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: My new chapter in financial services

    Fellow industry colleagues, partners, friends and readers. Just as the seasons change (an early start to winter here in Chicago), there are also career seasons. In a new season for me I have decided to pursue a new opportunity at a leading financial services firm. Consequently, because this is a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Putting the Lid on Cybercrime

    One of our key themes at Sibos 2014 in Boston was the work that Microsoft does to fight cybercrime. Cybercrime costs businesses billions of dollars every year, and financial service institutions are at an especially high risk. Malware and Trojans deployed to consumer devices and corporate workstations...
  • 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: Can the Financial Services Industry Take Their Data to the Bank?

    Last week I had the chance to travel to New York City for an executive briefing on big data. In the financial services industry, we know that data is the business. Market volatility and regulatory demands are making data more strategic than ever before to the industry. The availability of new data types...
  • 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: Banking Sustainability on the Eve of Sibos 2012

    Kon nichi wa Osaka. After a missed connection on the way from Chicago, I finally checked into the hotel at midnight, thankful my luggage also survived the trip. As a wet drizzle blankets Osaka on Sunday morning the Microsoft team is making our final preparations, and it gives me a chance for a blog post...
  • 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: Abolishing Checks (Cheques)

    Those of you who know me have heard that I am passionate about the game of hockey (the variety played on ice rather than grass). The NHL playoffs have just started and so this is my favorite time of year. It's a fast-paced game and it takes physical and mental stamina to win four best-of-seven series...
  • Blog Post: Mobile 'Banking' and BI - Enhancing Operational Productivity

    Hardly a day goes by without some new innovation in mobile payments or mobile banking being announced. It’s hardly surprising, as ‘consumers in control’ are demanding banks provide services that meet the capabilities of mobile devices. But the other thing one notices is the almost complete...
  • Blog Post: The end of cash for payments? Not so fast!

    Picking up on my recent threads about mobile payments as a form factor ( NFC Payments - Build It and They Will Come? ), and with the current state of market buzz around mobile and alternative payments, I am certainly a strong proponent for advancing innovative payment methods for wholesale and consumer...
  • Blog Post: India and the Race to Financial Inclusion

    I just returned from my annual trip to visit partners and customers in India. In one year I could see quite a difference in the infrastructure developments, but also how the pace has picked up in developing new banking services. The economy is expanding rapidly on an annual basis (8.9% in 2010), and...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Payments and Core Banking

    Core banking and payments are often considered separate operational areas. Although I have been a big proponent of banks treating payments as a business (not just a cost center), this practice has perhaps created a bigger disconnect between payments and core banking operations than is healthy. At least...
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