Infrastructure Insights


Incumbent FIs attempt to create agile operations

19th October 2018

Many large, global financial services institutions are facing mounting pressure from new, tech-first competitors. The continued rise of fintech, the emergence of Open Banking and a desire by regulators to promote a more competitive financial services market have all led to real change in the banking industry. Companies which have historically... read more

The buy versus build conundrum in data management

19th October 2018

It is becoming increasingly common for businesses to move away from in-house development and look to third-party vendors to provide data management solutions. The main reasons for this are economics and more predictable ROI, time-to-market and avoiding the risks that come with in-house development. Firms have come to realize that while in-house... read more

Europe unwilling to grasp blockchain

18th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
A recent report, ‘Blockchain in Europe: Closing the Strategy Gap’, conducted by Cognizant, reveals there are several internal barriers stopping blockchain from becoming impactful. These include truly understanding use cases, and assessing their costs and benefits (51%). Yvonne Zhang, CEO and co-founder of tech outfit Aquifer... read more

4 ways to ensure Open Banking doesn't become the next Cambridge Analytica

18th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The Open Banking Initiative, brought in by PSD2 on January 13, heralded the start of a new dawn. A key proponent of European Banking Authority (EBA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Competitions & Market Authority (CMA) policy, the permissioned release of customer data to third parties (TTP) from the incumbent custodians has already... read more

Suburbia founder: Startup or corporate, you're doing data wrong

17th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The world’s biggest banks and corporations still rely on archaic data sources which haven't improved in decades, according to Hamza Khan, founder of alternative data provider Suburbia. "Data is expensive, it's slow, it's often out of date before it's even released.  We think we can do better with alternative... read more

Open Banking fuels rise of BaaS

17th October 2018

Company: ONPEX
The financial services industry is well used to the as-a-service suffix. A service offered to incumbents by a variety of specialist third parties as well as the preferred model of operating for agile challengers, banking-as-a-service (BaaS) has grown in popularity -and looks set to solve some age-old pain points. And the BaaS revolution may... read more

59% of asset managers preparing for no-deal Brexit

16th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
While Theresa May told the UK's House of Commons on Monday that a Brexit deal was “still achievable” with five months remaining until the UK leaves the EU, 59% of investment firms are working towards a no deal Brexit, rather than wait for any potential political resolution. For financial services the priority concern is... read more

The back office revolution

15th October 2018

Company: AutoRek
Wherever you look and in whatever industry sector you might be in, some back office functions still appear to be operating in the dark ages. That's a stark opening line, but the reality is that many organisations are still reliant on manual processes and spreadsheets to fulfil their financial and regulatory obligations. In contrast, we do... read more

Open Banking concerns arise for payments providers

10th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Rachna Ahlawat, EVP and co-founder of Ondot Systems, expressed concerns about how Open Banking could take the one click payment process to something more cumbersome for consumers at this week’s PayExpo conference, in central London. “With the Open Banking initiative and having to validate every transaction that comes, the one time... read more

Evolution at the coalface: The future role of fraud operations

8th October 2018

The potential impact and role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undeniable. We increasingly see highly repetitive tasks moving from human manual labour, to machine-based automation. Fraud prevention is often labelled as one of the ‘quick wins’ for AI, and there is no dispute that the technology’s use is driving better detection. ... read more