Are EMEA’s banks prepared for the new world of banking?


EMEA Digital Banking Maturity Survey 2018

Are EMEA’s banks prepared for the new world of banking?

Comprehensive digital maturity study of 248 financial institutions across 38 countries reveals significant gaps – and opportunities.

A mixture of changing consumer preferences, competition from FinTech start-ups, and regulations like the European Union’s revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) have been forcing banks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to develop their digital capabilities. But not all of them have taken it on board to the same degree. Yet if you ask the banks themselves, nearly each one would consider itself a leader when it comes to digital. So what is the reality?

Key findings of the EMEA Digital Banking Maturity Survey 2018:

  • Digital champions are those financial institutions which offer a wide range of functionalities relevant for customers and a compelling User Experience (UX).
  • EMEA markets can be broadly divided into 4 groups: digital champions, digital smart followers, digital adopters, and digital latecomers.
  • Environmental pressure from customer preferences (expectations regarding services) and competitive pressure (digital “arms race” ignited by banks which decide to leverage digital channels as key competitive advantage) is responsible for creating EMEA’s digital champions.
  • PSD2 and FinTechs will increase the market pressure, especially in those markets where customer expectations for digital services are already high and incumbents are unable to meet demand.
  • Tomorrow’s digital banking champions will be determined by financial institutions’ readiness to offer Open Banking and Beyond Banking services, transforming themselves from a digitized traditional bank into a platform hosting both proprietary and third-party services.
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