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Working Together: Financial Institutions and Fintech Partners

Posted by Wayne Brown on 22 Jan 2020


An earlier version of this blog was first published in December 2015.

Banking and technology go hand-in-hand. Many top tier financial institutions are investing heavily in innovation labs, tech experts, and other resources to bring next-generation fintech solutions to market. However, they sometimes struggle to do this on their own due to size, magnitude, or lack of in-house expertise.

One of the biggest considerations in developing fintech solutions is speed to market. As technology becomes more prominent in banking, some financial institutions want to break away from a reputation for slow progress. They not only need to develop highly secure technological solutions that can successfully serve customers with diverse needs, but also deliver and implement these solutions at a pace that’s rapid enough to stay competitive.

Silos are another challenge that financial institutions encounter in their attempts to modernize services and operations. As technology evolved over the years, financial institutions often utilized an assortment of products that failed to work harmoniously with one another. These disparate systems can create significant organizational and administrative challenges within the banking ecosystem. A fintech partner can help make sense of these silos and restructure or develop new technological infrastructure to help carry established financial institutions into the modern age.

As market demands increase, many financial institutions find that they need more comprehensive technology support. For some, outsourcing technology services may be the most cost-effective solution. Working with a fintech partner can provide access to an arsenal of expertise and open doors to innovation that financial institutions might not consider on their own.

Security is paramount, especially as public concerns over cyber and financial crime continue to escalate. A fintech partner can help fill the gaps in a financial institution’s internal resources and equip it with the expertise and finesse required for particularly high-risk undertakings. The right partner can ensure that solutions are innovative and user-friendly, as well as secure and compliant with all regulations.

Development and deployment of fintech solutions require significant investment of resources. Therefore, financial institutions may feel more comfortable working with a partner that has both the bandwidth to deliver high-quality fintech solutions to market and a proven track record of doing so. In addition, fintech companies serve more than one client, giving them a unique vantage point unavailable to an individual institution. It could take an internal team several months to research an issue and determine the best solution for it. Alternatively, fintech companies are poised to quickly offer a diverse array of solutions that can be customized for any sector or function.

The Bottom Line: With a trusted fintech partner, financial institutions can capitalize on a bird’s eye view into the industry, leverage security and compliance expertise, and accelerate product delivery. An astute fintech partner can be instrumental in helping generate new revenue and achieve goals quickly and efficiently. For financial institutions, aligning with fintech partners that offer strategic, cost-effective solutions and support can be an intelligent investment as competition within the industry continues to heighten.

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Wayne Brown Director of Business Development Wayne develops and manages business relationship at Alacriti. He brings over 25 years of financial services experience and worked with Metavante Corporation, Deutsche Bank, and MasterCard Worldwide before joining Alacriti. Wayne holds a B.B.A in Finance from Baruch College.

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