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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

Making a Difference with Data at Our Community Credit Union

Posted by Mark Portz on Oct 19, 2017 12:23:10 PM

In the recent BIGcast, Analytics as The Fuel for Innovation – Implementing Analytics at OCCU, Andrew Bertrand, Data Analyst at Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) in Shelton Washington, discusses his role as a data analyst, getting started with data analytics, and data pooling for predictive analytics.

Getting Started with Analytics at OCCU

In the podcast, Andrew explains that prior to installing OnApproach M360 Enterprise, OCCU, a credit union with $360 Million in Assets, had an ODBC connection to their core system. It was a hassle to obtain data, and it didn’t meet the growing needs of a data-driven organization. Andrew realized that he could not possibly perform any predictive analytics without obtaining the history of member transactions.

After briefly (and in Andrew’s words, “foolishly”) considering to build their own data warehouse, Andrew decided it would be an inefficient use of time and resources. As John Best describes, for a financial institution to build their own data warehouse from scratch, is like building a “house of cards” as it has to be rebuilt repeatedly as elements are added and improvements are made.

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Topics: Analytics, Case Study, Podcast, BIGcast

A Day in the Life of a Data Analytics SVP: Making Use of Your Credit Union’s Data

Posted by Mark Portz on Aug 24, 2017 11:17:42 AM

If you are a credit union still waiting on the data analytics sidelines, you’re already too late. Data analytics is not a fad – it is a major opportunity for credit unions to gain deeper insights and improve decision making to create a strong and competitive future. However, it is not always clear where credit unions should begin. To help answer these questions, John Best recently spoke with Clay Yearsley, SVP of Data Analytics at Texas Trust Credit Union about getting started on the analytics journey, the skills needed, and the value of data in the podcast, “Catching a Unicorn – Discussing Data Analytics with Clay Yearsley”.

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Topics: Data warehouse, Data Analytics, Leadership, Podcast, BIGcast

Credit Union Service Organizations and Platform Analytics with Paul Ablack

Posted by Mark Portz on Mar 27, 2017 12:02:00 PM

In the sixth and final Data Analytics Series BIGcast, That’s a Wrap, John Best speaks with Paul Ablack, OnApproach CEO, about key themes and trends we are experiencing in the credit union industry, and how credit unions can get started with data and analytics.

CUSOs for the Industry

Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSOs) are very unique organizations that credit unions can form to solve difficult problems where there is no market solution and it cannot be handled internally. Great recent examples of CUSOs are shared branches, card processing, and ATM networks. These innovations have been significant to the financial services industry, and would not have been possible without the collaboration enabled by credit union service organizations. Today, analytics is a major, but necessary obstacle for credit unions, and the vast majority of credit unions are not large enough to tackle the challenges of data optimization alone.

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Topics: CU Analytics Platform, Podcast, BIGcast

The Excel Curse and Automation Cure: 3 Reasons to Automate your Data

Posted by Mark Portz on Feb 21, 2017 12:05:00 PM

In the fifth Data Analytics Series BIGcast, Sorting Socks: A Data Automation Conversation with Graham Goble, John Best speaks with Graham Goble of BankBI about financial performance management, reporting, and business intelligence.

The Excel Curse

One primary point of discussion during the podcast is about the use of spreadsheets in comparison to data automation. “The Excel Curse” is certainly not unique to credit unions, but it is absolutely a problem across the industry that requires action. Excel is a powerful tool and serves a number of purposes very well, but advanced analytics for financial institutions is not one of them. Even for a spreadsheet guru, there a several fatal flaws in using such a software as a primary reporting tool in credit unions:

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Topics: Shared Applications, Data Analytics, BIGcast, Data Automation

Looking to the Future of Data Warehousing

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 30, 2017 11:01:00 AM

In the fourth Data Analytics Series BIGcast, From Questions to Answers: Becoming a Data-Driven Organization, John Best speaks with Brewster Knowlton of The Knowlton Group about data-driven decisions, data warehousing and successful data integrations.

The Six Characteristics of a Data-Driven Organization

According to Brewster, there are six characteristics to determine whether your organization is really data-driven:

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Topics: Data warehouse, Data-Driven, BIGcast

Descriptive, Prescriptive and Predictive Analytics, Oh My: The CECL Journey

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 23, 2017 11:06:49 AM

In the third Data Analytics Series BIGcast, The CECL Effect, John Best speaks with Dr. Joseph Breeden of Deep Future Analytics about CECL, data pooling, and predictive analytics.

The Impact of CECL

As Joe Breeden explains in the podcast, CECL stands for Current Expected Credit Loss, and is the new accounting standard for how financial institutions will set loss reserves. Typically, organizations under $10 Billion assets have utilized moving averages to calculate loss reserves, but this model is backward-looking and will not be acceptable for the new regulations. A moving average model will always set your loss reserves too low moving into a recession and too high moving out of the recession.

When discussing how to meet CECL requirements and create a forward-looking model, Breeden states, “There is a lot of flexibility on how you implement it, but there are two things that are pretty much unavoidable”:

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Topics: Data Pool, predictive analytics, Data Analytics, CECL, BIGcast

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