Microsoft Perspectives on Payments and Core Banking 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: 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: 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 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: Above the Surface - Windows 8 at Sibos 2012

    Looking back on Sibos this year, one of the most exciting aspects of the show for Microsoft was the phenomenal interest around the recent launch of Windows 8 and its value to banks in the enterprise. The formal launch of Windows 8 on October 26th gave Microsoft the opportunity to show off some of the...
  • 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: 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: 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: Real Time Risk Management at Sibos with Cloud Trading Technologies

    With only a few days to go to Sibos Toronto, today I would like to introduce you to another of Microsoft’s Sibos stand partners. Cloud Trading Technologies is an incredibly innovative financial services partner with a focus on Electronic Trading and Risk Management. To provide some more insight...
  • Blog Post: Streamlining Payments at Sibos 2011 with ProfitStars

    As the countdown to Sibos Toronto continues, today I would like to introduce you to one of Microsoft’s Sibos stand partners. ProfitStars is part of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. and is a long standing financial services partner with a focus on deposit automation and payment solutions. To provide...
  • 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: 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: Payment Screening in the Cloud

    This week RBS found the spotlight in an unenviable way when it was fined GBP 5.6M by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for insufficient controls over payments screening processes. According to news articles, the list of transgressions include a breakdown of manual procedures and also inadequate...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Prepaid Money Laundering?

    In the United States, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ( FinCEN ) was established in 1990 and is, in general terms, charged with implementing measure to prevent misuse of financial systems for criminal activities. With specific regard to payments, money laundering and terror financing are the...
  • Blog Post: Bridging the Atlantic

    It is often said that the UK and the US are two nations separated by a common language. To take that a bit further, there are also huge differences between European and US payments cultures and systems. In the news this week were two announcements that bring this into sharp relief. Compatability of...
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