Sustainable Banking Using a Modern Content Services Platform

According to Swiss Re Institute Research1, the global economy could lose 10% of its total economic value by 2050 due to climate change.

Climate change continues to pose an existential threat to the global economy. While the impact is felt across different industries, financial institutions are at the forefront of being the change agents. With the world waking up and moving towards low carbon emissions, banks have a major role in enabling this change.

Sustainability for modern financial institutions is not just limited to going paperless or becoming carbon neutral. It incorporates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)  into traditional banking aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals3 (SDGs).

Enabling, Accelerating Digital and Sustainable Banking with a Modern Content Services Platform

A key aspect of a purposeful organization is authenticity, with ESG at its core. In this blog, let’s explore how viable modern content services platforms facilitate sustainability priorities in banking, including net-zero emissions, paperless banking, energy efficiency, social goodwill, and brand strengthening—enabling financial institutions to digitally transform and be future-ready.

Paperless Banking: Digital Loan Origination

Traditionally, the customer lending origination process is paper-intensive. It requires application forms and document submission for the pre-qualification process, including copies of identity documents, employment proof, salary slip, bank statement, and previous loan statement. That’s a whole lot of documents from a single applicant. Imagine how many papers are daily printed and submitted to the banks with millions of borrowers globally!

Here’s exactly where the modern content service platform comes into the picture. The platform enables banks to eliminate the traditional ways of managing documents with capabilities to scan, extract, classify, and intelligently upload, share, and store documents. It facilitates banks to transit to paperless banking without compromising their service offerings to reach net-zero emission targets. Once the financial institution embarks on this journey towards paperless banking, emissions from paper production, transportation, physical storage facilities, and electricity will undoubtedly be reduced.

Digital Customer Onboarding

COVID-19 has accelerated the pace and, more importantly, the acceptance and adoption of digital technologies. Account opening can be done paperless by visiting the bank’s website or mobile app and keying in account opening information, such as personal details, scanning or clicking your documents using a mobile camera, and uploading your picture and e-signature. A modern content services platform can organize this data and make it accessible to backend business processes. Having the right platform helps users securely maintain their information over time, allowing them to correct documents, read them on various devices, annotate or collaborate in an electronically-driven environment. This saves a lot of paper, which otherwise gets wasted due to errors, misprints, or multiple copies, and creates a seamless customer experience. Furthermore, it saves the transportation costs from not needing to send the paper waste for recycling and equips an organization to ensure on-demand audit-readiness of documents.

Customer Digital Lifecycle Journey

Traditionally, several phases and sub-phases of a customer lifecycle involve paper-based processes, including data collection of an applicant, document analysis, data enrichment, KYC case review, ongoing customer services, and customer-off boarding. The cycle continues if you succeed in up-sell or cross-sell any new product to customers in between. The modern content services platform can overcome this manual handling process and transform the digital customer lifecycle into a paperless one. The platform helps digitize documents, classify information, extract data, collaborate, and electronically store while significantly minimizing paper usage and costs. Features like e-forms, e-signatures, video KYC, and conversational interfaces can reduce paper trails and help in delivering a superior customer experience.

Energy Efficiency: Green IT through Cloud

On-premise infrastructure must be operational irrespective of the transactional load consuming considerable energy in computing, lighting, and cooling the data centers. Cloud is at the heart of energy savings. Today’s modern content services platforms leverage the cloud effortlessly, enabling business leaders to offer optimized and effective services to banks while consuming considerably fewer resources.

Energy Efficiency through Compression Techniques

Raconteur estimates that by 2025, nearly 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally.5 Banks are responsible for a sizable chunk of this data, consuming computer resources and energy. Modern content services platforms employ efficient compression techniques to reduce data size, saving computing storage and electricity. The energy savings will compound exponentially with data growth.

Social Goodwill and Brand Strengthening: Financial Inclusion

A modern content services platform and other digital technologies are crucial in taking banking to remote places. Today, a field agent can take a portable device to remote areas and collect customer information, signature, and identity proofs – all paperless, effortlessly bringing them into the banking system. Financial products like account opening, loan origination, payments, and card statements are offered digitally with this platform.

Green Banking

Apart from reducing operational emissions, banks encourage their customers to go paperless as an initiator of change. Banks provide loans for sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, or any other environment-based projects at a reduced lending rate. A truly digital bank can also help its customers and vendors go paperless by substituting paper-based documents with digital ones. In doing so, banks extend their commitment towards ‘net-zero’ in their operations, suppliers, customers, and the entire supply chain.

Brand Strengthening through ESG Data Analytics

A modern content services platform coupled with data, analytics, and System of Record (SoR) drives ESG metrics measurement and insights. The content services platform can extract data from sources and databases like customers’, suppliers’, social, satellite imagery, HR and government reports, etc., to feed into the analytics platforms to gain powerful insights. An example could be measuring agricultural and green energy loans annually to determine the contribution to CO2 emission reduction. Intersecting this data with country-wide CO2 emissions can help banks measure their ESG impact per year for a country or region.

The Way Forward

A modern content service platform paves the way for the contemporary approach to bringing sustainability to banks. The platform not only enables banks and financial institutions to protect the environment but also extends a helping hand with financial inclusion.

Reference

  1. The economics of climate change. (2021, April 26). Swiss Re Group | Swiss Re. https://www.swissre.com/institute/research/topics-and-risk-dialogues/climate-and-natural-catastrophe-risk/expertise-publication-economics-of-climate-change.html 
  2. Sustainable development goals. (n.d.). United Nations Development Programme. https://www.undp.org/sustainable-development-goals
  3. The world counts. (n.d.). The World Counts. Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/paper-waste-facts
  4. A Day in Data. (n.d.).Raconteur. https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/a-day-in-data/

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Digital Transformation Trends: Top Picks for 2020

The end of the year is the time to reflect on the past year and to plan for the year ahead. So, amid all the predictions and upcoming trends, here are our top 3 picks that you should consider while driving digital in 2020.

Low Code for Business Speed

Digital requires you to be faster. However, the time spent in translating business needs to business applications sets you back. This is where a low code automation platform comes to the rescue. The platform allows citizen developers to easily develop applications, reducing their dependence on IT. Further, it supports a variety of business needs across mobile apps, workflows, transactional apps, collaboration tools, rules-centric apps, document and content management, data extraction and interpretation, and so on.

Increase your Focus on Customers and their Journeys

Your customers, both internal and external, expect personalized, contextual and responsive experience irrespective of the time, place or channel. One of the reasons most enterprises struggle to achieve digital is because they don’t automate the end-to-end operational processes that underpin customer journeys.

2020 would require you to increase your focus on your customers, their overall journeys with the organization and the processes supporting it. Technologies in intelligent digital automation (BPM) can help by bringing your people, processes, systems, and things together. It offers a consolidated view of customer information and enables you to deliver an omnichannel experience throughout the customer journey.

Choose the Right Technology

With various technology options to choose from, it becomes difficult to identify what your business really needs.  To help you make the right decision, here is a snapshot of what to expect from these cutting-edge technologies:

  • Robotic process automation (RPA): A good option to consider if you are looking to automate your mundane tasks and free up your employees’ bandwidth for more constructive work. Using it along with intelligent digital automation enables end-to-end process automation while allowing for continuous process improvement.
  • Digital Sensing and Machine Learning: This is your best bet as it taps your customer needs and connects you with them across multiple channels. Further, it analyzes customer sentiments and helps you drive meaningful conversations.
  • Analytics: With a torrent of information being produced, which will continue to increase, analytics can help you figure out what, why and how while making the most of untapped opportunities.
  • Mobility: For best results, you need to leverage a mobility framework that banishes all kinds of disconnects. Building mobile apps alone would not help. Opt for a framework that breaks silos, integrates mobile processes with back-end systems, and offers a collaborative mobile environment.

Well, these are our top picks. And, as the year unfolds, many new trends will emerge and many would discontinue. One thing is certain that digital transformation is not an end goal but a journey that requires you to be fast, customer-centric and ahead of the curve.

Source: https://newgensoft.com/blog/digital-transformation-trends-top-picks-for-2020/

Compliance Systems and Newgen Software Announce Strategic Alliance to Enable Customers Meet Compliance in the Lending Space

Compliance Systems and Newgen Software Inc. (Newgen) have announced a strategic alliance that will provide their joint customers with best-in-class solutions to help them drive digital transformation while remaining fully compliant. Under the agreement, Newgen and Compliance Systems will work together to develop an integrated solution that enables compliance in the lending space.

The partnership is aimed at providing customers with a platform which will enable their users to significantly cut down on data entry and manual tasks to generate compliance documents. This alliance will have Newgen’s Commercial and Consumer Loan Origination solutions, built on Newgen’s business process management and enterprise content management platform. seamlessly integrated with Simplicity by Compliance SystemsTM for banks, credit unions, and other financial organizations. The integration between Newgen and Compliance Systems will provide another layer of efficiency for joint customers to optimize their workflows and reduce loan closing time.

Compliance Systems, through its comprehensive web-based application Simplicity by Compliance SystemsTM, will enable users to carry out lending-related compliance processes. Newgen’s lending solutions will work in conjunction with the former and extract greater value from transaction-specific data to render appropriate documents and eliminate redundant processes.

“Our partnership with Newgen opens many avenues for us and gives us the opportunity to be an enabler to banks, credit unions, and financial services organizations across the country. Together, we will help organizations achieve greater compliance and create transparency and efficiency throughout their lending processes. We are excited to partner with Newgen and are optimistic about taking our current growth trajectory to the next level,” said Ronny Chapman, Chief Strategy Officer at Compliance Systems.

“Lending compliance is critical for financial organizations and getting it right can result in superior customer experience. Our partnership with Compliance Systems is aimed to ensure that financial institutions stay compliant with lending industry regulations, relying on Newgen’s robust and agile technology platform for their current and future business needs,” said Diwakar Nigam, President, Newgen Software Inc.

Newgen’s commercial, small business, and consumer lending solutions help financial organizations automate and streamline the lending life cycle from origination, underwriting, disbursement to servicing.

About Compliance Systems

Compliance Systems is a best-in-class provider of financial transaction technology and expertise headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. With more than 25 years’ experience with financial transaction data analysis and documentation, Compliance Systems currently supports content configuration and compliance risk management at more than 1,300 U.S. banks and credit unions. The Compliance Systems warranty covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia, giving clients confidence that documentation meets compliance and legal needs. Compliance Systems minimizes transaction risk and reduces resource expenditures so that institutions can focus on business development.

For more information, please visit www.compliancesystems.com

About Newgen Software Inc.

Newgen Software Inc. is a global provider in banking process automation with more than 200+ banks, credit unions, and financial services institutions as its clients. Newgen’s banking process management framework automates critical business processes for banking institutions across commercial lending, consumer lending, customer onboarding, online account opening, trade finance, digital and mobile customer experience strategy. Newgen offers flexible on-premise and cloud-based solutions to its banking customers.

Source: https://newgensoft.com/company/press-releases/compliance-systems-newgen-software-announce-strategic-alliance-enable-customers-meet-compliance-lending-space/