Singapore Pointing The Way To Open Banking Platforms

Singapore Pointing The Way To Open Banking Platforms

by November 10, 2017

People are – quite rightly – excited about the future of the financial services industry.

The opportunity to surpass the traditional financial services experience with new digital innovations and strategic business models that are breaking barriers — is exciting to say the least. But financial service institutions are quickly recognizing that innovation for innovation’s sake does not equate to success or survival in a time of rapid change.

To thrive, financial services firms (FSIs) are going to have to create a new platform and services model that offers consumers the best financial services, regardless of whether they come from within the bank, from another institution, or from a fintech, and deliver those services anytime, anywhere, and on any device. That scenario is the only one guaranteeing that customers will have a real reason to sustain an engaged dialogue with that institution. As industry luminary Chris Skinner puts it,

Mark Smedley Oracle

Mark Smedley

“banks are having to move from being control freaks in a proprietary operation building everything to becoming collaborative partners in an open marketplace curating everything”.

The next step is for banks and FinTechs that are working together to meet the changing needs of their customers faster to do so in a manner that allows them to commercialize their innovations. Some of the best innovation in this direction is happening in Singapore and being displayed at the Singapore FinTech Festival this week.

Leading players in the industry are moving in this direction, and Oracle is helping accelerate their path to success.

Oracle has been onboarding leading Fintech capabilities on our open banking and digital experience platform as well as curating both Fintech and banking APIs in our API Marketplace so FSIs can get to market and generate revenues from these innovations faster. These capabilities are now gaining ground in Singapore, one of the most important Fintech hubs globally.

Initiatives led by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) are helping make Singapore a global fintech hub, leading to new bank offerings such as PayNow.

The need to digitize in the API Economy

The financial services industry transformation map (ITM) developed by the MAS is an important next step, in our view. Singapore is looking to boost technology adoption to increase efficiency in the sector and simplify regulatory compliance for financial institutions. Using technology to boost efficiency is another important step. Numerous banks have beautiful front-end applications, but back-end processes are still manual.

Forms are still printed out and mailed. There is a pressing need for banks to digitize end-to- end in order to achieve a head start in the API economy.

Oracle’s open API banking solution enables financial institutions to roll out their API initiatives quickly. Banks can gain new revenue streams, rethink their operating and business models, all without disrupting their pre-existing tech architecture.

Singapore is one of the most vibrant hubs for finance and technology innovation and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest and most capable people in the world to create a truly digital future for our industry. The Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator was established in Singapore and is part of this year’s Innovation Lab Crawl on Nov 13, 2017 beginning at 10:00 in our Galaxis Singapore Lab.


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Our team is actively working with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and will be showcasing our open banking platform, API marketplace and extensive API Catalog at the Singapore FinTech Festival.

2 Finalists are using Open API Platform

In addition, 2 of the Top 20 Finalists — ERNIT, the world’s first smart piggy bank, and SnapCheck & blockchain-enabled Digital Checking Platform — will be using our Open API Platform and Oracle Digital Banking Experience (OBDX) APIs to build impactful, market-ready solutions for the Financial Industry.

We will be at Singapore Expo Hall 2, Booth 2T07 during the week. We invite participants to see our technology in action, meet the experts, and learn how Oracle can accelerate innovation to production.

For further information about Oracle’s open banking strategy check out this  links: digital-innovation- platform-open- banking/ api-banking- solution-101617.html


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