News & Commentary
Content posted in February 2011
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Five Steps to Effective Idea and Product Testing
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Some ideas should be truly tested for soundness, not just piloted and deployed.
Spanish Security Firm Identifies New Trojan Affecting European Banks
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Difficult to detect, the Tatanga Man-in-the-Browser trojan affects as many as eight browsers.
Bank of America to Test Mobile Payments on the BlackBerry
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The bank is inviting BlackBerry-bearing customers in Atlanta and San Francisco to join a mobile payment trial this spring.
Microsoft and its Partners Express Optimism Around IT Investment
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Innovation, differentiation of services and cloud computing are consistent themes with Microsoft's partners.
Synchronization: The Key to Protecting Banks' Key Organizational Asset...Their Data
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
Global systems bolster network performance and service levels, while synchronization solutions can ensure uninterrupted access to (and protection for) critical files
What Consumers Want From Mobile Banking Apps
What Consumers Want From Mobile Banking Apps
Bank Systems & Technology Videos  |  2/24/2011  | 
In this video, Madhavi Mantha, principal and head of banking research at analyst firm Novarica, shares new research on consumer preferences vis a vis mobile banking, and what banks should do to respond to these trends.
60% of Bankers Consider Business Payments "Extremely Important"
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Unsatisfied with their current payment infrastructure for business clients, many banks are trying to integrate their payments systems, survey finds.
One in Five Smart Phone Owners Admit to Being Addicted
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
65% of iPhone users would fish their beloved device out of a public commode, survey finds.
Social Media: Perhaps Retail Banks Just Don't Get It
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
An Ovum survey shows global retail banks are still slow to take up social media, and that they might be missing out.
SAP Launches App for Monitoring Mortgage Portfolios
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
New mortgage analyzer is meant to help banks track the health of their mortgage portfolio and adjust to Dodd-Frank reporting rules.
ATM Skimming 101: How It Works, How to Prevent It
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
U.S. banks lose about $1 billion a year to ATM skimming, and it's said to be growing 10% per year.
New Online Community Aims to Spark Conversation on Electronic Payments, Financial Services
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Payments Authority, a nonprofit supporting electronic payments, has launched B2BSynergy.org as an online meeting place for bankers, vendors and business owners.
New OddJob Malware Targets Online Banking Users
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
OddJob Trojan silently joins online banking sessions and lets criminals conduct transactions after the legitimate user has logged out.
The Technology Behind Metro Bank's 15-Minute Account Openings
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Straight-through processing, a decision engine, strategic outsourcing all help create an efficient branch account opening process.
Dear Bank CEO, Where Are You Taking the Bank? Your Core System Wants to Know
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
The beauty of a two-page strategic plan.
Banks Are Driving ERM Programs, But Believe Their Risk Technology Needs Work
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
A Deloitte survey shows that an impressive 86% of banks have chief risk officers and 79% have an enterprise risk management program in place or in progress. But the numbers of those happy with their current risk technology are much lower.
Community Banker, Wall Streeters Hired to CFPB Posts
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
Ex-bankers from Deutsche Bank, Capital One Financial, Morgan Stanley, Philadelphia National Bank and Start Community Bank to join the consumer protection agency for financial services.
IronKey Voices Support of Heightened Anti-Fraud Regulation
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Secure storage and authentication provider says its a team effort to curb fraud.
Mobile Fraud Alerts Let Customers Respond
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Under ClairMail's new mobile fraud alert service, customers can confirm or deny transactions, letting fraudulent transactions be voided before they go through and reducing false positives.
90% of Financial Institutions Call Improving Risk Data A Priority
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
More intrusive supervision and higher penalties are driving firms to improve their risk data infrastructure, according to analyst firm JWG.
Google's Schmidt Says Mobile Payments Will Boom As Part of Mobile Consumerism
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Consumer shopping will drive mobile payments, Schmidt believes.
BankSimple Aims to Declutter Mobile, Online Banking
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
A small group of banks will offer basic checking and card accounts through BankSimple's stripped-down interface.
Making the Case for Core
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
To say the least, core banking systems renewal is a hot topic among banks. Here's an opportunity to learn more about one of the industry's top technology trends.
Intel Says New vPro Boosts Performance and Speed, for Laptops, Virtual Desktops
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
More powerful Core processors, built in authentication features and a Citrix collaboration make the latest vPro laptops and desktops worth a look.
Chase Partners With Mitek to Expand QuickPay Mobile Deposit Capture
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Agreement could expand Chase's remote deposit capture feature on multiple smartphone platforms.
Chris Perretta, State Street CIO, on Building A Secure Cloud
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
As part of an IT transformation project, State Street is creating a private cloud that the bank's CIO says will be more secure than the existing IT infrastructure.
The Sweet Spot of Banking -- 1,208 Mid-Tier Commercial Banks
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Why mid-size banks are good at core systems deployment.
Mobile World Congress: Verifone Announces New NFC Solutions
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
The electronic payments provider announces a nationwide contactless mobile rollout in Turkey, along with a new global NFC solution.
Research Finds 67% Rise in Number of Companies Using Cloud Services
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
But although companies are quickly adopting cloud computing, many are neglecting such fundamentals as integration, security, connectivity, monitoring, continuity planning and long-term staffing, the report found.
IBM's Watson Computer To Compete on Jeopardy Tonight
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
Over time, IBM wants to sell Watson to banks and other companies to help them solve large, complex problems.
In Closing Branches, BofA Validates Videoconferencing
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
While Bank of America will close more branches this year, it will also begin to use videoconferencing as a means to connect customers and bankers.
Through A Boomlet of PFM Tools, Banks Offer Consumers Budget Help
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
PNC, Bank of Montreal and Lloyds TSB are rolling out or enhancing their personal financial management offerings, to meet consumers' psychological need to take control of their budgets.
Americans Misjudge When It Comes to Spending
News  |  2/10/2011  | 
A Chase survey finds that when people think they're in control of their spending or have stuck to a budget, they're often wrong.
Serving the Underserved Can Help Banks Regain Lost Revenues
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Why aren't banks moving more aggressively to tap into the pot of gold represented by the more than 100 million underserved, underbanked and unbanked consumers?
Citi's Tracey Weber Brings E-Commerce Expertise to Bank's Online Channels
News  |  2/9/2011  | 
Citi's new managing director for Internet and Mobile for North America seeks to improve customer experience, engagement and accessibility.
Oracle's Mark Hurd Discusses the Shifting Global Market, Integration and Security
News  |  2/9/2011  | 
Hurd's Oracle Financial Services Forum keynote highlights the changing shape of technology.
Mobile Banking Can Deliver 300% Returns, Accenture Says
News  |  2/9/2011  | 
Banks in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe are reaping high returns by offering extra services via mobile devices.
New Mobile Card Payment Solution Aims for Enterprise
News  |  2/8/2011  | 
Sage Payment Solutions builds end-to-end encrypted mobile payments solution.
Can Square, Intuit and Other Mobile Payment Providers Compete With A 12-Cent Debit Card Transaction?
News  |  2/8/2011  | 
They may provide ease of use, but new mobile payment providers targeting small and medium size businesses don't seem to offer transactions cheaper than post-Dodd-Frank debit card payments.
What's in Store for 5,195 Small Community Banks in the U.S.?
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
What small banks need to do to evade extinction.
First Tennessee Upgrades Mobile Banking App
News  |  2/7/2011  | 
Next generation to include bill payment via iPhone.
Mark to Market for Lending Dies -- Good News or Not?
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Although a mark-to-market rule for bank loans is off the table, loan troubles persist.
BofA, Chase and KeyBank Receive Online Banking Awards
News  |  2/7/2011  | 
Corporate Insight evaluated 16 financial services websites for ease of use and navigation.
U.K. Study Shows Net Sentiment Affected by Taxpayer Bailouts, Customer Care
News  |  2/4/2011  | 
Among the U.K.'s largest banks, those that received government bailouts also received the most negative customer comments across the social web, while customer service was the most talked about subject.
Transforming for Growth in Financial Services
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
Creating a platform that enables growth requires banks to embark on transformation programs to make infrastructure and applications capable of supporting a dynamic business agenda.
CFPB Meets YouTube
News  |  2/4/2011  | 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new website courts consumers with friendly video messages.
Google's Tablet-Centric New Android OS Brings Encryption to Enterprise IT, But Will Companies Adopt Honeycomb over Apple iOS?
News  |  2/3/2011  | 
Android tablets will have more security options for enterprise IT.
Banks Have Yet to Create the Killer App for Mobile Banking
News  |  2/3/2011  | 
Although 10 million U.S. adults use mobile banking, that doesn't mean they like it, says Forrester senior analyst Emmett Higdon.
Payments Provider mFoundry Launches Standalone RDC Solution
News  |  2/2/2011  | 
Mobile payments provider mFoundry Tuesday announced a new standalone mobile deposit solution that it says could provide a path for more banks to begin offering mobile remote deposit capture to customers.
Comerica Bank Appoints New CIO, as well as EVP/National Retail Bank Director
News  |  2/2/2011  | 
Comerica Bank appoints Paul Obermeyer EVP and CIO, and Dana Drago EVP, National Retail Bank Director.
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