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The rise and rise of APIs

24th September 2018

Much has been written about the role of application programmable interfaces or APIs, which are in ubiquitous use these days, although mention APIs to experienced technology professionals and you get raised eyebrows and shaking of heads in unison, decrying API novelty with a diatribe evidencing long term prior use. In simple terms, APIs... read more
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How banks are preparing (or not) for T2/T2S consolidation

24th September 2018

Company: TAS Group
In 2020 another seismic upheaval looms on the horizon for the European financial community. This time the main players are the European central and national banks. Vision 2020, as the Eurosystem’s T2/T2S Consolidation project is known, sees the technical consolidation of TARGET2 and TARGET2-Securities and the harmonisation and integration of... read more
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As Brexit threatens, Absa Bank opens Africa to UK investors

19th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
Last week Absa Bank, one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups, launched its UK office.   The move supports the group’s ambition to open Africa to the UK and Europe as the preferred corporate and investment banking partner, even if trade relations between the UK and Europe seem to be heading for a no-deal; the... read more
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Banks drive blockchain commodities platform

19th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
Announed on September 19, komgo SA aims to digitalise the commodities trading sector through a blockchain based open platform. The founders of the new venture include: BNP Paribas, Citi, ABN AMRO, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch Supply & Trading, Macquarie, Mercuria, MUFG Bank, Natixis, Rabobank, Shell, SGS, and Societe... read more
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Platformification and collaboration ensures survival

19th September 2018

Company: Finastra
Platformification throws up some interesting challenges for banks and collaboration is increasingly being seen as the emerging model to address existing gaps. Working with fintechs means that banks can offer new and attractive innovations to their customers quickly by curating fintech partners in an ecosystem that blends their creativity side by... read more
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Forward-looking banks go to market for fintech elevation

18th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
“There’s a reluctance,” said Hans Tesselaar, executive director of the Banking Industry Architecture Network (Bian), when asked about banks’ attitudes to opening up their systems to third party fintech vendors. “Why should you open up all your very sensitive bank account information to third parties when all... read more
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Legacy failings ramp up finance's digital costs

18th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
The recent CIO Survey by Couchbase, the innovative NoSQL database company, found that financial services spent twice the industry average spend on digital transformation in the last 12 months, or $42m compared to the average $24m. The reason may be that financial services CIOs are investing in the wrong things, according to Jes Breslaw, Director... read more
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Designing a digital- and customer-first banking experience

13th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
Legacy banks have traditionally held the position of power but, shackled by the constraints of their own legacy issues, their efforts to withstand the tremors of disruption are starting to fall short. This shift in the financial landscape has given rise to a new breed of banking experience that answers the demands of savvy and time-poor... read more
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Adapting to tokens: the simpler, the better

12th September 2018

Company: Comarch Finance
In my previous article, I tried to answer the fundamental question of why anyone would need a token. Today, we know we need it in order to keep our money safe. It is a good time to reflect on some token-related problems and try to come up with a solution. We will address those problems both from the production and usage sides, which,... read more
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Case study: Dechra & Salmon

12th September 2018

With revenues doubling and rapid expansion leading to an increase from 16 to 36 global business units, Dechra Pharmaceuticals faced a major challenge in managing its cash and treasury operations across the group. In this case study, Dechra’s group treasurer Steve Card explains how they met the challenge. The company Dechra is an... read more