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  • WNS: Helping B2C Digital Startup Banks to Scale Rapidly

    Aug 16, 2021, by Andy Efstathiou

      Digital startup banks are built on FinTech functionality to deliver financial services in an omnichannel environment. There are two types of FinTechs: B2B businesses that have a proprietary platform to deliver service to clients, and B2C businesses that provide clients with an all-digital banking experience. WNS: expanded focus on B2C FinTechs While WNS supports B2B and B2C, it[...]

  • Infosys’ Toolbox to Accelerate Banks’ Enterprise Journeys to the Cloud

    Jun 22, 2021, by Andy Efstathiou

      Banks are accelerating their move to the cloud to respond to the pandemic, enable greater operational agility to reduce time to market, and develop open banking capabilities. At the same time, performance dispersion (the operational variance across institutions within the industry) has increased significantly. Cloud delivery can change operational performance and hyperscale busine[...]

  • Capgemini’s Framework for Digital Transformation in the Financial Sector

    May 18, 2021, by Andy Efstathiou

      The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital transformation across all industries, and in the financial sector, operational transformation has grabbed the top spot in the priority list for investment and spending. At the same time, performance dispersion (the variance across institutions within the industry) has significantly increased. So, how can banks make their transfo[...]

  • Intelligent Automation Driving Profound Changes in Financial Services

    Apr 08, 2021, by Andy Efstathiou

      NelsonHall recently published a market assessment and forecast report on Intelligent Automation in Banking: Transforming Operations. We found that financial institutions must automate their operations if they are to compete successfully in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Currently, they operate with manual processes using a heterogeneous set of platforms, acquired over many years of [...]

  • 3 Key Growth Segments for Banking ITS & BPS in 2021

    Dec 18, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      Banks will spend 2021 pursuing different aspects of three key initiatives that have become more important since the advent of COVID-19. The first is process automation, which has become more important but needs to increase its delivery effectiveness.  The second, work-from-home (WFH) has also accelerated under COVID-19 but will need to change in 2021 to continue to be effective.[...]

  • How Capgemini is Targeting Improved Wealth Advisory Services

    Nov 03, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      It has been extensively reported that industries requiring in-person interaction, such as travel and entertainment, have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Less obvious has been the impact on industries that are often typified by remote delivery. For example, the wealth and asset management industry is primarily driven by the long-term buildup of wealth and involves in[...]

  • Banks Accelerate Efforts to Digitalize Operations to Deliver Customized Experiences

    Oct 14, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      I recently participated in a webinar panel during the Consumer Banking Association conference with Genpact and TD Bank. The panel topic was Genpact: Turning Crisis into Opportunity for Consumer Banking, and it addressed three core topics: The global health and economic crises have reshaped consumer banking Banks are adjusting to serve customers digitally while trying to maint[...]

  • Mortgage & Loan Industry Facing Profound Changes, Transforms Operational Delivery

    Jul 28, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      NelsonHall recently completed a market assessment and forecast report on Transforming Mortgage and Loan Services. We found that the lending industry is undergoing profound operational change as it adapts to slowing loan growth and emerging customer populations that are younger and more technology savvy. For the past two years, lenders have been: Variablizing and reducing the co[...]

  • Genpact’s Agile Approach to Collections to Support Scaling Operations

    Jun 12, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      The past decade since the global financial crisis (GFC) has been good for the lending industry. Loan delinquencies in the U.S. reached their highest level after the GFC in the first quarter of 2010 at 7.4% of commercial bank loan portfolios. Since then, loan delinquencies have fallen to 1.44% of loan portfolios as of the fourth quarter of 2019.  At the same time, loan portfolios[...]

  • Update: How COVID-19 is Impacting the Financial Services Industry

    Apr 21, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      This is an update on my last blog on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial services industry. Since then, I have interviewed many more industry executives both at banks and at operations services vendors. Industry responses are still muted, but clear signs are emerging that banks will be focused on prioritizing those activities which maintain continuity and support adaptation [...]

  • How COVID-19 is Impacting the Financial Services Industry

    Mar 19, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      COVID-19 is impacting banking operations and, as a consequence, related business process services (BPS). Banks are already restructuring operations to address the emerging challenges from COVID-19 (see below for those challenges). The changes are just beginning and will continue to evolve over at least the next four months. While the global adaptation to COVID-19 will take much longe[...]

  • Establishing Digital Banks Requires Commitment and a Clear Roadmap

    Feb 03, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      Banks have been aggressively transforming their operations to a digital delivery model. It is well known that a key driver, across all industries, is the need to attract new, primarily young, customers who prefer omnichannel interaction with vendors and demand high-quality CX in their business interactions. Less well known are two key drivers that make speedy transformation imperativ[...]

  • 3 Key Growth Segments for Banking ITS & BPS in 2020

    Jan 22, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      Banks will spend 2020 pursuing three key initiatives that have not been a priority in the past. Two of them, open banking and cloud delivery, are technology environments that have just recently matured to the extent that banks are able to drive business model change with them. The third priority is M&A driving large ITS engagements, and is typical of late-stage economic cycle act[...]

  • NIIT Technologies Delivers Digital Transformation with Capacity & Capability at Speed and Scale

    Oct 10, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      At its 2019 Engage Client Forum last week, NIIT Technologies explained how it is adapting to a continuously changing business and technology environment to deliver digital transformation for its clients. At its 2019 Engage Client Forum, NIIT Technologies explained how it is adapting to a continuously changing business and technology environment to deliver digital transformation fo[...]

  • Infosys Accelerates BFS Growth in NA with Platform-Based Digital Services Sales

    Sep 17, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      At the 2019 Infosys Confluence North American event last week, we spoke with execs about how Infosys has been driving accelerated growth in the BFSI sector in North America. Most of Infosys’ revenues in BFSI are in Banking and Financial (BFS) services, where the recent growth been based on the following major activities: Installations of Finacle: in the past two years, Fi[...]

  • How Capgemini is Helping Banks Transform Trade Finance

    Aug 29, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      Improving efficiency and reducing manual processing of trade finance services has been a difficult challenge for over a century. However, the industry is on the cusp of a transformation which promises to standardize and automate this highly idiosyncratic, manual ecosystem. This blog identifies some of the key trends in trade finance transformation and how one vendor, Capgemini, is su[...]

  • HCL’s EXACTO Intelligent Automation Streamlines Bank Trade Processing

    Jul 16, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      The BFSI industries are increasingly looking to intelligent automation (IA) to address key challenges in their business. A recent NelsonHall survey of 50 BFSI executives found that they perceive that IA is able to replace manual processing and human decision-making, allowing the bank’s operations to decouple processing volumes from headcount. Key benefits respondents expect to [...]

  • The Characteristics of Successful Blockchain Deployments in Banking

    Jul 01, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      Blockchain has been a focus of technologists, VCs, and media pundits for several years now. However, to date, operational deployment remains minimal. Of all enterprises already working with blockchain, only a few percent have a scale operational deployment. Blockchain has seen three stages in its short history: Lab testing of the technology: 2014 to 2016. Key events include the[...]

  • TCS Focuses on Human Challenge to Drive Enterprise Digital Transformation

    May 16, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

    NelsonHall recently attended the TCS Innovation Forum 2019 in New York. The forum demonstrated clear progress in TCS’ thinking and approach to Business 4.0 since last year’s conference – TCS has identified human engagement and buy-in with the principles of Business 4.0 as critical to successful implementation and value realization in business transformation. And human buy-in [...]

  • EY Becomes a Services Delivery Orchestrator with wavespace

    May 08, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      NelsonHall recently attended the EY Global Analyst Summit in Boston. EY has grown its revenues at 8.5% CAAGR over the past five years, while investing heavily in technology and adapting its business model to become an IP-based services vendor rather than a provider of pure labor-based services.  Here I take a quick look at EY’s wavespace offering and how it is being use[...]

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