The Decision Maker

Data “De-Identification”: The Stairway to Big Data Heaven

Posted by Peter Keers, PMP on Feb 13, 2018 12:03:00 PM

Credit union interest in Big Data is at an all-time high. The promise of predictive analytics and other Big Data opportunities will be a key part of helping the industry compete more effectively with traditional banks and fintech upstarts.

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Topics: Big Data, collaboration, Identity, Digital Identity, Encryption, Security

4 Challenges and the Opportunity for Credit Unions [Video]

Posted by Mark Portz on Feb 6, 2018 11:07:00 AM

In the webinar, "Fueling a Bright Future for Credit Union Analytics", Austin Wentzlaff, VP Business Development, OnApproach, presents the challenges and opportunities for credit unions regarding topics including data analytics, digital transformation, and collaboration. 

Credit unions are facing several unique challenges. As an industry, credit unions have fallen behind competing fintech startups and major retail banks. It is vital for financial institutions to understand the problems they are facing and how they are possible to overcome. In 2018, the credit union industry must work together to push past these challenges and remain relevant in the age of digital transformation.

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Topics: Data Integration, Data Pool, Video, collaboration, Data Lake, Data Ownership, Webinar

Bitcoin crosses $10k; Bezos’ Net Worth $100B – Why should we care?

Posted by Mark Portz and Austin Wentzlaff on Jan 9, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Please note: this article was started when Bitcoin crossed $10,000.Bitcoin is now at $18,000 (maybe even higher as you read this).

When thinking about Bitcoin and Amazon it might be easy for one to ignore the relevance to their own situation. What does a cryptocurrency and an online retailer have to do with me (or my institution)? The answer – everything. It isn’t about Bitcoin or Amazon per se, but rather what they stand for – The new digital world.

Digital Transformation is a term that is relatively new, but a term that is becoming increasingly more popular.  What it means, in short, and to be rather blunt, is that your old ways are broken and we need to reinvent using the new technologies available, namely the internet and mobile devices.

For many credit unions that have been very successful for many years, we are stuck in the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  However, unfortunately, this old adage is just that – Old.  In the new digital age that we live in today, we have to constantly think about reinvention and transformation – not just every 5 years but every month.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Innovation, Digital Transformation

Winning with Data: Top Analytics Use Cases for 2017

Posted by Brewster Knowlton (The Knowlton Group) on Jan 5, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Data is rising at an incredible pace, covering all aspects of a consumer’s life. In the past two years, more data has been created than in the entire previous history of the human race. (1)

2017 has certainly been the year that data and analytics has redefined the financial services industry. For those financial institutions leading the way in data analytics initiatives, a survey reported that 48% of organizations are achieving measurable results from their data analytics investments – the first time the survey has found a near majority since it began in 2012. (2)

As we look back on data analytics maturity in 2017, here are a few highlights of use cases shared by financial institutions that are experiencing real value—and a substantial return on investment from their analytics initiatives.

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Topics: Marketing, Best of, Case Study

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2017: Credit Union Big Data and Analytics – Part 2

Posted by Mark Portz on Dec 21, 2017 12:07:00 PM

As another exciting year in the credit union industry comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on everything we have learned throughout the year, and determine how to best prepare for success in 2018. It is an amazing time to be a part of the credit union movement as the entire financial services arena is changing before our eyes, and there is incredible potential for the movement with increasing collaborating and data analytics. As we look back on 2017, here are several of the industry’s favorite articles relating to credit union big data/analytics (and some other articles you may have missed) from OnApproach blog, The Decision Maker. This is Part 2 of 2 and features the top 5 articles you may have missed in 2017. Click here to see Part 1. Enjoy!

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Topics: Best of

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2017: Credit Union Big Data and Analytics – Part 1

Posted by Mark Portz on Dec 18, 2017 11:05:00 AM

As another exciting year in the credit union industry comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on everything we have learned throughout the year, and determine how to best prepare for success in 2018. It is an amazing time to be a part of the credit union movement as the entire financial services arena is changing before our eyes, and there is incredible potential for the movement with increasing collaborating and data analytics. As we look back on 2017, here are several of the industry’s favorite articles relating to credit union big data/analytics (and some other articles you may have missed) from OnApproach blog, The Decision Maker. This is part 1 or 2. To see Part 2, click here. Enjoy!

The Top 5 Favorites:

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Topics: Best of

Big Wins with Data at a Small Credit Union

Posted by Mark Portz on Dec 8, 2017 1:08:31 PM

In the recent BIGcast, Big Data and a Small Credit Union, John Best speaks with Bill Butler, CEO, Ohio Healthcare Federal Credit Union about analytics initiatives at a small credit union, analytics tools, and the value of data quality.

Ohio Healthcare is an $83 Million Asset federal credit union serving the Health Care Industry in Ohio. Despite the size, the credit union has impressive achievements in data analytics and proves all credit unions benefit from an effective data strategy.

Quality Data Simplified

As a part of the conversation, Bill Butler discusses the tools he uses for analytics, and how his credit union is able to achieve greater analytics than many credit unions with resources larger than theirs. As Bill Butler explains:

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Topics: Podcast, BIGcast

Why Digital Transformation is Vital for Credit Unions [Video]

Posted by Mark Portz on Nov 15, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Paul Ablack, CEO, OnApproach, joined Mike Lawson of CUbroadcast to discuss the state of the credit union industry, and why digital transformation is imperative. Credit unions have tremedous opportunities now with analytics and collaboration, but cannot afford to wait until banks and fintech disruptors get even further ahead in their analytics and member experience initiatives. As Paul states in the video, "If you don't start engaging with your members digitally, and giving them information that's very useful to them and helping them in their daily lives, you're not going to be able to compete, because there's lots of other people trying to think about that right now.... Now's the time to be really accelerating this strategy."

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Topics: Video, CUSO, collaboration, CUBroadcast, Digital Transformation

Don’t Miss the Boat - Why Credit Unions Need to Digitally Transform Now

Posted by Mark Portz on Nov 7, 2017 11:07:00 AM

The term “digital transformation” has been a very hot topic recently, creating new conversations and products across a wide range of industries. This chart below, via Google Trends, displays the worldwide popularity of the phrase “Digital Transformation” in web searches since 2004. As shown in the graph, after remaining stagnant for over a decade, the term’s popularity has exploded in just the last year or so, raising questions about what this means, and how it will impact your organization.

An accepted definition for digital transformation is, “the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and society”. The important part of this definition is to realize that digital transformation does not mean just building a website, a mobile app, or obtaining a data warehouse. It means using your digital technology to transform your business processes. It means shifting your company culture to take advantage of your digital data to make informed data-driven decision and stay ahead of the ever-changing expectations of your members or customers.

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Topics: collaboration, FinTech, Digital Transformation

Coming up for Credit Unions... Blockchain, Chatbots, AXFI and more with Paul Ablack on CUbroadcast [Video]

Posted by Mark Portz on Nov 2, 2017 11:10:00 AM

At the 2017 NWCUA MAXX event, Paul Ablack joined Mike Lawson of CUbroadcast to discuss Digital Transformation, predictive analytics, chatbots, the upcoming Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference, the increasing popularity of blockchain, and more. 

As a part of the conversation, Paul and Mike discuss member expectations and the interactions between credit unions and members. Members who shop at stores such as Zappos experience seamless and easy-to-use online shopping. These types of experiences alter the expectation for members when interacting with other organizations, such as their credit unions. In addition, credit unions have to learn how to connect with members throughout the entire decision making process. As Paul points out, credit unions need to position themselves to not just be in the business of loans or mortgages, but as an organization that is helping to make dreams come true. Rather than just being the last step in a process of getting a loan, credit unions could help with the decision making process, and truly be there for members before they've even decided whether they need a loan. 

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Topics: Video, predictive analytics, AXFI Conference, Blockchain, CUBroadcast, Digital Transformation

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