Microsoft Perspectives on Banking, Payments and Big Data in Financial Services

Thoughts, comments, news and reflections about payments and core banking from a subject matter expert from Microsoft’s Financial Services Team - Colin Kerr, Worldwide Industry Manager for Payments and Core Banking.

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  • Blog Post: Big Data in Japan....(and other countries)

    Well - with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming 'Big In Japan' by Alphaville in your head, I am in good company! But I digress... I recently returned from a business trip to China and Japan where I had the privilege of meeting several major banks to discuss Big Data...
  • Blog Post: Big (Data) in Japan....(and other countries)

    Well - with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming 'Big In Japan' by Alphaville in your head, I am in good company! But I digress... I recently returned from a business trip to China and Japan where I had the privilege of meeting several major banks to discuss Big Data...
  • Blog Post: BIAN at Sibos: Real Standards For Banking Transformation!

    Today I’d like to introduce you to another of our stand partners. As many of you will have seen from my previous posts , Microsoft is a founding member of BIAN (Banking Industry Architecture Network) – a not-for-profit organization focused on collaborating to improve banking system integration...
  • Blog Post: Building the Bank of the Future – with Standards!

    With Sibos fast approaching, it is about time I introduced you to another of our stand partners. This time though, our partner interview is a little different than with traditional software partners. As many of you will have seen from my previous posts , Microsoft is a founding member of BIAN (Banking...
  • Blog Post: Core Banking on Microsoft Windows and SQL - Gaining Momentum...

    Last week I had the privilege to attend and speak at the Temenos Community Forum in Barcelona. Over the years this has expanded from being a customer-only event to also include prospects, partners, press and analysts. The Temenos team always organizes a great conference; the locations are terrific, and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B)

    More and more I hear our customers and partners around the world asking for a Microsoft view on how to best leverage technology to transform banking. Banks are faced with complex decisions to modernize core infrastructure, increase employee productivity and also provide innovation to customers. It is...
  • Blog Post: Going Beyond 'Five Nines' Uptime on the Microsoft Platform

    Payments processing has always demanded a high performance, and highly resiliant platfrom. This is true of Fedwire and other RTGS systems, national ACH systems, and card transaction platforms alike. As the first of these systems was implemented in the 1970s and 1980s it isn't surprising that mainframe...
  • Blog Post: Global Adoption of ISO20022. Is it possible?

    It is easy to think of ISO20022 as a Europe-only set of message definitions because of the machinations around SEPA, and so the broader value of ISO20022 and its global applicability can be lost when it is viewed only as a SEPA issue. At Sibos 2010 I was delighted to participate in a panel discussion...
  • Blog Post: Back to the Future?

    Last month Citi, typically known as an IT innovator in the financial services world, announced it is to replace its aging legacy core banking system with another mainframe-based batch system. Because of the relatively large number of mainframe solutions specific to the US market, and a host of outsourced...
  • Blog Post: How's That Core Banking Replacement Going?

    Core banking system replacement is arguably one of the most challenging technology projects in banking today. I often liken core operations to the engine room of a ship: it's an area that hums away in the background, needs regular care and maintenance, and historically has run that way for some time...
  • Blog Post: Payments Industrialization

    A commonly asked question is if payments are a product or a commodity? I firmly believe the answer is that they are actual both. The traditional way of defining and processing payments has become very much commoditized. Facilitated by the homogenization of payment standards, particularly in Europe (and...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Microsoft Payments Community

    Hello and welcome from Microsoft’s worldwide financial services group. In this blog, I will share my thoughts and insights into the payments industry, and the challenges banks face in renewing their core platforms. Many people ask me, “why the interest in payments systems?” Quite honestly, it’s an easy...
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