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One Does Not Simply Switch Core Systems After COVID-19

Posted by Michael Carter and Bret Herbert on Jun 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One Does Not Simply Switch Core Systems After COVID-19

While community bankers were already weighing options on core processing and digital solution strategies before the pandemic, these decisions weigh heavily enough now to quickly tip the scales of survival. We’ve already shared our thoughts on how the “shelter in place” environment and its aftermath gave a serious jolt to any bank or credit union leader still on the fence about the importance of a robust digital backbone. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, Contract Negotiation, COVID-19, Core Systems, Core Platforms, Core Processing

Byte by Byte: Assembling a Foundation for the Now Normal Post-COVID-19

Posted by Patti Wubbels on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Byte by Byte - Assembling a Foundation for the Now Normal Post-COVID-19

In our last blog post, several SRM experts weighed in on the future of banking in the now normal - how consumer spending behaviors would influence branch operations and non-interest lines of revenue. In this post, we will shift our focus to big data, cyber risks and the need to reinforce legacy infrastructure.   

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Topics: COVID-19, Digital Channels, Card Branding, big data

Banking to Post-Pandemic Consumers – SRM Academy Expert Summary

Posted by Sisa Wang on May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Banking to Post-Pandemic Consumers – SRM Academy Expert Summary

We are spending a lot of time thinking through the near- and mid-term ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, especially impacts to the financial services industry. SRM has already shared several perspectives on this topic, including similarities/differences between today’s downturn to 2008’s financial crisis and financial institutions’ latest wake-up call concerning digital channels. Now, our lens focuses on what adapting to post-pandemic consumer banking and spending behaviors might look like. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, COVID-19, Digital Channels, post-pandemic, card network, Branch of the Future

COVID-19’s Digital Transformation Wrecking Ball

Posted by Michael Carter on May 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19’s Digital Transformation Wrecking Ball

There is a business cartoon that has been circulating around social media – a group of employees is holding court in a conference room. The manager at the head of the table declares, “Digital transformation is years away – I don’t see our company having to change anytime soon.” Meanwhile, outside the window just behind him swings a giant wrecking ball labeled “COVID-19.”  

The term “bank” never appears, but there is no sector for which the message rings truer. While the migration of banks and credit unions to digital channels has been underway for several years, of course, the national brands have been the most aggressive, creating an online capabilities gap over most community financial institutions. Given the pandemic-prompted closing of most branches and the energetic push of customers of all stripes toward remote channels, those investments by the largest institutions seem more prescient than ever. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, COVID-19, Digital Transformation

Adapting to Impacts of COVID-19 in Your Card Branding Agreements

Posted by Bob Koehler on May 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Adapting to Impacts of COVID-19 in Your Card Branding Agreements

It had long been predicted that the next U.S. economic downturn would be far less severe than the one triggered by the 2008 financial crisis. What wasn’t predicted, however, was the emergence of another “black swan” event like a coronavirus pandemic. Although the underlying fundamentals remain quite different, banks and credit unions everywhere should consider a few lessons learned from 2009-11 while they adapt their institution’s business model to the new norms of consumer behavior.  

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Topics: COVID-19, Card Branding Agreements

What a Decade’s Difference Means to Your Card Branding Agreements

Posted by Bob Koehler on Apr 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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Card-issuing institutions of all stripes (yes, a payments pun) are in store for some interesting times. According to SRM’s findings, a disproportionate number of card branding agreements are coming up for renewal over the next 12-18 months. Why is this important? Consider the timing.  These contracts, commonly signed with MasterCard and/or Visa, tend to be long term in nature and govern a large and growing share of non-interest income. As SRM witnessed during economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, properly realigning your bank or credit union’s critical card branding contract with the market, as well as other payments agreements, can uncover hundreds of thousands in both cost savings and revenue growth. 

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Topics: Debit and Credit, Card Not Present, Contactless, Card Branding

Automated Credit Decisioning: Set It but Don’t Forget It

Posted by Richard Whiddon on Apr 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Automated Credit Decisioning Set It but Don’t Forget It

Loan acquisition is not a new topic in boardrooms by any stretch, but priorities will likely shift (or have already) in the upcoming months given the effects of COVID-19Still, efficient access to credit remains a critical component of any economic recovery. Assuming some short-term retrenchment, automated credit decisioning will continue to play a critical role in financial institutions’ toolkits.

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Topics: Automated Credit Decisioning, Digital, Loan Acquisition, Loan Origination

SRM Clients Weigh in on Expected COVID-19 Impacts

Posted by Michael Carter on Mar 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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Over two weeks ago, our firm offered perspective on some things banks and credit unions can do to proactively support accountholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have maintained ongoing contact with our more than 1,000 clients as this situation continues to evolve. Additionally, we surveyed our industry network of clients and friends to help us understand how the virus is impacting their financial institution’s operations – and they delivered.  

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Topics: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Digital Channels, Remote Channels, Business Process Improvements

Preparing Your Financial Institution for COVID-19 Impacts

Posted by Larry Pruss on Mar 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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Being prepared for any potential downside is something bank and credit union executives take quite seriously and, since the early 2000s, have been required by regulators to maintain a pandemic crisis plan. Now all of these plans are being put to the test, especially after the announcement by the WHO that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic.

Even as the business world improves at predicting and defending against risks, Black Swans will always be a possibility. As is characterized by such an event, it’s easy in hindsight to say, “We should have seen this coming,” but the fact remains that we don’t know what we don’t know; e.g., the impacts on the stock market and disruptions to daily life brought on by COVID-19.

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Topics: Digital Banking, Cash, COVID-19, Card Not Present, Coronavirus, Contactless

The Double-Edged Sword of Technical Debt

Posted by Michael Carter on Feb 24, 2020 3:30:00 PM

The Double-Edged Sword of Technical Debt

A colleague of mine once said, “God was able to create Heaven and Earth in six days because He did not have an installed base of users.” Anyone who has spent any time in the software business understands this axiom all too well.

This is essentially the premise behind technical debt. As soon as your institution commits to a solution and begins adding customers or members to it, constraints emerge making it difficult to enhance or upgrade the technology.

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Topics: Open Banking, APIs, Technical Debt

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