Infrastructure Insights

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What’s holding UK and EU payments back?

19th June 2018

Company: Viva Wallet
Despite Brexit uncertainty, the average UK SME made international payments of £48,000 in Q1 of 2018, up 5% year on year and the second highest amount recorded in over two years. It would seem that efficient payments in a range of different currencies are more crucial than ever, and UK businesses need to keep up. Complex, fragmented... read more
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Case study: global acquiring for Russiantrains

18th June 2018

Company: ECommPay
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, spread out across 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, offers a chance for leading travel platforms to demonstrate the capabilities of their online booking systems. As a major sporting event, the World Cup is expected to attract over 1.5 million foreign tourists between June 14 – July 15, most of whom will opt for... read more
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Will Volcker changes be catastrophic or present opportunities for fintechs?

12th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
Donald Trump has struggled to make substantial gains on a wide range of the divisive policies that catapulted him into office in 2016 – but one campaign promise the president’s administration has managed to follow through on is his pledge to reform chunks of the sweeping Dodd Frank Act implemented by his predecessor. On 24 May,... read more
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Six key data strategy considerations for cloud native transformation

8th June 2018

Many organizations are making the move to cloud-native platforms as their strategy for digital transformation. Cloud native allows companies to deliver fast-responding, user-friendly applications with greater agility. However, the architecture of the data in support of cloud-native transformation is often ignored in the hope that it will take care... read more
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How accounting and financial apps will be the first beneficiaries of Open Banking

8th June 2018

In the new economy, the endgame for financial services is becoming clearer. Accessibility will be the norm, the app store is the new high street and the financial app the vehicle that will deliver a financial future in which Open Banking will become the norm for all. ‘Changing consumer habits’ are both a demand for change, and a... read more
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Monese CEO: fintech must serve post-Brexit banking community

6th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
“I’m not a big fan of Brexit,” says Norris Koppel, CEO of Monese, on the sidelines of Money 20/20, in Amsterdam. “It flies in the face of financial inclusion. That’s why we hired the Brexit bus as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek mockery.” The former Leave bus, repurposed for financial inclusion. Instead... read more
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Metro Bank: "We sit between challenger and incumbents"

5th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
Founded in 2010, Metro Bank has seen rapid growth in its 8 years of existence, gathering some 1.5m customers.  Young enough to be called a challenger yet using a business model more closely aligned with the high street banks of old, Metro Bank is in limbo between both camps in the great 'Challenger vs. Incumbent' debate. ... read more
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Middleware in the investment management industry

4th June 2018

Company: Quintessence
Wikipedia defines middleware as “software glue” that binds mutually independent software systems. There’s no loose definition of muddleware – the messy goo that cobbles together disparate parts in a kludge that becomes harder to manage over time. Typically, this muddling through leads to several opaque systems, each with its... read more
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Visa Europe CEO “sorry” for outage and unveils commitments to Europe’s fintech

4th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
At Money20/20, hosted this week in Amsterdam, Charlotte Hogg, CEO of VISA Europe apologised for the Visa outage that left many consumers and merchants unable to use the service. Last Friday Visa reported an outage across UK and EU markets with millions affected. “I’d like to start by saying sorry to our shareholders and card... read more
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Automated workflows – smart guides for your treasury processes

4th June 2018

A workflow is a series of tasks needed to accomplish a specific treasury-related goal, eg to open a bank guarantee. It typically spans a number of internal and external systems and involves different types of user roles/actors responsible for performing the workflow tasks needed to accomplish the goal. What is a good workflow? A good workflow... read more