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: Payments. Where Banks and Merchants Connect

    As part of my commitment to share more new about Microsoft’s presence at Sibos, I’d like to introduce you to a key partner that delivers highly innovative payments and commerce solutions. FreedomPay is a strategic partner that leverages the Azure cloud, devices and analytics to bring a unique...
  • Blog Post: Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Business Banking? (aka, Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking - Part 2)...

    So - not the most original title, but I did promise a follow-up to my recent blog post: " Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking? " In the 'consumer edition' of the blog - also on Finextra , I suggested that banks can reinvigorate their payments brand and influence customer loyalty...
  • Blog Post: Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking?

    With less than 3 weeks left to Sibos I am eagerly awaiting the start of the conference. One of my favorite events within the event is Innotribe - a forum for forward thinking debate, discussion on innovative technologies, learning about new solutions, and collaboration through exchange of ideas. This...
  • Blog Post: Sibos 2013 - Countdown to Dubai

    Geographically and culturally it is difficult to imagine two more different locations between the last Sibos in Osaka Japan, to this year in Dubai. One constant however is that regardless of location, Sibos remains the top global banking conference. With just four weeks to go, I am excited that the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Payments is an Information Business

    In my teens, I remember TV commercials for Yellow Pages in the UK. The publication would list local retailers by category, and then you could call to see if the retailer had the item in stock. Maybe if they were a ‘nice retailer’ they would but the item aside for you (a boy wanting a new...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Payments & Digital Wallets - An Offer You Can't Refuse..

    Over the past few ye ars much of the innovation in payments has centered on the consumer experience with the mobile handset for purchases at point of sale (POS). NFC payments is the topic du jour in many countries. Mobile network operators through consortia like ISIS are driving an amount of buzz in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 4Afrika - and the Future of Cloud Financial Services in Africa

    This week Microsoft announced its 4Afrika initiative. This is a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of...
  • Blog Post: SEPA Compliance - The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

    Another key solution provider that Microsoft is proud to partner with at Sibos is Experian Payments, a leading provider of payments solutions for the European market. To provide some more insight to Experian, their solutions and what to expect at Sibos I invited Jonathan Williams of Experian Payments...
  • 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: Payments Transformation Across Asia

    Microsoft has many high profile technology solutions partners exhibiting at Sibos this year. Decillion Group, a leading provider of SWIFT and high value payments solutions across Asia, was one of the first Microsoft partners to develop payments solutions on BizTalk and the Accelerator for SWIFT. To provide...
  • Blog Post: Sibos 2012 - Looking Toward Osaka

    With only about six weeks to go before the doors of Sibos 2012 open in Osaka, Japan - I thought I'd take this opportunity to give a brief overview of Microsoft's presence there. As a SWIFT Key Partner we've been an exhibitor at Sibos for 9 years now, essentially since the BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Sibos 2011 Toronto

    I hope those of you in the northern hemisphere enjoyed your summer and took time out to be with friends and family. Now the summer is drawing to and end, the kids are back at school, and that means one other thing: Sibos is right around the corner. Just 3 weeks to be precise! Microsoft financial services...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Payments and Corporate Social Responsibility

    As the debate about digital wallets and mobile payment models rages in the US, many point to the very successful mobile schemes in markets such as Africa as proof positive that a mobile payments infrastructure can be sustained as a viable model. M-PESA in Kenya is perhaps the flagship model, now with...
  • 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: NFC Payments - Build It and They Will Come?

    What is a Mobile Payment Anyway? A somewhat rhetorical question, but every day there are new startups, alliances and technology announcements about the next generation of mobile payments: most recently, NFC enabled phones. The problem with mobile payments is that everyone has a different definition of...
  • 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: 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: Innovation at Sibos: “Mobilization” of Transaction Workflows with Luup

    There are two areas of corporate payments innovation that I expect to receive more attention at Sibos this year. First is e-invoicing, a process that is gaining considerable momentum as companies seek to further digitize the financial supply chain. The second is the adoption of mobile devices for treasury...
  • Blog Post: Stimulus for Road Construction? How about Payments!

    Living in the Chicago area, I've spent my fair share of time in traffic congestion trying to get to the airport. (Anyone familiar with Chicago ORD will also know that finding a plane that leaves on time is another challenge - but that's a different story). Chicago is known for having only two seasons...
  • Blog Post: SEPA: The Future is Integration Management

    It’s not quite so fashionable to talk about SEPA these days. After all – aren’t we all wishing the rules and solutions were are all defined and implemented? But there’s still a fundamental challenge that banks (and corporate treasuries) face: integration among both legacy formats...
  • Blog Post: SWIFT, Cloud Data, and Sibos

    Closing the Door on Data Privacy? After 3 some three years, the EU Parliament has approved the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program ( TFTP ) which outlined the rules for investigation into suspicious payments that may have been exchanged between banks via the SWIFT network. Hopefully the final chapter...
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