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September 16th, 2015

Arvind Krishna, SVP and Dir., IBM Research

Arvind Krishna, SVP and Dir., IBM Research

By Arvind Krishna

Over the past two decades, the Internet, cloud computing and related technologies have revolutionized many aspects of business and society. These advances have made individuals and organizations more productive, and they have enriched many people’s lives.

Yet the basic mechanics of how people and organizations forge agreements with one another and execute them have not been updated for the 21st century. In fact, with each passing generation we’ve added more middlemen, more processes, more bureaucratic checks and balances, and more layers of complexity to our formal interactions–especially financial transactions. We’re pushing old procedures through new pipes.

This apparatus–the red tape of modern society–extracts a “tax” of many billions of dollars per year on the global economy and businesses.

What can be done? One potential solution is an intriguing technology called blockchain, which is little understood outside a small fraternity of computer scientists. Blockchain provides the technology underpinnings of Bitcoin, the crypto currency that has been the subject of much interest and speculation within the technical, business and law enforcement communities, and in society at large. (IBM is not involved in cryptocurrencies.)

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Ocea Garriock, Technical Professionals Leader,  IBM South Africa

Ocea Garriock, Technical Professionals Leader, IBM South Africa

By Ocea Garriock

Banks have become particularly good at analyzing the data for trends, patterns and insights to help boost efficiency, ensure compliance and increase revenue.

But not all of this data lives conveniently in a structured database or data warehouse. Sometimes it comes from real-time data feeds and social media. These growing sources of structured and unstructured data are potential treasure chests. But big data without analysis is just a lot of data.

Most South African / African companies are still just experimenting with big data technologies, looking to understand how big data should slot into their world views. The same is true of organisations in the rest of the world. Continue Reading »

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Gary Cohen, Chairman, IBM Africa

Gary Cohen, Chairman, IBM Africa; General Manager, Global Communications Sector

By Gary Cohen

I recently met with the CEO of a company recognized as an IBM Global Entrepreneur — to discuss growth models and different types of innovation percolating throughout Africa. Only 18 months ago, his company had 80,000 customers; today they have 80 million — with plans to quadruple that number within two years.

While such growth is astounding, everything in Africa is defying tradition. Four core technology trends are serving as key transformation enablers in Africa – cloud, mobile, Big Data and social. These disruptive technology trends are enabling the kind of change that many would have thought impossible ten years ago, yet today, they are combining to positively impact the lives of Africans both socially and commercially. Continue Reading »

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October 9th, 2013

Aniruddha Paul, CIO, ING ING Vysya Bank

Aniruddha Paul, CIO, ING Vysya Bank

By Aniruddha Paul

India is at the forefront of mobile banking.

According to a worldwide research report released in mid 2012, 76 percent of Indian mobile respondents used their mobiles for banking in the past six months, making India the most popular country for mobile banking. Over the same period of time, only 38 percent respondents from US, and 31 percent from UK used mobile banking while the global average for mobile banking adoption rate stands at 35 percent. 1

ING Vysya Bank is a premier banking service provider in India. Our mobile banking solutions have been used by customers since 2011, and in July this year, we launched our second generation mobile apps. With just over 530 branches spreading across more than 350 cities in India, mobile banking is a significant part of our growth strategy as we strive to offer our customers a differentiated user experience in line with our multichannel strategy. Continue Reading »

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Likhit Wagle, Global Banking and Financial Markets Leader, IBM

Likhit Wagle, Global Banking and Financial Markets Leader, IBM

By Likhit Wagle

Do you ever wonder why your bank mails you various pieces of literature all at the same time – a new credit card, new home loan, a new line of credit for a new business venture? Clearly, this approach to mass-marketing reveals that your bank lacks a true understanding of your needs and your individual portfolio.

The good news is that these unsolicited, random offers may soon become a thing of the past. While many banks have talked about the importance of customer centricity over the past two decades, more today are ‘walking the walk’ and making significant investments to transform the customer experience.

For example, Banorte-Ixe, one of the largest retail banks in Mexico, is working to establish a new business model built on business analytics to improve its service to more than 20 million users. Similarly, Jordan Ahli Bank, a leading Jordanian financial institution, is transforming its core banking system to set new standards in customer service, as well as gear up for future growth. ANZ Banking Group is rolling out a digital assistant that regional bank managers will use to sift through every bit of information they have about a client, their own services, and updated market trends to make smarter, faster and more personalized recommendations for their two million wealth management clients. Continue Reading »

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Joyce Phillips, CEO Global Wealth and Group Managing Director, Marketing, Innovation and Digital, ANZ Banking Group

Joyce Phillips, CEO Global Wealth and Group Managing Director, Marketing, Innovation and Digital, ANZ Banking Group

By Joyce Phillips

It used to be that next generation technology to make humans smarter, faster and at the top of their game was the stuff of cinema and science fiction.

Here at ANZ, we are exploring a groundbreaking solution that holds this very same promise – a cognitive assistant, if you will, that can empower our regional bank advisors to better serve our two million wealth management clients.

To understand why and what we’re doing to foster this innovation, it’s important to start with the perspective of the customer.

Imagine yourself entering a regional bank branch. You’ve arranged an appointment with the branch’s financial advisor, to discuss the life you want for you and your loved ones upon your retirement, and the solutions you need to achieve it. Continue Reading »

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Ademola Adewale,  Executive Director, Operations & Technology,  Keystone Bank Limited

Ademola Adewale,
Executive Director, Operations & Technology,
Keystone Bank Limited

By Ademola Adewale

The next phase of banking sector reforms and consolidations in Africa’s most populous nation will be driven, not by the industry regulator or by industry or market forces but, by technology, technology and technology.

Computing technology has become a key business driver for Keystone Bank as we embark on a comprehensive overhaul of our systems, processes and human resource assets and capabilities.

Like financial services institutions all over the world, Nigerian banks are increasingly realizing the transformative powers that technology can inject into their products/service delivery offerings and by extension, their reputations and expanding balance sheets. Continue Reading »

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Miles Nosler, Student, Texas State University

Miles Nosler, Student, Texas State University

By Miles Nosler

Over the last few years, whenever I saw an IBM Smarter Planet commercial on television I wondered what was behind things like Smarter Transportation? Smarter Cities? Smarter Commerce?

Since then I’ve come to understand what the Smarter Planet concept is about – tackling Big issues with smarter, interconnected technologies to improve the way we live and work. But, it didn’t truly sink in until I started crunching some Big Data with an IBM mainframe. Let me explain. 

If someone told me I would take the top spot among 4,600 very smart students competing in IBM’s Master the Mainframe contest, I wouldn’t have believed it. But that’s exactly what I did, and now I have in-demand technical skills on my resume that are landing me job interviews. Continue Reading »

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Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO, ING DIRECT

By Charaka Kithulegoda

It’s estimated that there are more smartphones on the planet than humans. By 2016, more than 10 billion smartphones will be in use around the global. And Canadians are leading that growth, with more than half of Canadian smartphone users banking from their mobile device – and that number grows even higher when looking at those between 18 – 34 years of age.

Our customers expect to be able to connect with their friends and family, browse and shop and of course, bank from their mobile devices. As the mobile marketplace continues to grow and expand, mobile banking is not just a convenient option for our clients, but a must have. So how do we provide our customers with easy access to their money at any time, wherever they are? Continue Reading »

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Alejandro Valenzuela, CEO, Grupo Financiero Banorte

By Alejandro Valenzuela

Not many companies can say they’ve been in business for more than a century. As the CEO for Grupo Financiero Banorte, better known as Banorte – Ixe, one of Mexico’s largest banks, I’m proud to say we’ve been serving our customers since 1899. You can imagine how many changes Banorte–Ixe has gone through the course of 114 years—where the exchange of monies once came in the form or bartering and loans were handwritten on paper, banking is now marked by national currencies and automatic tracking through intricate technology systems. Today’s banking industry looks and operates in a very different way to how we began.

Every transformation we’ve underwent as a company has been in response to the changing needs of our customers. We started as a very small local bank in Monterrey, and here we are, 2013, as the third financial institution in México. We find our business undergoing yet another shift, but again, with the same focus in mind: our customers. Continue Reading »

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