Latest articles from Wendy Atkins

Mobiles begin calling shots on banking and payments

February 5, 2007

The use of mobile phones for banking and payments is growing worldwide, nowhere more so than in the rural areas of countries untouched by traditional banking channels. Stephen Timewell and Wendy Atkins report.

Shock absorption

February 5, 2007

Wendy Atkins in Bali reports on the expansion of Indonesia’s microcredit operations that have proved to be resilient depositories for the poor in times of economic crisis.

Playing cards right pays off

December 4, 2006

Wendy Atkins examines the latest weaponry to combat banking card fraudsters in the payments industry’s arsenal.

Making contactless

December 4, 2006

Contactless technology is capturing the imagination of the payments industry. Wendy Atkins reports from the Cartes card show.

Avoiding channel double trouble

October 2, 2006

Badly merged banks are often in danger of going off the rails when service channels continue to work independently. Can SOA keep them on track? Wendy Atkins investigates.

Remittance measures

July 3, 2006

A mobile global population means a constant stream of money transfers between countries. Initiatives are under way to ensure the process is simple, safe and affordable, as Wendy Atkins reports.

From formal to formidable

July 3, 2006

Post offices have progressed from merely serving the unbanked in developing countries to becoming serious contenders in the financial services stakes. Wendy Atkins reports.

In-flight maintenance

May 2, 2006

Updating a core system has been likened to fixing an aeroplane’s engine in mid-flight. Competition, regulation and the inflexibility of legacy systems are major obstacles, each of which require investment in time and infrastructure to overcome. Wendy Atkins explains.

Seamless experience

April 3, 2006

SOA cannot address every IT problem and is not necessarily the way forward for all banks but there are some powerful motivations for banks to adopt it, not least of which is the ability to develop a seamless experience for customers. Wendy Atkins reports.

Sudden philanthropy

February 6, 2006

Industry watchers are puzzled by MasterCard’s unusual 18% voting rights allocation to a charitable foundation. Wendy Atkins reports.

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