This content was previously published in IB magazine.
Many community banks have been operating with their core systems for decades, often for as long as the bank has been established. The bank’s staff are accustomed to working with old technology and a mindset of, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But digging deeper, many bankers are finding that it is, in fact, broken in some way, shape, or form. Legacy core systems become stagnant, costly to maintain, and create a barrier to growth and profitability.
Community bankers must realize that the benefits of a new core outweigh the upfront costs. For community banks to thrive in this time, they must take the leap, let go of their incompatible core, and explore systems that can evolve as their needs change.