How banks can embrace open banking technology and get ahead of their competitors by using APIs, investing in embedded banking, and understanding their customer journey.
Open banking has already arrived in many countries and your bank needs to be prepared. Open banking is a banking practice that allows third-party financial service providers open access to consumer data and APIs. With access, third parties can develop additional, improved banking products and services in a shorter period of time. In a 2022 graduate study, researchers analyzed data from 168 countries and found that 49 have implemented open banking policies and 31 are currently in active discussions to do so. You can learn more about open banking and why it’s important for banks in our article here.
Over the last four years, the United Kingdom’s financial institutions have started to embrace open banking thanks to PSD2, but many still aren’t providing the digital experiences that commercial clients are coming to expect. At the end of 2021, over 26.6 million open banking payments had been made in the U.K. While some things may be easier to do, financial institutions still have a ways to go before they’re building the kinds of game-changing applications and services that open banking is supposed to enable.
A growing number of banks are realizing that open banking in itself will not bring in new customers. As a result, more are investing in upgrading their related technologies. At the same time, more financial institutions are looking for ways to use open banking with their commercial clients.
A 2018 Accenture survey published in close timing to the passing of Europe’s open banking legislation recognized opportunities in the emerging practice: more than 90% of U.K. and E.U. Banks considered that open banking for small businesses and large corporations was vital to their digital transformation. Since the start of the pandemic, 90% of small businesses have completed a digital sale, up from 65% in early 2020. That’s still the case today, with more organizations identifying commercial-related opportunities to tackle. For instance, the Federation of Small Business estimates that 30% of all payments to SMBs are late, which is something open banking could fix.
As this technology evolves and banks do more to attract business clients, a greater number of use cases, experiences, and platforms will be created. If your bank doesn’t get in front of open banking, someone else will.
Fortunately, financial institutions don’t have to break the bank or start from scratch with open banking, especially when it comes to creating APIs (application programming interfaces), a key technology that allows programs to speak to one another. With a fintech like FISPAN, financial institutions can easily create connections between their technologies and their customers’ accounting systems and enterprise resource planning platforms. Rather than a bank spending months creating its own APIs, FISPAN’s connector platform technology uses publicly available APIs to connect to a proprietary application or platform.
When it comes to building better experiences for customers, there are five things that banks must keep in mind.
It’s important to remember that the ability to share data or create better systems is only the first step – you also need to implement open banking across your business. Rather than create APIs, which can take months to do, work with FISPAN to make those connections for you.
Now that you have those key considerations, here’s two ways banks can prepare to succeed with open banking.
To learn more about FISPAN and how we can help your bank better serve your business clients, book a demo today.