Facing digital disruption, banking giants are investing in customer engagement and fintech innovation but remain slow to transform their internal operations.
In their progress towards digital transformation, banks have been taking it one step at a time — and slowly at that. While they’re all investing in online and mobile banking — at the same time keeping tabs on innovations in fintech — most limit their investments in next-generation IT to the customer engagement layer. Very few have begun to drive digital into the core of their operations.
In an increasingly digital world, banks are under pressure to keep up with the latest technologies. This has led to a wave of digital transformation initiatives, aimed at modernizing outdated systems and improving the customer experience. One key area of focus is omnichannel banking, which enables customers to interact through any channel they prefer. This could include online banking, mobile apps, in-person visits, or even chatbots. By providing a seamless experience across all channels, FIs can provide a better customer experience and drive loyalty. In addition, omnichannel banking can also help to better understand their customers and tailor their products and services accordingly. As such, it is clear that digital transformation is pivotal to remain competitive in the 21st century.
As banks and credit unions move toward an omnichannel banking environment, significant changes must be made to core and channels systems. And many of these changes will need to occur in back-end systems, as well as in such important areas as data management, system integration, and new database products (and in some cases, new database technologies). While these changes create challenges, they also offer new opportunities to better serve customers and members both now and in the future.
Overview by Ed O’Brien, Director, Banking Channels Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group
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