The Unsexy Side of Fintech

The Unsexy Side of Fintech

Fintech usually has a sexy connotation associated with it, so last week when I was in New York speaking at Bank Director’s FinXTech conference, I enjoyed the irony of being on a panel to discuss “The Unsexy Side of Fintech.” The conference primarily focused on discussing the impact of Fintech on the Financial Services industry, the current state of innovation, and what’s...

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What Does A Successful Salesforce Go Live Look Like?

What Does A Successful Salesforce Go Live Look Like?

After recently guiding a client through going live on Salesforce, I wanted to share a few tips in this third and final installation on my blog series for successful Salesforce adoption (click here for the first post and here for the second). I worked with my colleague, Matthew Savage, on capturing these bits of wisdom based on our recent work together for a financial company, as well as a...

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Leveraging the Power of CRM to Create Extended Loyalty for Your Bank

Leveraging the Power of CRM to Create Extended Loyalty for Your Bank

As of September 2016, there were 5,980 FDIC-Insured banks in the United States. While this number dropped from 6,270 FDIC-Insured banks in September of 2015, total assets actually increased from $15.8 trillion in 2015 to $16.7 trillion in 2016. Looking at this trend in the number of banks declining (whether they be commercial or retail) is enough for us to assume demand is increasing but...

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Artificial Intelligence In the Banking Industry

Artificial Intelligence In the Banking Industry

Over the past year I have become increasingly interested in artificial intelligence (AI), in part because I try to stay abreast of fintech and in part due to my curiosity of how the general public welcomes or shirks such a radical technology shift. While I have not yet adopted a Google Home device nor Amazon’s Alexa (these would terrify my dogs..it’s not for lack of want), I think it is safe...

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

A few months ago, I wrote about the journey of going through an SSAE16 audit.  I compared it to travelling with kids. After the trip, when you’re back in the daily routine, there is a point at which you start to sift through and organize your memories. Maybe you look fondly at your souvenirs. …

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Numbers don’t lie. Liars use numbers.

Numbers don’t lie. Liars use numbers.

Numbers don’t lie. Liars use numbers. I had a professor tell me this once and it has stuck with me ever since. At first glance, it means people intentionally use numbers to misinform other people. In my opinion, I think he was implying that people have a tendency to misuse numbers unintentionally.…

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Coffee & Change: A New Podcast

Coffee & Change: A New Podcast

Bill Kirst, our West Coast Organizational Change Management Lead in Seattle, has kicked off a new podcast series on the topic of change management. In the inaugural episode, “Tackling Change in 2017”, Bill interviews his colleague Shawna Saffle, a Manager in our Operations Excellence Practice on how we manage change in life, in work and in the world.…

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Backing Up To the Cloud From the Cloud

Backing Up To the Cloud From the Cloud

In our last post, “Managing Administrative Access to an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment,” we outlined ways to secure administrative workflows by using various Azure technologies. We’ll resume with part eight of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, covering considerations for backing up VMs in Azure and all the associated restrictions and caveats.…

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