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KPMG’s new “Pulse of Fintech” report demonstrates that the UK  tops  Europe for fintech investment, accounting for more than half of the total investment of $26bn. The UK managed...

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Wirecard has partnered Gebr. Heinemann to integrate Chinese payment methods, including Alipay, into the central checkout system of the Hamburg-based trading company’s shops at airports. Following the launch in...

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Cinnober’s board of directors has appointed Peter K. Lenardos as group CEO. Lenardos has served as Cinnober’s group CFO since June of this year, and was a senior financial...

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Connecticut-based Seasons Federal Credit Union has signed an agreement with online and mobile banking provider Bankjoy. According to Seasons CIO William Weingartner, the partnership with Bankjoy will allow the...

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PSCU, the payments credit union service organization (CUSO), has partnered with Ondot, the mobile payments service, to introduce a comprehensive alerts and controls solution. The solution – which represents...

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Temenos has joined forces with the Venture lab at The American University in Cairo (AUC) to bolster growth in the city’s fintech industry. Temenos will support financial innovation in...

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The Agricultural Bank of Sudan has gone live on ICS Banks Islamic from ICSFS. The bank, which is wholly-owned by the government, replaced existing legacy systems to lay a...

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Tata Consultancy Services has announced that Bahrain-based SNIC Insurance (formerly known as Saudi National Insurance Company) has selected TCS BaNCS for Insurance to support its digital transformation strategy. TCS...

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The UK operations of the National Bank of Egypt has deployed two solutions from Finastra – Fusion Treasury and Fusion Risk. The bank is the oldest and largest operating in...

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Morocco-based Attijariwafa Bank Group has signed on for Path Solutions‘ iMAL, in a project which will see the system implemented across 31 branches. The platform will be deployed at Bank...

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Q2 Holdings has announced an agreement to acquire Cloud Lending, a privately-held SaaS company that provides an integrated end-to-end lending and leasing platform. “By acquiring Cloud Lending, we will...

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Payment solutions platform, Intrapay has added a number of new faces to its team. Among them is Intrapay’s new Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Steven Kearney. Steven has years of...

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Russia is experiencing a boom in cashless payments, according to a report from Sberbank. The largest share of sales turnover using cards in relation to total withdrawal of cash...

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Maersk and IBM have announced the creation of TradeLens, jointly developed by the two companies to apply blockchain to the world’s global supply chain. TradeLens is the result of...

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SWIFT has been certified by the Eurosystem to provide connectivity to TIPS – TARGET Instant Payment Settlement – as from its go-live date on 30 November 2018. SWIFTNet Instant, which...

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HSBC has decided to move seven offices from London as it prepares for Brexit. The Europe-focused offices, which are responsible for the bank’s activities in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech...

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Virtusa has conducted a meta-analysis of over 40 reports from the likes of Deloitte, PwC and Gartner, to create the ‘xLabs Trends Almanac’ which ranks each banking trend on...

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How does one present the best-fit solution for a Bank in the most effective manner? How does one ensure that the selection process is made objective, transparent and focused? CedarIBS has conducted several Core Banking Selection and implementation exercises. Based on our experience, we present 10 steps for effective selection of Core Banking systems.

So what does a typical core banking implementation typically entail? What does it take for a program to be successful – or at least ensure that the most common mistakes and pitfalls are avoided? Where do implementations tend to go wrong and how does one pre-empt it? While the questions and answers may be quite unending, this article looks to identify the seven phases of a typical core banking transformation

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Building a digital strategy for a bank is not just about getting the mobile banking app going or rolling out a marketing campaign. The true success in building a digital bank is in the ability to have the right proposition for the customer, building internal capabilities that can help in delivering the right digital experience – ensuring the transformation is embraced both internally and externally

IT outsourcing and offshoring is imperative for organizations due to rapid changes in technology, diverse skill requirements and the scale of teams required to deliver large programs. The business case for IT outsourcing has moved far beyond just labor arbitrage. Businesses can no longer hope to deliver all the required services in-house. We look at the factors that are likely to drive the next wave of adoption of IT outsourcing, business process outsourcing and shared services

While bank performances tend to get typically measured by the growth of asset book or net profit, a holistic assessment of the bank’s performance needs to be based on measuring both, financial and non-financial performance – which is the true essence of a Balanced Scorecard

Why do IT projects tend to face difficulties through its implementation life cycle? Is it because it is too technical? Is it because we don’t have the right people? Is it because the solution itself is not what a company should be looking at in the first place? It is important to define the foremost objective from a return of investment standpoint. The article analyzes the various determining factors that govern a serious IT investment

It is estimated that over 60% of technology transformation projects fail to meet budgets or timelines. Good program management is an integral part of a successful transformation, and this is not an area that banks can afford to ignore. After all, there are projects that are always ongoing, and each one of them has a cost and a benefit embedded. So what are the five key tenets of a successful program management framework?

What are the priorities for CIOs and CTOs these days? What are the technologies to invest in today and what are the ones to keep an eye on for the future? What do new buzzwords like cloud, digital, analytics, mobility and big data mean to the new banking technology architecture and where is the impact mostly felt?

Across the globe, banks and financial institutions tend to focus much of their energy on selecting multiple service or solution providers, and these selection processes are governed largely by two important principles: the degree of detail required in the solution/service that is being procured and the timeframe in which the selection needs to be accomplished. A bank’s choice of vendor typically falls into one of four models, and the article looks at these models in greater detail

Good management is about 90% planning and 10% execution. As they say, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. A plan to be implementable has to be both comprehensive and comprehensible

A bank’s IT strategy is only as good as its implementation and adoption, a case of designing a good IT roadmap aligned to the strategy, but also a direct result of how disciplined the bank is in implementing its day-to-day functions. Laid out here are four simple steps, the approach to defining and adopting an IT scorecard for the bank, to help drive best-in class IT strategy

The life cycle of the core banking system platform consists of two distinct phases – implementation and post implementation.  The operating model of Core Banking CoE needs to adapt to the unique challenges at each stage of the life cycle of the platform.  This article highlights the best practices for core banking system implementation at each phase

Technology serves as a critical backbone for running of an established enterprise, be it front end operations, planning and forecasting, inventory control or just the back office functions of Financials and HR.  Yet, deciding on the right IT infrastructure for the organization is a challenge for IT managers, for neither an over-sized, under-utilized application, nor a misfit system that does not meet basic requirements of business is welcome. So how does one go about getting the right IT fitment?

The greatest effort in change management is in comprehending the change itself. We deal with change within an organization at three levels, based on the context and impact that it trends to create. This is reflected by the depth of change it brings in the organization, the time-span that this change tends to be absorbed across the enterprise, and the effort it takes to bring in this change. The article looks at these three levels in more detail

Organizations invest significant effort in selecting technology systems that meet the functional, technical and financial criteria. However, since most systems need to be customized to specific requirements of the organization, the effectiveness of requirement definition is a critical determinant of a successful system roll-out. This article describes an approach for ensuring that requirement specifications accurately reflect expectations of end-users

While the selection of a core banking system is a science in itself, it would be only fair to say selecting an Islamic core banking platform is a shade more complex – both from the standpoint of defining the expectations clearly, and making the right choice of an application that best meets the requirement. How does one go about determining the best fit solution for the bank?

The first rule for successful technology transformation is understanding the need for change. The biggest challenge in change management is in comprehending the change itself. While people are expected to resist change, in most circumstances, the reality is that the quantum and quality of large technology transformations is not fully appreciated till the enormity daunts – and that is usually much later, after embarking on the journey. The article dwelves into the 4 tenets that are imperative for successful transformation

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