There Ought To Be A State Dinner For 71 Bank Tech Vendors
Whenever I eat chicken, I react like Pavlov's dog and relate to the years 1980 to 1985. It was then that I ate more rubber chicken than any other time in my life. That's when I was on the speaker circuit conducting seminars for all kinds of banking organizations. My audiences included community bankers.
Rebalancing IT Spend to Deliver More Business Value
By Sultan J. Khan, Tata Consultancy Services, North America
Optimizing the IT Operating Model, or as I often say, rebalancing IT to drive business value, is a critical initiative at any point in time. However, in the current economic environment, an increased focus on programs that identify substantial cost savings and ultimately lead to improved performance and greater business value have never been more important.
Deals on Failed Banks Losing Their Luster
Some failed banks are in such bad shape that financial institutions looking for bargain acquisitions wouldn't take them if the FDIC paid them to do so. Oh wait. The FDIC is kind of helping out the buyers, aren't they? But even this incentive still is not enough, as far as some financial institutions are concerned.
For Bank Marketing, Re-Focus the Pareto Principle on Customer Profitability
By Hongjie Wang, Fulcrum
The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, was named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed that 80 percent of income in Italy went to 20 percent of the population. Interestingly enough, such phenomena occur in many disciplines and industries. Marketing is no exception, so much so that Pareto analysis has become one of the standard must-haves in customer analysis.
Challenging Economic Times Call for Innovative Branch Technologies
By Stacey Zengel, Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
Recent turmoil in the financial services industry may have changed some of the players, but it has not changed the basic mandate for financial institutions to satisfy the needs and desires of customers while generating shareholder returns. Indeed, the challenge to meet these goals has intensified. Bankers today are pressed to find ways to create efficiencies that drive a greater return on investment within the branch while still enhancing
Bank Enforcement Cease and Desist Actions Quickly Rising
The financial crisis is causing a dramatic rise in the number of cease and desist orders by bank regulators and should be a warning sign for bank managers and directors, according to analysis by the Regulatory Fundamentals Group.
Geithner Gets Grief from GOP
There were some fireworks yesterday at a hearing held by the Joint Economic Committee between Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Texas GOP Rep. Kevin Brady. In the video below from CNBC.com, Brady plainly stated Geithner should take responsibility for the state of the economy today and all but said he should resign.
From BI to Analytics: An Evolution In How Business Gets Done
By Jay Morreale, Bank of America
As the amount of data gathered and produced within an organization grows daily, users are challenged to make decisions based on this information in shorter and shorter time periods. While traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide valuable access to this data and offer standardized reports that translate this information into key snapshots on the state of business, they are typically narrow in their application. Business users who have questio
Bankers Speak Out Against NY Terror Trials
With the announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused 9-11 "mastermind," and his cronies would be tried as criminals in New York City comes a good deal of reaction from New Yorkers and others. While there are pros and cons to the move, being New Yorkers, we're not ones to sugarcoat what we think as all of us were affected in some manner by the heinous attacks on that date. This includes our banks.
NY Fed Could Have Done More in AIG Negotiations
Apparently, the New York Fed could have done more last year when it was negotiating with AIG trading partners. At least that's what Troubled Asset Relief Program special inspector general Neil M. Barofsky suggests in a government report officially released today.
Every Bank Needs an IT Think Tank
"Practical" is my middle name-and I haven't shed my suit and wingtip shoes for a toga and sandals. So this is not an idea I thought I would be preaching. I tried it with the vendors a while back but I have not seen any signs of acceptance. I hope bankers will see the value of having an IT think tank, even if it's a Sunday night effort to take the place of "60 Minutes." The potential benefits might only be soft, such as not being the target of a "60 Minutes" embarrassment. I believe everyone shou
Pay Czar Says He Might Reconsider Rulings if Banks Lose Talent
In an interesting change of heart, Pres. Obama's "pay czar" has said he will consider revisiting the formulas he used to determine executive compensation at bailed out banks if they can show a mass exodus of talent as a result of the punitive measures.
Moving From Stress Tests to Broader Scenario Analyses
By Mike Stefanick, SAS
The Federal Reserve, rating agencies and capital providers are requiring consistent views of banks that extend far beyond a simple snapshot of capital reserves. Today, banks must embrace a richer brand of Scenario Analysis, executing a variety of stress tests and scenarios across all of their portfolios. The payoff extends beyond mere regulatory compliance and institutional health. It also means an enhanced competitive posture.
Going Public With Core Systems Conversion Problems
When TD Bank issued a public apology for systems and service glitches that occurred when the institution undertook conversion to a single core system following its merger with Commerce Bank, it underscored why core systems upgrades and replacements don't happen very often.
IT Builds the Brand-And Trust
Technology can help build brands. That's what Chris Murphy, editor at sister brand InformationWeek said in his latest column.
Fallout From Senate Regulatory Proposal: Break Up the Big Banks? [video]
On top of the Senate's proposed financial reform bill itself, analysis by The Wall Street Journal noted there is a definite mood among Washington Democrats that more needs to be done to keep too-big-to-fail banks in line-like making them split up a la the EU's plan for RBS, Lloyds and Northern Rock.
For Banks, Application Development Can Be Faster and More Efficient
By Maurice Martin, iRise
"Fail early!" may seem like an odd rallying cry for banking CIOs tasked with developing new applications. But, with reduced budgets and ever-increasing demand from the business for efficiency and innovation, it's no wonder today's IT leaders feel the need for speed. New applications-initiated by application consolidation or by modernizing legacy systems-increasingly top the CIO's agenda as the banking industry faces an unprecedented level of mergers and acquisi