Data Management

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As financial services’ CIOs work to expand the digital capabilities of their companies, they are required to build the future infrastructure by integrating modern technologies to optimize or transform capabilities for meeting business needs. Consistently.

 

Success in the modern financial services environment, especially in the post-pandemic era, requires organizations to apply digital business transformation using the most advanced technologies to stay ahead of future industry trends, and the evolving expectations and need of institutional and retail clients

According to Gartner, “Financial services firms are meeting the needs of this new era head-on. Half of insurance firms and 45% of banks and investment firms are scaling and refining their digital strategy. Digital technologies like cloud services, machine learning and APIs have altered the culture, processes and technologies in every organization”.

Haystream specializes in helping financial services firms’ CIOs and COOs progress on their digital journey to automate operations, that result in high ROI, which enables re-investment to kick off newer initiatives, piloting of new technologies, and creating new revenue opportunities through a long-term strategy and the right key performance indicators to ensure value creation. 

 

#Smartify your Digital Journey:

The financial industry changes faster than any other and the operations built to capitalize on the rapid change does not always get the advantage of forethought, preparation and full investment needed for it to be most effective – from a cost or margin optimization view.

Haystream financial services experts have helped CIOs, CFOs and COOs of Fortune 100 firms troubleshoot and automate operations impacted by:

  • Limited technology investments

  • Redundancy for control and oversight

  • Too many spreadsheets and other end-user computing on desktops, making compliance very difficult

  • An inability to devote the extra time needed to pursue more effective and efficient processing leading to massive total spend

  • Unable to quantify the value of process re-engineering and automation initiatives thereby not being able to showcase huge savings to the board

#Smartify your Strategy:

Haystream expertly brings about effective optimization and business transformation needed throughout the organization using modern technologies.  For example, you can have similar results from a process re-design and automation approach for a Fortune 100 client that:

  • Reduced process participation of 20 team members across 5 departments to 1.5 team size within one department, improving the process efficiency multifold

  • Reduced process lag days by 75%

  • Elimination of the many redundant controls that had the team recalculating and validating multiple data sets in dozens of spreadsheets

  • A single integrated dashboard that shows the new automated process’ results with access to the proof of results for fiduciary sign-off.

According to Gartners’ Alexander Bant, Practice Vice President, Chief of Research, Finance – “Sixty-nine percent of board directors say that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are accelerating their digital business initiatives. C-Suite must fund that acceleration while maintaining control over the organization’s finances — even when operating conditions remain highly volatile”.

The resulting global, cross industry analysis by Gartner shows that CFOs and their sub-function leaders are squarely focused on digitalization imperatives, but also on improving the workings and outcomes of the function’s core activities.

Haystream can implement the following Digitalization priorities of FY21 for CIOs, CFOs & COOs –

  • Artificial Intelligence 

  • Cloud Based AI Models  

  • Enterprise-wide Digital Investment Review and Governance

  • Managing of Digital Business Performance

  • Advanced Data Analytics

  • Accelerating Digital Skills & Automation of Financial Processes

  • Robotic Process Automation

Banking

Globally leading banks are pivoting and rebooting their strategy, capitalizing on the COVID-19-led change, innovating business models, and tweaking their strategies for FY21 and beyond.

​Consumer digital behaviors have undergone a rapid transformation. Banks today are leveraging technology driven analytics to gain far deeper customer insights to position the right services for their customers.

Forrester Analytics’ Consumer Technographics® data shows that 14% of US adults banked online for the first time as a result of the pandemic. Banks are refocusing to drive customer and employee engagement through online experiences & new digital behaviors which are going to be the norm for FY21 and beyond.

Wealth and Investment Management

Even before the pandemic, the Wealth Management sector was already facing major challenges due to Fintechs, new technologies, evolving customer expectations and relationships, and regulatory impacts, all of which negatively impact revenues, fees, and margins. In a difficult environment for making new investments, CIOs and COOs can accelerate digitalization by focusing on smart, high-ROI initiatives such as automation of back-end, spreadsheet-driven processes, while investing in analytics to accelerate digital relationships with customers that increase revenues and assets under management.

Asset Management firms have extensive opportunities to benefit from focused digital transformation programs that reduce costs by automating operations using AI, applying data management and advanced analytics, modernizing their infrastructure using cloud, and creating innovative new products that resonate with the newer client demographic.

Capital Markets

The pandemic highlighted many novel challenges for Capital Markets firms and Investment Banks. There are extensive opportunities for digitization that include, stronger data management and application of AI and analytics, migration to a secure cloud-based infrastructure, and automation of processes across the entire life cycle of trading operations. The elimination of spreadsheet-driven reconciliation and other processes, automatic and seamless ingestion of structured and unstructured data feeds, and using advanced analytics to manage risk, and drive customer relationships and profitability, are emerging as major priorities for digital transformation.