Over the past three months I’ve covered 10 transaction banking topics that can help take your institutions from good to great. For the second half of my blog series, I’ve covered topics from non-functional requirements through to that ever important subject
In case you missed some of my posts, here is a quick recap. You can find the full series on Finextra. And remember, if you have any thoughts or opinions, just send me a note or you can track me down at EBAday, SIBOS and/or EuroFinance.
Week 6: Sleeping with the enemy - non-functional requirements (NFRs)
NFRs are the glue that keep the solution working and ultimately let you sleep at night. Good functionality cannot exist without good IT - just as good technical capabilities are useless if they're not functionally relevant.
The list of NFRs is short and simple:
- Security - This has to be fundamental to the solution
- Reliability and Resilience - Innovative solutions need reliability built in from the ground up and by engineers who know the industry
- Availability - This is about the need to work around the clock, 24x7x365
- Scalability - Can the solution grow as my business grows?
- Extensibility - Is there provision for adding incremental features and data?
- Flexibility - Can I adjust what I want to do today?
- Testability - The ability to perform recurring tests to show a proven result and the knowledge of what to test
Week 7: Mobile is not for everyone all the time
Smartphones have truly changed the consumer landscape. In the business world, however, the ‘real-estate’ of the mobile phone screen is simply too restrictive for many of today’s form-heavy, bank-required processes. Banks have been catching up on the consumer
side of the market, and the rapid adoption of consumer mobile banking should be a warning bell to the corporate market. The want and need is there if we can offer products and solutions that make sense to execute from a 4-inch screen.
Predicting what the future holds is tough, but one thing for sure is that the need to manage your work away from your desk will continue. Mobile is not just a device; it's a way of working.
Week 8: Basel III can make you omniscient
Basel III currently focuses on two main tenets to manage risk: Capital and Liquidity. Both can be divided into categories that define an approach to provide greater control and a reduction in risk, based on the premise that better monitoring and measurement
offers greater risk protection.
Basel III is another one of those regulations that’s only going to grow further. It’s one of those initiatives that cuts across the institution from front-to-back, left-to-right and forces the examination of assets, systems and procedures. As a result, the
process of assessing readiness for Basel III has also magnified underlying problems in the infrastructure of the financial institution.
Week 9: Taking your data from big to useful
It is no secret that banks have big data; the real question is how to make this data useful or, for an even simpler start, how to acquire this data and bring it into a useable scenario. The real data we want to access is often held in huge customer service
and peripheral processing systems. This is the specialist data about customer behaviour, such as what they do differently each day and more importantly, what the data can tell us about predicting future behaviour. We need to do more than just collate the data
into one place; the real power lies in understanding how to leverage it to create the products that our customers want to buy from us in the future.
With the advance of real-time payments, customers are going to expect and require more data. They have a liquidity position to keep too. And because that gives them knowledge (and therefore power), they are prepared to pay for it.
Week 10: Let’s rally together to make you win – establishing trust
The number one item that trumps everything we do in our industry lives is trust. We are all busier than ever before, and businesses are growing quicker. However, with business growth comes the need to expect more from suppliers than just that the system
or service they supply is operational. Businesses need someone who can help guide their thinking.
In this time of constrained budgets, we must all use our resources better. Banks that are undergoing renovation need suppliers that have experience, that understand the business, that have the wherewithal and expertise to get a project moving forward when
things go wrong...and things can go wrong when you’re undertaking difficult renovation. So don’t look at suppliers as vendors. It’s strong partnerships that are needed for all to benefit.