Startups Face Integration Challenges With Banks

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Innovation in Financial Services

Innovation in Financial Services

A discussion of trends in innovation management within financial institutions, and the key processes, technology and cultural shifts driving innovation.
22 January 2018  |  7125 views  |  2

Of past year a lot of noise have been created by the Fintech sector and loads of start-ups have mushroomed. With many innovative ideas the primary assumption is that, when we have the empirical data then the trends, modelling, any exploratory or discovery driven models will get the best solutions for the end users.

To realize this vision, one primary thing is required. DATA. All startups know that Banks or any legacy financial services company owns the data and they shield the data as their treasure cove. So the first goal for most of these startups is to get endorsement or get any of these big banks as their POC customers, that give them a little glimpse of the data that the partner or mentoring bank would be willing to share or expose.

Once the small startup team can see the data, then they can identify the chinks in the armors and improvise on the shaky idea to a strong data driven test that will mature the algorithms and hence a more stabilized performance of the application proposed to the big partner and to the end markets i.e. to the end users.

All said and done, banks are slowly but surely are getting a little bold themselves and are allowing the sandboxes to these startups to play with the data, before they identify their golden use case and zero in on monetizing it.

A couple of months, and some successful use cases displayed, comes the success of getting the nod to productionizing the overall solution. And comes with it the real challenge to open the right access routines and place this solution to the production environment of the company. The hoops a startup needs to go through before anything hits production is frustrating and very disturbing to a cash strapped startup.

If you talk to many startups, you’ll realize the challenge of getting anything hitting any of their client’s production environment is tremendous. The security polices, the firewall changes, the IT Security Department’s approvals for the strategic deployment of anything on production adds stress to the project timelines & funding.


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