Axway and Finextra Research: Financial Organizations Seek Operational Intelligence

May 13, 2015 | By Peter Benesh, Director, Software Solutions Marketing, FSI Industry & Accounting Integration, Axway

Operational Intelligence has the potential to deliver a wealth of business benefits to organizations - including providing real-time insight into their business critical processes - but as with many emerging technologies, companies need a comprehensive strategy to ensure they’re getting the most out of what operational intelligence offers.

So how can organizations achieve this? Last week we released results from a study we conducted with Finextra Research focused on how financial organizations are utilizing operational intelligence for payments, and the results were telling. Essentially, the study found that there is increased pressure on IT to support instant decision making to enhance the customer experience, increase profitability and improve performance.

The study surveyed 105 decision makers in the global financial services industry, and the results highlighted the various banks’ priorities in their payments business, the challenges they face in their operations and their current use of operational intelligence tools to deliver real-time business analytics and decision support.

While evaluating the key responsibilities of chief operating officers, strategic planning executives and global payments managers, the study found that 55 percent of respondents believe customer service improvement is the top business priority, followed by increasing profit (26 percent) and improving performance (19 percent).

Out of the 105 respondents, 77 percent stated that they process immediate payments of one kind or another, while 58 percent stated they are expected to make immediate operational decisions daily. And 90 percent stated that their bank is directly connected to a payment-processing platform.

The study also revealed the below items as challenges companies are faced with:

  • Prevalence of immediate payment processing
  • Large payment transaction volumes
  • Prioritization of improved customer service
  • Necessity for immediate operational decisions
  • Desire to reduce operational risk
  • Growing security concerns

All told, the results concluded that the most pressing issues faced by most financial institutions are delivering business analytics and making decisions in real-time. However, by implementing operational intelligence technologies, organizations will be able to govern the flow of data across multiple channels in order to embrace new digital business models. If you’d like to learn more about how Axway can help your organization enhance its operational intelligence capabilities, please visit:

TOPICS: Operational Intelligence

Peter Benesh

Director, Software Solutions Marketing, FSI Industry & Accounting Integration, Axway

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