The finance sector remains one of the biggest technology spenders and as an industry is heavily reliant upon technology in terms of its organisational structure, products and services development and its service delivery.
Technology has truly revolutionised banking and this bears no cross-industry comparison. In grocery retail, 50 years ago, essentials might have been delivered to your door by bike. Now Tesco might get them to you in a van; the interface might be via the web but the customer service hasn't advanced much. Contrast this with banking where, 50 years ago, banks were still handwriting customer statements, money was only available from the branch and cash spoke loudest.
A far cry from today's banking – and all due to changes the like of which we'll probably never see again. Paper-based processes now managed electronically by banks' proprietary software coupled with industry-wide web-based delivery standards. The benefits? Better integration with cash management, cost savings, greater efficiency and all translating to better bottom line profitability.
IT continues to enable levels of service customers expect. We are told that change is the only constant and that has never been more true than in the case of the finance sector.
From InformationWeek Depending on which consultancy you ask and what they're ultimately trying to sell you, the failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37% to 75%. I especially like the 37% not 35, but 37 because those extra two percentage points give the kind of false precision ... read more..
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Cliff Mills, NCC Research Manager The IT department has not been immune to the economic uncertainties that have faced organisations in the past few years, whether in the private or public sector. IT has a pivotal role to play in aiding the streamlining of business processes, introducing operational efficiencies, and ... read more..
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Mobile devices are being used to prevent fraudThe growing use of mobile devices for a whole range of business and private applications provides many advantages. However, while we all appreciate the benefits of instant access to information on the move, there are often security implications that need to be addressed. ... read more..
21 October 2010 Log in to download the presentations for free We are delighted to invite you as our guest to share in the debate, opinions of our experts and experience of your peers about the state of the market today and what to do about it in these economic ... read more..
Metro Bank threw open its doors in the UK on 29 July with all the razzamatazz expected of a new entrant hoping to make an impact on both the media and prospective customers on its first day of trading. However, for all the glitz and gimmickry, new account holders might ... read more..
The vision of a cashless society will not be fulfilled in the foreseeable future. Cash is expected to remain the primary method of payment by volume. Consequently, competitive banks need to maintain or expand their ATM channels. However, this needs to happen with a strong focus on efficiency as the ... read more..
Canadian alternative equities trading venue Omega ATS has moved onto a newer, faster matching engine, which is the software that matches buy and sell orders in a given stock and thus is the core of any exchange or venue. This indicates that competition in Canada is still growing and demand ... read more..
Property and casualty electronic insurance exchanges have not had an illustrious history of success. It seems inherently reasonable that an industry that consists entirely of information and process flows would conduct its transactions electronically. However, arguments about customization of underwriting data requirements, fear of commoditization, and unwillingness to shoulder ... read more..
business driven IT investmentSeeking out the investments that support business challengesIn the depths of recession many businesses took traditional, reactive cost-cutting measures such as pay freezes and reductions in departmental budgets to get through the toughest parts of the economic winter. However, as we begin to see the green shoots ... read more..
From the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK.For issue 30th April 2010As companies struggle with uncertainty, both in the general economy and their particular marketplace, the finance department is facing increased demand for improved management information, cost reductions and efficiency savings. This is according to new research commissioned by the Evaluation ... read more..
John Lovelock, Chief Executive of FAST IiS (the Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software), discusses possible threats to the digital economy. The digital economy has received much publicity over the last year, and especially the last few weeks. The Governments Digital Britain Report has led to the Digital ... read more..
With unemployment, hiring freezes and redundancy dominating the headlines, its not surprising that many business professionals will happily say goodbye to a recession-dominated 2009 and look forward to a more positive 2010. The IT sector, like many others, was unable to sidestep the impact of a global recession, experiencing a ... read more..
Growing numbers of banks and financial institutions are adopting text messaging as part of a raft of measures designed to improve customer communication, enhance service levels and attain competitive advantage. However, the constraints of traditional text technology have limited the range of services that can be delivered to customers. Leveraging ... read more..
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Results of NCC Member Question Issued 27 November 2009We plan to move our Trading Room to another building. Currently we have conventional PCs rack mounted in a comms room with a small remote box (connected to the PC over ethernet cable) on the traders desks providing display, k/board and mouse ... read more..
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Research conducted by the National Computing Centre and Atos Consulting, the consulting arm of Atos Origin, has revealed that businesses are re-establishing growth agendas and are becoming ever more dependent on IT solutions to differentiate and remain competitive. This survey highlights that in all companies, large and small, legacy IT ... read more..
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