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Reflecting on Forrester Fintech Predictions for 2017: Part 1

A new year brings new opportunities for banks facing digital challenges and building next generation digital banking experiences. Advances in fintech technology are paving the way for better, more engaging experiences in 2017 and beyond. A few weeks ago Forrester announced 2017 predictions presented by Dane Anderson, Tim Sheedy, Tom Champion and Zhi-Ying Ng.

While forecasting the future can be a gamble, the first 3 Fintech Predictions summarized below provide an unmissable reflection guide to drive digital banking transformation between now and December.

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Topics: FinTech, Digital Transformation, business finance, digital banking, fintech news

Author: Xavier Marcillac, VP Sales APAC on Jan 16, 2017

How Machine Learning Makes Banking More Personal

The rise of financial technology, or FinTech, has been one of the most exciting developments of recent years. Firms such as Transferwise, Kantox, Monzo and iZettle have proved that tech startups are capable of offering individuals and SMEs quicker, cheaper and more convenient financial services than traditional banks.

New progress in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning has created the opportunity for fintech to steal yet another march on banks. Creative application of machine learning has the potential to enable startups to also offer a fairer and more personal service than anything that has come before.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, personalized banking, AI

Author: Nicole Harper, Content Manager on Sep 30, 2016

"Au contraire, BBVA: Banks will never become software companies"

kantox interviews erik brieva

It is becoming an increasingly difficult task – verging on mission impossible – to find original viewpoints inside a Fintech landscape that is getting more and more crowded. Fortunately, Kantox had the opportunity to interview Strands CEO Erik Brieva, a leading voice at one of the firms with the most potential in this ecosystem.

Of particular interest are his vision on the future of Fintech-bank partnerships and his opinions on how banks find themselves stuck in a "sandwich", threatened by both these new actors, on the one hand, and tech giants such as Google and Amazon on the other.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, digital money management, Financial services, FinTech Race

Author: Nicole Harper, Content Manager on Sep 8, 2016

Forecasting FinTech: Views from Life.SREDA

STRANDS INTERVIEWS VLAdislav Solodkiy

In the emerging FinTech hub of Singapore, VP Sales (APAC) Xavier Marcillac sat down with Vladislav Solodkiy, CEO and Managing Partner at Life.SREDA, a venture capital firm focusing on investments in FinTech, mobile and Internet projects.

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Topics: FinTech, Digital Transformation, PFM, Vladislav Solodkiy

Author: Xavier Marcillac, VP Sales APAC on Aug 5, 2016

Pain in the bot? Artificial intelligence in banking

UBIQUIBOTS: AI FOR BANKS

Bots (and articles about bots - oops!) are popping up everywhere these days.

Indeed, very few concepts have shot up the hype curve so fast, especially considering that the idea of conversational UI has been with us for a long time in various forms and under different denominations. It looks like a jungle, but all bots are essentially doing the same thing: adding conversational capabilities to FAQ and search.

You can read a good evolution and state of the art here and here. Personally, I had the pleasure of working for two companies that developed their own virtual assistant (basically a chatbot with a cute face). You might remember Anna, IKEA's robo-assistant - just one of a fairly comprehensive chatbot database here - although all kind of them have somewhat faded away now without significantly transforming our lives.

So, could it be different now that the worlds of bots and banking are colliding?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, bots in banking, AI, conversational banking, chatbots

Author: Luis Rodriguez, VP Product Strategy on Jul 6, 2016

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