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Support of Big Data Analytics in providing Transformative Banking Experiences



Though the digital revolution came into light during the late 50s, its impact on our daily lives became more evident in the last decade or so. The main reason behind this is the extensive implementation of mobile devices and easier access to the Internet. This implementation has made the path clear for connected devices.

Nowadays, people use many devices on a daily basis and effortlessly change between them while doing different activities. With the above and several other factors like decreased attention span due to information overexposure and accessibility to multiple options to choose any product or service has given rise to a situation where effectively engaging and retaining a customer has become completely vital in making or breaking a business.

So How Would One Do The Right Decisions To Improve His Business?

The term ‘big data’ was first started by Roger Mougalas from O’Reilly Media back in 2005. It indicated to large sets of data which are virtually unfeasible to handle using conventional business intelligence technology. Today, it is supposed that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are being produced every day and this number will increase more with continuously developing technologies and faster computing speeds.

In 2011 McKinsey published a report titled “Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity” and the title alone specifies that data is definitely the new one. Countries from all over the world and companies of different sizes are vigorously using big data projects because all this data is capable to improve business operations.

It has been seen that big data analytics is attaining a lot of significance currently. Its amalgamation with businesses helps in adding importance at every probable stage of a sales/user journey because of the 360-degree insights which are able to derive from all the channels (mobile, web, physical locations, social media, etc.) and devices involved. These insights can be utilized to pull, remodel, or even bring innovative proposals that will recover and optimize business models, products, and services.

Big Data In Banking And Finance

Big data can be the key driver for improvement in the banking and finance sector and will assist banks to advance their performance. As per the most recent update (as of 2018) of the ‘Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide” from IDC, worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) solutions is likely to reach $260 billion in 2022 with a compound annual growth rate of 11.9% over the 2017-2022 forecast period.

The banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, professional services, and federal/central government industries are making the largest venture in big data and business analytics solutions all through the forecast. This inclination confirms that business initiatives driven by actionable insights granted from big data analytics will get success.

Another McKinsey report called “Analytics in banking: Time to realize the value” emphasizes that in some regions, around 65 percent of customers now interact with their banks via multiple digital channels. This often gives rise to overlapping interactions with a particular customer across multiple channels and formats.

Banks now apprehend that it has become essential to bring consistent, relevant, and eventually, delightful banking experiences flawlessly all through numerous channels to hold and maintain customers. In this sector, big data analytics plays a big role in approving the customer’s movements and beliefs in real-time and sending customized offerings at all stages of the user journey.

The Efficient Aspects of Big Data

The 3 defining aspects of big data or more readily known as the 3Vs – the volume of data, variety in the types of data being collected, and velocity in which data is being processed. For banks, this implies that they can control the findings from big data analysis to study spending patterns and spot main channels on which transactions are taking place to appropriately cross-sell products and services to customers which are fragmented based on different user qualities. These findings could also be used for risk appraisal, observance and reporting, customer feedback management, and granting or refusing a loan among others.

IBM says that the current retail and institutional banking customers are more authorized than ever before. Their improved handiness to information indicates that they can judge products in few seconds and make decisions immediately, and mobile apps have fostered this process.

Analytics for app practice is also actively serving banks decide which aspects of their apps are most attractive for users, which bring improvements and updates to address the findings. Today, banks can increase their performance and develop customer preservation by leaps and bounds with bringing personalized, real-time, and value generating offerings

Lloyds and Pindrop – An Example of Technology Progression

For example, Lloyds Banking Group has partnered with a U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) start-up ‘Pindrop’ to use its technology to identify fake phone calls in 2016. Pindrop is a technology which takes into account large amounts of data to know the difference between a legitimate and fraudulent call. It also helps to identify several features of a voice from a phone call such as location, background noise, number history, etc., that can help in creating an audio fingerprint which consequently can be used to emphasize unusual activity and recognize the probable scam.

Now, it is apparent that big data analytics’ role in banks and other businesses will get advanced more with the progression of technology. A large amount of data being analyzed has the possibility to finally change the way we live and carry out our lives. Furthermore, big data analytics will provide a new step in ensuring truly personalized and safe banking experiences and operations.


5G will pace up Industry 4.0 in the Middle East and Africa




The arrival of industry 4.0 is going to ignite an exceptional wave of innovation in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). This industry combines operational, information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems, facilitated by advanced wireless communication and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) services. This digital and wireless revolution will be powered by 5G networks, which have the probabilities to impel economic growth in the region like no previous generation of mobile technology.

For example, in the Middle East and Africa, the security, high speeds, low latency and a massive number of connections in 5G networks will prop up the smart city and agriculture alteration in many countries. Thus, new revenue streams will be come out from IoT and industrial applications, and speed up digitalization.

Agriculture 4.0 will mainly renovate both the demand side and the value chain/supply side of the food-scarcity equation, and take the help of technology to deal with the real needs of consumers.

The UAE already has started using the SCADA system, which unites current, real-time data from weather stations with data from soil moisture and salinity sensors. Besides this, IKEA, David Chang and the ruler of Dubai have spent $40 million in vertical farming. Similarly, other Arab countries are also giving stress to expand their agriculture highly, and performing experiments with various new technologies.

The Middle East and Africa region is also the world’s largest hub for mineral mining (diamond, phosphate, gold) and for oil and gas excavations. 5G is the best domain choice of IoT connectivity for these industries.

Use of 5G in the Middle East

In 2019, Ericsson will start the commercial use of 5G with operators in highly developed markets like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and this will get important traffic volumes by 2021. Ericsson was just selected by Batelco to install 5G commercially across Bahrain, and we announced 5G commercial launches with Etisalat, STC, and Ooredoo at Mobile World Congress 2019. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report MEA, all major service providers in the region are moving positively to launch 5G commercially. Several regional start-ups including Fetchr, Souq, Careem, and ReserveOut have been working successfully, and some others have had a strong impact on the market.

Increased network capacity, lower cost per gigabyte and new use case requirements are the main drivers for immediate 5G deployment. The bulk of the 5G subscriptions in the MEA are likely to come from highly developed ICT markets like Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar, but in Africa, significant momentum is taking the shape in South Africa.

The MEA region’s telecom market is considered by increasing uptake of LTE. The region will be the leader in the globe with an estimation of 9x mobile data traffic growth (1.8 to 17 EB/month from 2018 to 2024) and see a doubling of mobile broadband subscriptions (850 to 1,630 million from 2018 to 2024), according to Ericsson Mobility Report MEA.

The exponential role of troublesome technology in climate action

Besides recovering efficiency and reducing cost, digitalization and IoT have wide human inferences. Today, nobody can underestimate the advantages of IoT. It is helping us in getting smart homes, power grids, connected transport systems and many more; as a result, our personal lives becoming safer, healthier and greener.

Combination of ICT with a well-integrated corporate sustainability strategy can help undertake a variety of global challenges. When the digital sector is trying to reduce its own productions, representing just 1.4% of the global total, it is still in a distinctive position to persuade other sectors.

Social and technological innovations are already showing their dimensions. For example, shared and “on-demand” transportations of more energy-saving electric vehicles could lessen the global energy requirement for transport by more than 50% by 2050, with decreasing the number of vehicles on the road.

Similarly, adoption of circular-economy approaches has the possibilities to reduce global emissions from industry by 45% by 2050. Heavy industries like steel, aluminum, cement, and plastic production can reduce emissions by 50% in all over the world by using current technologies and efficiencies.

5G is the stamina which can craft it all work, not only in the Middle East and Africa but also all over the world, driving economic value from improved mobile broadband to digital industry to survive climate change. In sequence, that will need an environment of technology, regulation, security and industry partners to convey on the potential.

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FSS Launches ‘FSS Voice Commerce’: The Next Wave Of Friction-less Banking



FSS (Financial Software and Systems), a global payments technology company, has launched FSS Voice Commerce, a real-time voice banking platform that offers customers, meaningful, contextual and personalized banking interactions. Enabling banks to deepen customer engagement via conversation-led banking and deliver interactive service experiences to its customers, FSS Voice Commerce is set to take friction-less banking to the next level.

FSS Voice Commerce uses machine-learning language processing techniques for analysis and synthesis of language and speech to deliver personalized service experiences. Furthermore, with ML capabilities embedded into the solution, consumer patterns will begin to emerge and result in insight-led banking and personalized customer experiences. At the backend, FSS Voice Commerce interfaces with any retail banking system to provide real-time information of accounts and balances, thereby enabling delivery of a unified and seamless omni-channel banking experience.

FSS Voice Commerce supports an extensive set of 200 transactions, enabling seamless 24/7 secure access to a broad range of financial banking services such as fund transfers, bill payments, card controls and non-financial transactions such as service requests, like ordering for a cheque book, new credit / debit card and loan request.

Instances of use-cases include:

  • Drive Sales: Based on the recommendation engine and by transaction analysis, banks can craft a personalized offer to customers. E.g. special interest rates for fixed deposits, eligibility for personal loans etc.
  • Customer Support: Instead of customers reaching out to support centres of the banks to raise the services request, the customer can just log in to Alexa to raise the service request which will land on the bank CRM system to facilitate the customer request.
  • Lead Generation: Generate customer interest towards respective banking products/offers/cash backs through an advertisement.

All financial transactions initiated are completely secure. FSS Voice Commerce supports out-of-band multi-factor authentication including one-time passcodes and biometrics, to maintain the integrity of the transaction ecosystem and prevent fraud.

Speaking at the launch, Suresh Rajagopalan, President FSS, Retail Payments, said; “Voice is fast becoming a preferred medium of transaction among digitally connected customers and millennials. FSS Voice Commerce extends an all-encompassing personal assistant that can enable customers to conduct banking transactions as well as shop and make payments. The intersection of voice and commerce will provide banks a powerful new way to embed themselves deeper into their customers’ lives and deliver contextualized services experience tailored to their lifestyle.”

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India Needs Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence To Reduce Fake News



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Currently, when the social media giants struggle to control fake news prior to the Lok Sabha polls in India, an Indian-origin tech junkie is not happy with this and according to him, the nation needs better human-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions to fight the escalation of wrong information. Lyric Jain, a 22-year-old Cambridge and MIT graduate, says social media platforms and other stakeholders, including the government, may design solutions to fight fake news but there will be anomalies, as is with the case with any technology.

Jain told, “India needs to prepare better as the stakes are high. Facebook is taking the problem of fake news seriously but there are many other digital platforms that aren’t working towards that direction.” Depicted by Jain, Logically has been developed by a varied team of data scientists, coders, designers and journalists.

Addition of a layer of reliability to the Internet to battle wrong information, the Logically platform works as a real-time, user-friendly filter, guaranteeing users can quickly consume information that is fair, authentic, credible and trusted (FACT). “News isn’t just limited to media houses anymore. The idea is to create ‘responsible sharing’ among people,” said Jain. “Logically will analyze whether the information is fake or not, even if the information is being provided by a well-known journalist from a credible publication,” he added. When asked how the technology works, Jain replied: “It is a human-centric AI effort”.

Further Jain added – “We then combine these indicators and conclude whether the news is credible or not. Also, our human fact-checking team complies with the international fact-checking standards.”

Jain told that the fake news and political debate about Brexit and 2016 US Presidential elections compelled him to launch the platform.

According to Jain, during the approaching Indian General Elections, Logically will try its best to monitor the information flow with its deep learning algorithms and web graph of several websites from top publishers across the globe. The tracing of these websites leads to the identification of top quality sources of trending and quality news per category along with queries and articles.

Additionally, Jain asserted – “Logically will look for information that is misleading, distorting or interfering with the elections”

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