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IBS has a range of value added services to meet client needs on a rapid and measurable basis. These value-added-services ensure that the research provided is supported by insights from the analyst and consulting team reflecting many years of project experience and knowledge.

Analyst Inquiry Blocks

Clients have the option of signing up for Analyst Inquiry Blocks along with the research package they choose to meet their needs. This allows clients to email IBS Analysts who are experts on the research topics with specific questions that need to be answered on an urgent basis. To ensure a FastTrack response, IBS recommends that the questions be emailed, ensuring a response within 48-72 hours. After an email response is provided, the analyst is also potentially available over the phone for any follow-on clarifications.

Advisory Day

IBS is in a position to run full-day workshop sessions at the client site or a mutually agreed location. This allows the client to have a team present in the room to gain insights from a senior CedarIBS team on a range of subjects of clients interest. The topics could include, but are not limited to:


1. Banking Technology Trends

2. “Cool FinTech” in key banking areas

3. Banking Architecture Trends

4. IT Strategy

5. Supplier Selection

6. Supplier Negotiations

7. Setting up an effective IT PMO

  8. Running an effective PMO

9. Managing IT Program Risk

10. Making a GO Live decision

11. Post GO LIVE challenges

12. Process Flow Documentation

13. Core Banking Systems

14. Back Office Systems

15. Digital Banking

16. Wealth Management Systems

17. Islamic Banking Systems

18. Risk Management Systems

19. Payments Systems

20. Treasury and Capital Market Systems

21. Trade Finance Systems


1. Technology roadmap for system / vendor

2. Fintech supplier requirements for a CTO

3. Measurement of ROI for a CTO

4. Key account management

5. Product roadmap / innovation

6. Product bundling and pricing strategy

7. Product implementation

8. Market coverage roadmap

9. Competitor positioning & pricing

10. Emerging trends in banking technology

11. Execution framework using the BSC

12. Strategy formulation using the BSC


Consulting Programs

IBS Intelligence is a division of Cedar Management Consulting International LLC, a global management consulting firm, with a significant financial technology consulting practice. Cedar’s consulting team over the last 20 years has completed over 100 consulting programs covering a range of areas, from helping clients design enterprise banking architecture, defining business requirements and determining the best-fit system, to successfully program managing the implementation, the consulting service offerings in the area of Financial Technology are very deep.

Cedar and IBS’s approach and proprietary methodology, helps clients conduct a fast-track evaluation process to determine the best-fit solution based on functional, technical, and vendor qualitative parameters. The program management model is well tested, and is aligned to execute the project with clear governance structure defined for managing project integration, scope, timelines, quality, resources, communication, risk, and budgets. Potential areas of assistance include:


  1. Business Aligned IT strategy
  2. Supplier & system selection
  3. Implementation PMO
  4. IT Assurance


  1. Market & competitive assessment
  2. Go to market strategy
  3. Product review & roadmap design
  4. Inquiry Block, Advisory Day
  5. Analyst speaking engagements

Professional Services Firms

  1. Supplier intelligence & due diligence
  2. Market & competitive assessment
  3. Custom research & market intelligence
  4. Inquiry Block
  5. Analyst speaking engagements

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