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Al Maryah Community Bank and TCS BaNCS win IBSi Global NeoChallenger Bank Award

By Leandra Monteiro

December 20, 2022

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Al Maryah, TCS BaNCS Tata Consultancy Services announced that its client Al Maryah Community Bank has won the IBS Intelligence Global NeoChallenger Bank award in the categories of Customer Experience and Innovation in Offering.

Al Maryah Community Bank is the UAE’s first fully integrated pure-play digital bank born in the cloud, offering secure and innovative banking services for individuals and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). It selected TCS as its end-to-end technology partner and TCS BaNCS™ for core banking, payments, channels, and compliance management solutions on the cloud. TCS BaNCS’ composability, configurability, and extensibility enabled the bank to easily integrate with the local ecosystem, offer a full set of services in digital-only mode, launch innovative new products and services and deliver personalized and contextual experiences, helping this marquee implementation win the IBS Intelligence award.

The TCS solution offers the full complement of banking services through the mobile app, digitally reimagining all the processes to enable self-service capabilities such as scanned mobile check deposits. It provides personalised experiences across channels like chatbots, p2p payment interfaces, and third-party apps, giving it a competitive edge. Customers also receive contextual product recommendations, driving new revenue streams for the bank.

TCS BaNCS’ easy configurability has helped Al Maryah launch innovative new products for youth and children alongside digital and metal cards for high-net-worth clients. The platform will help the bank expand its footprint in new markets, leveraging products such as Banking-as-a-Service and stored value digital wallets.

The platform’s open architecture enables easy integration with the extended partner ecosystem and government and regulatory bodies in the region. It is fully integrated with UAEPass, the country’s blockchain-based digital identity system enabling the seamless onboarding of new customers in less than five minutes. It is also integrated with UAE’s TAMM (Investor Journey Platform) to automatically trigger account openings for SMEs embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys.

A distinctive attribute of this implementation was the rapid setup of the platform and the launch of the first MVP within five months. This was enabled by TCS BaNCS’ rich functional capability, high degree of configurability, a comprehensive set of APIs and orchestration capabilities, pre-integrated solutions from its partner ecosystem and agile delivery approach.

Mohammed Wassim Khayata, CEO of Al Maryah Community Bank, UAE, commented, “Winning the IBS Intelligence NeoChallenger Bank award for Customer Experience and Innovation in Offering is representative of Al Maryah’s vision to create a digital platform that allows players across UAE ecosystems to connect and offer customers seamless services and products, underpinned by speed and convenience. The digital banking solution set up on TCS BaNCS Global Banking Platform and its partner ecosystem has helped us launch operations in a short span of five months, and its intelligent, cloud-native digital core and accompanying services have helped us, onboard customers, since launch. Our customers are benefitting from personalized offerings and seamless integration with the UAE’s financial ecosystem for additional services. We look forward to innovating further and enhancing our footprint across the region and beyond.”

Amit Jain, Co-head & Partner, IBS Intelligence, said, “We applaud Al Maryah Community Bank and TCS BaNCS for winning the award in the Customer Experience and Innovation in offering categories, both of which demonstrate banking that is premised on self-service, omnichannel experiences, customer-centric products and speed to market.”

Venkateshwaran Srinivasan, Global Head, TCS Financial Solutions, said, “TCS BaNCS is emerging as the preferred platform for the new generation of digital banks that have differentiated themselves with personalized customer experiences, innovative products and services, and speed to market. We are proud to partner with Al Maryah Community Bank in their pioneering achievements across the region and congratulate them on winning this award.”

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