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Why Credit Union Digital Transformation Can’t Work Without Credit Union Data Integration

Posted by CU 2.0 on Jan 17, 2019 11:01:00 AM

It’s no good to be a dinosaur in the financial sector. Not only are dinosaurs notoriously temperamental, but they can’t type. Oh, and they’re extinct. If branches don’t want to go the way of the dinosaur, then a little credit union digital transformation is their best hope.

(Hint: credit unions aren’t the only industry affected by digital transformation and the emerging primacy of data.)

While digital transformation is certainly the goal, it can’t just organically happen. Credit union digital transformation is a strategic process that incorporates several approaches, from digital engagement to data integration. In this blog, we’ll talk about the challenges of credit union data integration and collaborative analytics strategies.

Tying Together Data Sources

Typical credit unions have somewhere around six to eight data sources. Some have more. While having the data is certainly nice, it’s not much good to just sit on it.

Core and ancillary systems produce data at prodigious rates. These streams of data are all separate, too. Siloed data streams are great when you need to understand only the data produced by one source. However, individual sources of data have a nasty habit of not producing a clear, complete, actionable picture.

Making matters worse is that each system stores its data differently. If you want to perform data analysis on any of your credit union members, you have to check in on each system and pull different data sets from them.

This lack of robust credit union data integration hampers solid, actionable analytics. The first challenge for credit unions then is reconciling individual data streams into one single source of truth.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Data Integration, Digital

How is Digital Growth and Transformation Vital to my Credit Union?

Posted by CU 2.0 on Jan 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The traditional brick and mortar model has worked well for credit unions over the years. So long as they continue to deliver superior member experiences, that won’t change anytime soon. However, as more financial institutions offer mobile and online services, digital transformation will quickly grow in importance for your credit union.

Increasingly, the platforms on which credit unions engage and support their members are in the digital realm. While credit unions still offer phenomenal services in their brick and mortar branches, not all have the same level of digital sophistication typical of tech-savvy newer businesses. As younger generations begin their financial journey, poor technological performance will become an issue.

Who is the Competition?

Normally, credit unions have to deal with fairly predictable competition: big banks, community banks, other credit unions, and boxes hidden under mattresses. Credit unions have been able to distinguish themselves well in the field of financial institutions.

Currently however, entire generations feel comfortable bringing their phones or other mobile platforms with them to disrupt perfectly good dates, game nights, dinner parties, and so on. It’s not abnormal to see an entire group of young adults sharing a table at a bar while staring at their phones.

Businesses that have embraced technological growth by developing applications, online support, and mobile functionality have prospered: think Netflix, Amazon, and any pizza company that lets you order delivery with an app (that’s phone application, not appetizer, although personally, I want the option for both).

If Netflix is going to build a media production and streaming empire by beginning with mail-order DVD rentals, then credit union digital transformation can turn a small brick-and-mortar branch into a mobile-friendly powerhouse.

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Topics: FinTech, Disruption, Digital

Collaborating for Analytics and Shared Data Applications with Paul Ablack via CUbroadcast [VIDEO]

Posted by Mark Portz on Jun 29, 2018 2:16:00 PM

 

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Paul Ablack, CEO, OnApproach, had the chance to catch up with Mike Lawson of CUbroadcast last week at the NAFCU 51st Annual Conference & Solutions Expo. The conversation covers topics from evolution of A.I., digital transformation, a collaborative data lake for the credit union industry, platform analytics, data encryption, cyber security, peer benchmarking, and shared applications on the CU App Store community.  

As a part of the discussion, Paul Ablack explained the progress of the collaborative online analytics marketplace, the CU App Store. In the conversation, Paul explains that, "[OnApproach is] going to build a community around the CU App Store, where credit unions can come in, they can contribute content, and they can comment on the content. Let's say someone puts a really good marketing segmentation report [on the CU App Store], others can build on it, can make it better, they can comment, and place reviews.

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Topics: Video, Collaboration, Digital, Artificial Intelligence, CU App Store, Encryption, Security

5 Reasons You Need to Attend the 2018 Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference

Posted by Mark Portz on Apr 3, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Growing rapidly from only 28 attendees in 2014 to an expected attendance of well over 300 this year, the Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference consistently provides a unique forum for credit union collaboration and innovation. The 5th Annual AXFI Conference addresses not only the growing need to make analytics, innovation, and security top priorities for credit unions, but also provides tangible examples and hands-on workshops so credit union employees can walk away from the conference with a deeper understanding of how to move forward and achieve organizational goals. This conference is designed to be of interest to all levels of credit union management, C-Level, VPs, Managers and Technical Staff.

Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss the 2018 Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference:

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Topics: Data Analytics, AXFI Conference, FinTech, Innovation, Digital, Security

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, Digital, Encryption, Security

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

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, Digital

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

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, AXFI Conference, Blockchain, Digital

Taking Data Analysis at Credit Unions to Another Level with Collaborative Analytics [Video]

Posted by Mark Portz on Sep 28, 2017 1:47:41 PM

  

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Topics: Video, Collaboration, Insight Platform, Digital, Data Ownership