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  • Let’s hear it for the payments big boys

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Since the financial crisis, supervisors across the world have been trying to work out ways of dealing with banks deemed to be ‘too big to fail’. The most obvious solution (and the most simplistic) is to chop them up into manageable bits so none are too big or interconnected to be allowed to fail, because the current received wisdom seems to be that banks that are smaller and more modular are less of a risk.

  • Fraud Reporting - It's Criminal

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    Understanding the scale and source of global fraud is vital if the industry is going to tackle it. Yet getting a handle on what is really taking place is a challenge. Every country seems to have a different way of measuring fraud, and each organisation within those countries often provides statistics that are not consistent with each other.

  • Taking action against the burden of legacy systems

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    We know that most financial institutions are burdened, to a greater or lesser degree, by siloed legacy payment systems. Part of the problem is that the limitations of this architecture of legacy infrastructure are not immediately obvious. Individual systems function, and function well for the most part. But although they serve their individual purposes now, there is little to suggest they will be able to work together to support financial institutions as they adapt their business models to the demands of a new decade. 

  • Stifled by legacy systems

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Many financial institutions are trying to run their critical payments function on disparate, cobbled-together systems, whose complexity and inflexibility make it difficult to respond to new customer needs and market demands. This presents a number of challenges to banks.

  • The heritage of legacy payment systems

    Thursday, May 05, 2011

    The past 30 years has seen billions of dollars spent on payments systems – with financial institutions building up a plethora of different systems and technologies designed to meet specific needs and develop competitive advantage. However, as the payments infrastructure gets more intricate and unwieldy, the harder it is for financial institutions to realize the potential benefits of technology. 

  • The changing face of testing

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    As a Test Consultant, it is an occupational hazard that I can get quite passionate about testing. But even taking account of my natural enthusiasm, I still think there are some exciting things happening in the world of testing right now.

  • Happenings in the retail space - Part 2

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    In my blog yesterday I started to explore some of the challenges retailers face with loyalty schemes. Continuing that theme, we also found from our research that more than 2 in 5 U.S. consumers have had a negative experience with a loyalty program.

  • IPS in review

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    As the IPS conference in London drew to a close yesterday one theme was coming through loud and clear: there are plenty of new payments methods emerging into the mainstream, such as mobile, and lots of new ways to interact with customers.

  • Cutting costs is not enough

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Yesterday at the IPS conference in London, a major theme emerged for payment banks: managing costs is no longer enough to maintain a successful payments business – banks simply have to become more efficient.

  • Saying goodbye to the old...

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    I blogged earlier this week about the importance of payments and banks adding value for their corporate customers, which is being highlighted at IPS. Electronic payment volumes are still increasing and banks have to look at how they are being managed and processed.