Your core banking system may be performing as expected, but is it keeping up with modern technology and customer demand? With innovations in core technology gaining momentum, there's no reason why your core system shouldn't have newer and more powerful capabilities for your bank to optimize operations and customer service. Learn the top three modern capabilities your core system should include and consider if your bank could benefit from them.
If you’re like many bankers, you’re looking for the golden goose to help grow your business this year. The good news is that with IBT Apps’ newest partnerships and their newly released i2DepositSM account origination product, you’re able to do that and more.
Third-party integrations with a bank’s core system have quickly become a trend in the fintech industry. This makes sense for a few reasons: 1.) Today’s customers are looking for more digital products and paperless options to make banking convenient. 2.) Customer demand has caused a technology revolution with more and more third-party product vendors venturing into the community banking space. 3.) Startups and national organizations like ICBA are supporting these players by cultivating an environment for bankers to learn about and interact with new vendors.
This article was previously published in Independent Banker.
How would you describe your relationship with your core provider?
When we spoke to a group of community bankers last year, we often heard, “Well, it’s a love/hate relationship. Our business is running, and we have no complaints, but sometimes we wish we had more to work with.” We also heard, “We actually feel a little trapped in our relationship. We signed a 20-year contract, but our needs are changing and they’re not really able to meet us halfway.”
Having to review a core provider’s contract is like trying to walk through the southern mud. There are pages and pages of messy legalese, and if you don’t have an attorney that is knowledgeable in core technology contracts, you might just sign up for products and services you don’t need or want, and end up paying for more than you bargained for. What community bankers may not realize is that a core provider’s contract shouldn’t be complex or confusing; yet day after day, bankers are left locked into their contracts due to the black holes they couldn’t spot ahead of signing on the dotted line.
In order to thrive in today's climate, a community bank must shift its business strategy and advance their core technology. Download our latest ebook on How Core Technology is Changing the Community Banking Environment and learn about the developments and benefits of modern core technology and where to start when your business joins the road to innovation.
This content was previously published in IB magazine.
Many community banks have been operating with their core technology 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.