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.)
By Mina Wallace
You’ve seen the headlines. There are many stories in the media detailing how risk management failures can be hugely damaging – both in terms of direct losses and company reputation. Increasingly, the root causes of such losses are multi-dimensional. In fact, our research shows that 42 percent of the top losses since 2007 have been boundry events involving credit risk, market risk and operational risk.
While some companies have been able to meet their risk and compliance challenges head on, many in financial services today are still struggling to move beyond traditional approaches and legacy systems to keep up with changing requirements. These clients are challenged to operate and perform sustainably in an environment that is increasingly complex, regulated and competitive yet still expected to generate a healthy bottom line.
This week at IBM’s ClientCenter in New York, we’ll demonstrate how Financial institutions today can build trust across organizational silos with a Smarter Risk approach, which brings together an interconnected view of risk across the enterprise. Continue Reading »
Singapore-based DBS Bank has joined with IBM to help shape the future of banking through the use of Watson-style cognitive computing and data analytics. The bank’s first target is using these technologies to help DBS’ wealth managers better advise their clients. Says David Geldhill, managing director of group technology operations for DBS: “We see Watson’s cognitive ability brought together with the traditional analytics we have built around our customers’ experience. We can change the game in how we target and give advice.”
By Steve Hamm
Cloud computing seems like a natural fit for the developing world. In places where capital for major information technology purchases can be difficult to round up, this approach to computing makes it possible for small business owners, start-up entrepreneurs, social service non-profits and universities to share resources and buy computing services more affordably, by the drink. So far, though, while cloud computing is taking off in mature economies, adoption is lagging in less developed ones. Continue Reading »
By Les Rechan
Corporate finance is often thought of as the central support system of an organization. It is key to ensuring that the organization not only survives, but thrives. While the core function of the CFO has remained consistent, the responsibilities and approaches of the position are rapidly evolving.
Over the next five years, the role of the CFO will continue to transform under the influence of analytics. As the primary guardians of information across all lines of business, CFOs can and should foster an analytics culture to support fact-based decision making.
Some CFOs are already ahead of the pack, applying analytics to their data to uncover hidden pockets of profitability. As data continues to grow, those CFOs who uniquely capitalize on it can proactively set leading business strategies. In fact, Gartner predicts that the amount of data stored by enterprises will grow 650 percent by 2018. Continue Reading »
By Michael Zerbs
Sensitivity around risk management is no longer solely a concern for large financial services organizations. In an economy still freshly scarred by the global financial crisis, what we are seeing is a pervasive questioning of the fundamental assumptions that large organizations, and individual investors so easily took for granted pre-crisis.
Questions that are now top of mind include, do I fully understand risk exposures across my organization? Can I trust my governance processes to sufficiently ensure accurate risk reporting? Can I accurately quantify the riskiness of a transaction? And, is my point of reference for riskiness really reliable? Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »