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Fintech: Cloud, Infrastructure, Blockchain and more

Mindera is a leading, multi-national software engineering and development consulting company. Mindera specialise in insight and development, innovation and transformation, architecture and infrastructure; Mindera unlock their clients’ tech potential, expanding resource – and fintech is a specific area of expertise for them.

Mindera’s clients include Burberry, Selfridges, Waitrose, Yoox Net a Porter, Trainline, Vodafone and many more.

Bruno Sousa, Head of Fintech, Mindera:
“The financial services industry stands at a pivotal crossroads, underscored by an imperative to evolve and embrace digital transformation.

Historically, legacy systems have been the bedrock of banking operations. However, the past year has starkly highlighted their limitations, positioning these once-reliable systems as barriers to innovation and operational efficiency. The most pressing task now is for banks to overhaul their technological infrastructure. This modernisation entails transitioning from traditional, now outdated systems, to more agile, cloud-based platforms.

Such a move is not merely a technological upgrade; it’s a strategic shift that will enable banks to integrate seamlessly into a broader, more interconnected financial services ecosystem. The benefits are multifaceted, promising streamlined operations and the swift introduction of innovative, data-driven solutions — key ingredients in significantly elevating the customer experience.

Looking ahead, expect to see an accelerated adoption of cloud technologies and a deeper investment in digital ecosystems within the sector.

Banks are likely to intensify their focus on collaborations with fintech companies and other financial institutions. Such partnerships, leveraging complementary strengths, are poised to offer unified, seamless services to consumers.

Furthermore, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology is anticipated to become more pronounced. These advancements are not just technological feats; they are catalysts for efficiency and personalised financial services. The emphasis will increasingly be on agility and adaptability, enabling financial institutions to swiftly respond to evolving market demands and customer expectations.

AI’s rapid integration into finance is particularly noteworthy. By automating manual monitoring and research tasks — traditionally time-consuming and tedious — financial advisors can redirect their efforts towards more impactful, value-driven client interactions.

This shift not only enhances efficiency but also plays a crucial role in building and cementing trust-based client relationships, especially when advisors can back their recommendations with precise data and analytics. However, while AI offers tremendous opportunities, it’s not a panacea. Its current implementation requires advisors to meticulously vet AI-generated insights, ensuring they align with clients’ short, medium, and long-term objectives.

Moreover, the ethical dimension of AI cannot be overlooked. If AI models are not meticulously designed and trained, their outputs can be biased, leading to prejudiced decision-making. This, alongside other concerns such as safety, transparency, and accountability, presents significant challenges for the financial services sector.

In conclusion, as the financial services industry continues to navigate its digital transformation journey, the balance between embracing cutting-edge technologies and addressing their associated challenges will be critical. The path forward involves not only technological adoption but also a commitment to ethical practices, transparent operations, and maintaining the human touch in financial advisory. By striking this balance, the industry can harness the full potential of digital transformation while upholding trust and integrity.”