Latest articles from John Beck

Contactless technology has a future, but obstacles remain for the banking sector

Lack of standards hinders contactless payments

November 24, 2010

Undeterred by previous false starts, new waves of contactless payment initiatives are being unveiled. But getting the banks, retailers, software developers and customers all working in unison is proving difficult.

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How Skandia revamped its outsourcing model

November 24, 2010

When Swedish financial services giant Skandia implemented a new online business model, the group's CIO was left juggling an outsourcing contract designed with very different requirements in mind, while the IT department took on an increasingly important role in the firm's future. Writer John Beck

Top 10 funky apps

September 29, 2010

After a slow start, the proliferation of smart phones and Web 2.0 technology has prompted a deluge of consumer and business finance applications. The Banker profiles 10 of the best. Writer John Beck

Wells Fargo takes business banking to 2.0

September 29, 2010

Wells Fargo's head of wholesale services has presided over the bank's commercial banking portal since it was launched in 2000 and has been instrumental in launching a number of Web 2.0 and social networking-inspired features and tools. Writer John Beck

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Transaction banking: Version 2.0

September 29, 2010

Inspired by consumer technology, corporate clients are starting to demand web 2.0 features and tools from their transaction banking platforms, forcing banks to upgrade their systems to keep pace. Writer John Beck

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Has P2P's time finally come?

September 29, 2010

An influx of non-bank online payment providers offering customers new, easy-to-use ways to transfer money has spurred some banks into providing similar systems. However, there is some scepticism, particularly in the US, about just how much these new methods threaten traditional banking models.

Technology key to GTS future

September 29, 2010

Transaction services providers are increasingly looking to technology to give them the edge in a market dogged by regulations and rising costs. John Beck reports.

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China's banks face up to their technological challenge

August 30, 2010

Having emerged from the economic crisis in rude health, China's financial institutions are facing their biggest challenge yet as a rapidly changing banking landscape demands new technology solutions. Writer John Beck

The core banking system market is booming

July 28, 2010

The market for core banking systems is booming, spurred on by institutions looking to provide better services and products in an increasingly competitive environment. But methods of achieving these goals vary by region and institution. Writer John Beck

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