Planning and implementing the route to market
Once a “go” decision has been reached, banks will need to factor in wider operational considerations, choose how to enter the market and develop an implementation roadmap. For example, while it may be desirable to create a separate entity from scratch, it might be quicker and more cost effective to adapt existing solutions once operational dependencies and implementation are taken into account. Depending on the situation it may be optimal for banks to subscribe to proven, white label capability instead or, assuming the right synergies exist, the simplest option might be to buy an existing digital bank.
Banks will need to decide how they plan to implement the new proposition and how they will use existing assets and products. There are four main pathways to building a digital challenger: adapting an existing solution, building from scratch, using a white label platform, or through acquisition. These pathways are not mutually exclusive, and each come with different benefits and disadvantages that must be assessed carefully since they will vary depending on individual bank circumstances.
Whichever pathway is chosen, the bank will need expertise, guidance and support from trusted partners, none more so than for the implementation roadmap that will frame how a digital bank is created and launched. We believe there are three core phases to a robust implementation roadmap: (1) business model definition, (2) solution design and (3) implementation.
Technology has given customers more freedom when choosing financial products and services and they are attracted to providers that enable them to manage their money safely and more conveniently from their smartphones and desktops. Banks are finding that they must reimagine their customer experiences to continue to remain relevant in today’s market. To be successful and to differentiate from the competition, you may choose to develop your mobile banking capability as part of your multi/omni-channel strategy and digitization roadmap. In addition, you may also decide to create your own standalone digital bank to defend your position in the market, to go after new business or to use as a test and learn for your digital innovations.
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