XaaS in Finance: The future banking success

by | Jul 27, 2023

Welcome to the dawn of a new era in the future banking industry, where Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) models, combined with cutting-edge banking solutions, are reshaping the landscape of financial services. 

XaaS models, enabled by cloud computing, allow for anything and everything to be delivered as services over the internet on pay-as-you-go basis. From infrastructure to software, or even business processes, the list has started to become endless. This transformative trend has been spurred by a confluence of factors – including global digitalization, advancements in retail technology, regulatory initiatives to foster competition, and shifts in market dynamics. 

As the financial world undergoes rapid changes, banks are confronted with fresh challenges and opportunities, requiring heightened agility and data-driven personalization to cater to the ever-evolving needs of their clientele. According to a recent report produced by Finextra Research in collaboration with FIS (July 2023), customer expectations have become increasingly discerning, with a strong emphasis on privacy, security, value, and convenience. Simultaneously, businesses have undergone profound operational overhauls, seeking financial services tailored precisely to their specific requirements.

In response to this dynamic landscape, banks are increasingly adopting as-a-service propositions, capitalizing on the flexibility and cost-effectiveness offered by cloud technology, a domain in which Strands excels. Leveraging Strands’ SaaS infrastructure enables financial institutions to pivot swiftly in response to market demands, opening doors to new revenue streams and growth avenues.

The Emergence of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)

The entry of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) has introduced a new dimension to the future banking sector, disrupting the traditional merchant acquiring business, particularly within the realm of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ISVs are offering insightful tools that empower SMEs to streamline their operations, thereby presenting both challenges and prospects for banks.

However, established banks possess a competitive advantage in the form of trust. These venerable institutions have earned the confidence of investors and depositors, resulting in amplified deposit growth. Whether established or not, banks need to adapt to the market as quickly, securely and strategically as possible. Taking advantage of the bank’s already consolidated trust, those who have taken a lead in the market should hop on the trend and furnish secure and resilient services leveraging on XaaS models. Strands’ cloud banking solutions meet all possible requirements, acting as a trusted partner for those banks who would like to meet all their objectives fastly and securely; resonating with customers who prioritize stability and reliability.

Playing the Trust Card: Balancing Risk and Innovation

While risk management and compliance measures may be perceived as potential deterrents to innovation, they, in fact, form the bedrock of a resilient financial ecosystem. Banks can enhance transaction security and safeguard customer data. Prioritizing ethical and inclusive practices deepens customer trust, bolstering their reputation as customer-centric service providers.

Monetizing Data Insights and Strategic Partnerships with Strands

Data insights have emerged as a pivotal asset, and banks possess an abundance of valuable information. Through adept employment of Strands’ data enrichment and AI capabilities together with Strands’ Engager (all included in SaaS platform), banks can offer personalized services, ranging from bespoke accounting solutions for businesses to tailored financial advice for individual customers. Strategic collaborations with Strands’ technology partners can facilitate embedded finance offerings, enabling banks to directly extend their services within digital platforms, creating a more seamless and customer-centric experience.

Embracing Agility and Differentiation with Strands

The future of banking hinges upon embracing agility and differentiation, both of which are made possible with Strands’ SaaS solutions. By adopting the SaaS paradigm, banks can tailor their services to meet the ever-evolving demands of customers. Striking a harmonious balance between risk management and innovation, bolstered by Strands’ state-of-the-art security features, is paramount in cultivating customer trust and loyalty.

In conclusion, the future presents a bright prospect for banks willing to embrace transformation with Strands’ suite of innovative products and capabilities. The XaaS revolution, combined with Strands’ expertise, opens a realm of possibilities, and together, we can forge a more interconnected and customer-centric banking experience. Welcome to the future of banking – welcome to Strands!

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