Digitization and Disruptive Technologies spurring Banks to invest in New Business Models

Infosys Finacle-Efma research shows 78 percent of banks becoming more customer centric through reimagining banking practices

Bangalore and Paris – November 2, 2016 Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY), and Efma, a global not-for-profit organization today launched the eighth annual study of ‘Innovation in retail banking’. The research revealed that 77 percent of banks regard the threat from technology companies, start-ups, retailers and/or telecom players as high or very high. Over half now consider the threat from technology companies and start-up challenger banks as significant.

However, the research, in which 158 banks from 56 countries participated, showed that banks have largely embraced digitization and are aggressively adopting new technologies in order to innovate. The proportion of banks with an innovation strategy has increased to 74 percent in 2016, from only 37 percent in 2009. In addition, banks are now more likely to collaborate with startups in order to stay competitive, with nearly three quarters (73 percent) seeing them as the best way to leverage new technologies.

Key findings:

  • The vast majority (86 percent) of banks believe that emerging competitors will have a significant impact in the payments area
  • Additionally, 73 percent of banks consider working with innovative start-ups as the best approach to access disruptive technologies. Meanwhile, 41 percent are collaborating with startups as suppliers, 32 percent are making direct investments into startups, and 27 percent are running accelerators and incubators
  • For half of the banks surveyed, legacy technology environments are the biggest barrier to digital transformation, followed by a lack of unified vision (44 percent) and a lack of skills and expertise (38 percent)
  • Three-quarters (74 percent) of banks now have an innovation strategy in place and more than two-thirds (69 percent) believe they are becoming more innovative, but the proportion of banks increasing innovation investment has fallen to 78 percent from 84 percent last year
  • The most disruptive new technology for banks is advanced analytics and big data, with 79 percent of banks claiming it is having a significant impact now or will have within in the next two years. This is followed by mobility and wearables (75 percent) and open APIs (69 percent)
  • A fifth of banks are launching or considering launching a digital-only bank as a strategy for dealing with digital transformation
  • Open API Technology is seen as a major development that will have a high impact on the industry over the next two years, especially with local compliance forcing banks to open their payment systems

Quotes:

Vincent Bastid, CEO, Efma:
“This year’s global banking study shows that banks have resolutely turned to start-ups to drive their own digital transformations. However, banks are being held back by old legacy systems and are still divided on where and how much to invest. Banks should think globally and embrace new ways of doing business.”

Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer and Global Head of Infosys Finacle
“Changing customer preferences, rapid evolution of technology and pressures from outside of the traditional banking world are accelerating a major transformation of the banking industry. The confluence of these forces is putting digitization at the center of technology renewal, enabling multi-channel touchpoints for superior customer service. From the research findings and customer interactions, it will likely be the development of open API’s, AI and blockchain that shall cause the next big change in banking as a whole.”

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About Efma

A global non-profit organization, established in 1971 by banks and insurance companies, Efma facilitates networking between decision-makers. It provides quality insights to help banks and insurance companies make the right decisions to foster innovation and drive their transformation. Over 3,300 brands in 130 countries are Efma members.

Headquarters in Paris. Offices in London, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Bratislava, Dubai, Mumbai and Singapore. Learn more www.efma.com

About Infosys Finacle

Finacle is the industry-leading universal banking solution from EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly owned product subsidiary of Infosys. The solution helps financial institutions develop deeper connections with stakeholders, power continuous innovation, and accelerate growth in the digital world. Today, Finacle is the choice of banks across 94 countries and serves over 848 million consumers – estimated to be nearly 16.5 percent of the world’s adult banked population. Over a billion bank accounts are powered by Finacle globally.

Finacle solutions address core banking, online banking, mobile banking, payments, treasury, origination, liquidity management, Islamic banking, wealth management, and analytics needs of financial institutions worldwide. Assessment of the top 1000 banks in the world reveals that institutions powered by Finacle enjoy 50 percent higher returns on assets, 30 percent higher returns on capital, and 8.1 percent points lesser costs to income than others.

To know more, visit www.finacle.com

About EdgeVerve Systems Ltd

EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, develops innovative software products and offers them on-premise or as cloud-hosted business platforms. Our products help businesses develop deeper connections with stakeholders, power continuous innovation and accelerate growth in the digital world. We power our clients’ growth in rapidly evolving areas like banking, digital marketing, interactive commerce, distributive trade, credit servicing, customer service and enterprise buying. Today EdgeVerve products are used by global corporations across financial services, insurance, retail and CPG, life sciences, manufacturing, and telecom.

Finacle, part of the product company EdgeVerve Systems, a subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY), is a universal banking solution, and the choice of financial institutions across 94 countries and serves over 848 million customers – estimated to be nearly 16.5 percent of the world’s adult banked population. Over a billion bank accounts are powered by Finacle globally.

To know more, visit www.edgeverve.com

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For further information, please contact:

Asia Pacific
Sarah Gideon
Infosys, India
+91 80 4156 3998
Sarah_Gideon@infosys.com

EMEA
Paul de Lara
Infosys, UK
+44 2075162748
Paul_deLara@infosys.com

Americas
Pilar Wolfsteller
Infosys, USA
+1 (510) 944 4596
Pilar.Wolfsteller@infosys.com

Efma:
Florence Chatelet
Marketing and PR Manager Efma
+33 1 47 42 69 83
florence@efma.com