few financial institutions (FIs) have actually analyzed the underlying dynamics of their interchange programs.

Since debit interchange revenue has been on a solid, upward trend for decades – with one notable exception – it is possible that some banks and credit unions have decided to leave well enough alone and simply enjoy the ride. In the meantime, however, soaring consumer volumes have masked some less favorable changes in rates and product mix beneath the surface, and FIs that fail to actively manage their debit portfolios are likely leaving money on the table.

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