How FinTech Integration Modernizes Banking

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With banking shifting almost completely to digital, banks and financial institutions must focus on FinTech integration to focus on and adapt to current trends. 

Legacy core operating systems are fast becoming a burden on banks. Meanwhile, neobanks rely on cloud-native core banking platforms, significantly reducing costs. To survive, traditional banks will need to increasingly adopt technology in their operations. This will not only enable them to become more cost effective, but also allow enable better customer connect and customer relationships.

Most of the digital tools used in the financial and banking sector, run on the cloud. this presents a very successful and cost optimized business model. If traditional banks do not upgrade as soon as possible, they might lose the market to new-age banks with better operating technologies.

How FinTech Integration Will Modernize Banking

The digital age has transformed the way people conduct business. The financial services industry is no exception, with traditional banks and other financial institutions increasingly embracing new technology and software to improve operational efficiency and customer service.

As this trend continues, banks increasingly rely on financial tools for efficiency. They will soon be unable to survive operating on legacy systems. They are realizing the need for upgrades and migration to new technologies to meet changing customer needs.

FinTech integration with banking operations is an important part of providing improved customer experience. Digital technologies that drive FinTech tools, allow firms to provide additional services and features to their customers.

Fintech that deliver products such as mobile payments or lending products also meet a rising customer need for these functionalities. once integrated with banks systems, they will assist banks in meeting their customers’ needs, better.

FinTech integration can be done in various ways, through APIs, direct connections, and an open architecture approach.

Also read: CRM in Fintech: Enhancing Customer Relationship

Factors for Successful Technology Integration and FinTech Migration:

For a successful integration of FinTech with banking systems, and their subsequent migration to tech platforms, two threads should run simultaneously.

  1. Functional Integration and Change Management

In a traditional integration strategy, it is necessary to consider IT consolidation. The main goal is to optimize the existing infrastructure so that it can be repeated in the future. This is the first step towards integration.

Effective change management is crucial for successfully adopting and retaining new tools. The standard playbook is highly effective for non-differentiating components such as email, collaboration, and storage.

Banks should be able to carry out these activities quickly and efficiently.

Integration does not happen in isolation; there is always a need to balance acquiring new technology and ongoing structural programs. In any technology integration, the users need to be acquainted with the new ways of doing things.

Change management is all about managing users’ insecurities and queries. They have been set in a certain way, and with FinTech integration, they will need to learn new tools and ways of doing their job.

Change management ensures that integration does not disrupt teams or processes. It also ensures that the modifications are scalable and duplicable.

For digital transformation, change management will ensure that the new systems, processes, and paradigms will percolate to the last person on every team. That is how the transformation will take place.

  1. Integration with the actual FinTech platform 

Product engineering and product roadmaps are critical levers for scaling technology. They serve as connecting points between existing systems and applications while delivering the necessary growth.

While the technology partner works on the APIs and other points of integration, the topmost requirement will be to ensure integration security.

The vision and roadmaps should be developed collaboratively to achieve this and keep the FinTech’s differentiated talent engaged.

Advantages of Modernizing a Legacy Banking System

while it may be an onerous task, integration of financial technologies with banking operations delivers some very clear advantages to the business. Here are a few:

Optimized costs

According to McKinsey’s Global payments report,

medium-sized banks could save $100 million by implementing progressive modernization or transitioning to more advantageous digital banking options. At first, transitioning the banking codebase to a modern alternative may appear costly.

However, considering the benefits, you’ll see that it’s well worth it because it reduces costs when maintaining and resolving issues in modern banking applications.

Strengthened security

Using outdated infrastructure exposes the bank to security risks. if the platforms are not upgraded, or patched, they develop vulnerabilities that could invite security risks. Obsolete technologies are sitting duck for hackers attempting to steal sensitive data or disrupt operations.

However, in a modern banking platform, cutting-edge tools are present to manage security threats and respond quickly to data breaches.

Regular patching and updates to security risks will ensure better security for the data and operations.

With updated systems, it is also simpler for banks to keep abreast of financial industry compliances and regulations.

Improved customer experience.

Legacy-core banking systems frequently have outdated user interfaces and unresponsive features that aren’t optimized for modern devices and browsers. This can result in a poor user experience, especially for digital first and mobile banking users.

Digital tools used in FinTech can improve the UI of mobile banking apps. They can add useful features like AI chatbots, cardless payments, personalized financial advice, and more. This integration enables banks to offer their customers a seamless and convenient banking experience, ultimately increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Innovative digital capabilities.

While digital capabilities are the cornerstone of any enterprise today, that is not the only reason for integrating them in banks.

A bigger need is to keep it ready for innovations that become possible with the adoption of AI, ML and automation. FinTech that uses these tools can help banks to ride the bandwagon of innovation. They can then compete in the highly cut throat industry with demanding, tech savvy customers.

Strategies for Successful Technology Migration for banks

Successful FinTech integration requires a variety of factors, including strong partnerships, clear communication, and a thorough understanding of the FinTech company’s and financial institution’s needs and objectives.

However, some upgrades need a full migration of the systems. for instance, the cloud migration of a banks’s core banking system is a critical part of this modernization. the cloud is the foundation of digital tools.

so it is imperative for the bank to migrate its infrastructure to the clouds- if they need to use other digital tools.

In addition to virtualizing the entire banking core and migrating it to the cloud, there are a number of other activities that are a part and parcel of a cloud migration.

A clear governance, process is essential. in addition, cloud migration needs foolproof security for the customer and banking data.

Having an expert managed service provider is a very smart idea. For ensuring management, maintenance and security of the cloud, usually the cloud provider is the best bet.

Conclusion

FinTech integration with banks legacy systems is a complex and fragile process that necessitates meticulous planning and execution.

However, it is also one of the most critical steps in transforming your banking software for the digital age. Integrating your systems with digital financial technologies will enable the ability to provide more advanced services to customers.

it will allow for the use to AI, ML, automation tools- that ensure lower costs low with increased overall organizational efficiency.

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Swapnil Mishra
Swapnil Mishrahttps://talkfintech.com/
Swapnil Mishra is a global news correspondent at TalkCMO, with over six years of experience in the field. Specializing in marketing technologies, Swapnil has established herself as a trusted voice in the industry. Having collaborated with various media outlets, she has honed her skills in content strategy, executive leadership, business strategy, industry insights, best practices, and thought leadership. As a journalism graduate, Swapnil possesses a keen eye for editorial detail and a mastery of language, enabling her to deliver compelling and informative news stories. She has a keen eye for detail and a knack for breaking down complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language.
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