Renaissance era for Banking

Published on November 5, 2016

Active.Ai Ravi Shankar

Co Founder and CEO, Active Intelligence Pte Ltd. (Active.Ai)

 

“The World needs Banking, but it does not need Banks”

– Bill Gates

Today, we are living in the “Renaissance era of Banking” and this transformation that we see is from disruptive changes across regulations, technology, and the very manner in which banking is consumed as a service. The opportunity to transform banking is now a top agenda for most nations globally as they seek to make banking inclusive and accessible to billions.

There are quite a few enablers driving this renaissance in the banking industry:

1       Humongous Market: Roughly 3 Billion people do not have access to banking and are to be bankable.

2       Regulatory Impetus: Globally regulators are innovating and rewriting guidelines to enable inclusive, transparent, and accessible banking services.

3       Banking Technology: Digitalization of Banking and the API economy is enabling and connecting millions at an increasingly lower price points.

4       Cloud and Device: Mobile First generation and cloud adoption signaling speed and scale.

5       Risk Capital: In 2015, VC funding for fintech hit a record high of $13.8B and 2016, continues the momentum with $7.4B in funding till H1, 2016, according to KPMG and CB Insights report- Pulse of fintech, August, 2016.

” Competition makes us Faster, Collaboration makes us Better”

-Fyrefly

The events of the last decade left the banking systems across the world shaken and stirred. Banking failures and bailouts have had a domino effect across nations. The future as it evolves is even more connected and intertwined. The next decade we anticipate will be driven by collaborative partnerships across industries and nations as banking becomes more pervasive.

Banking as a Collaborative Service is not just a trending future but the rebirth of banking for the world:

1       Unlicensing of Banking: Regulators will seek increasingly stronger and better candidates to deliver banking. Telecom and retailers with strong balance sheets and expertise in handling more customers, transactions, and money movement will be newer vehicles of banking delivery.

2       Unthinking Trust: Technology like Block Chain will replace how trust will work in banking within and across borders.

3       Unlocking the Bank: Banks will open API and their hoods to the world to collaborate on services and commerce.

4       Unlimited Capital: Banks will invest into technology companies, incubate ideas to win in better service.

5       Unlocking of Borders: Regulatory collaboration to ensure low cost of service for trade and banking will revolutionize borderless banking.

“You have got to start with the customer experience and work back towards the technology – not the other way around”

– Steve Jobs

To bank a billion, banking is making tremendous advances in becoming more intuitive and natural. Design principles and deep research on customer engagement methodologies are being applied to latest technologies to enable superior experiences. Banking regulators and governments are working to improve accessibility by accepting Digital Technologies as change agents and sponsoring new age identity (AADHAR in India) and payment systems (UPI).

 

It just may be that in the next five years the world will see many financial brands in the most lovable brand experiences.

A Renaissance in Customer experience is in making:

1       Shift in Branch: For the next Billion, mobile is the branch. Go digital, mobile, & personal!

2       Shift in UX: Conversations on messaging and voice on mobile is the new UX. Much closer and interactive with the user.

3       Shift in RM: From in person to Intelligently enabled Robotic and Virtual agents.

4       Shift in Identity and Security: From Pins to Biometrics.

5       Shift to Cashless: Money is becoming virtual and portable across borders.

“Innovation distinguishes between a Leader and Follower” -Steve Jobs

The future of banking involves Re-thinking the Human Capital strategy- Starting with Banking boards.

1.     Boards will need to Re-equip themselves with deeper bench strengths on Technology and Risk Management as increasingly Intelligent machines start taking over customer management.

2.     Bank Boards will increasingly look at acquiring Fintech companies as they try to defend market share and bring in talent.

3.     Fintech challengers with Efficient and Smart Capital will continue to Unbundle Banks and Banks will be challenged to retain their best people.

4.     The challenge for traditional banks will be that their Customers are already Digital and the Banks are not- So training their teams to think Digital and serve Digitally will be a paradigm shift.

5.     With customers shifting to Digital and Robots replacing processors in back offices, Banks will have to let go increasing number of people from their Branch Banking and Operations teams.

There has never been a more exciting time for Banking and we are truly entering an Era of Renaissance, led by machines.

Article originally appeared by author on Yourstory.com https://yourstory.com/2016/10/banking-rennaissance/

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