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Guest blog: Navigating the future: A guide to choosing the right technology partner for your savings tech stack

John Tilzey, Sales Director at finova, outlines the challenge of integrating the right technology partner in an ever-evolving landscape of financial services, and provides guidance for those navigating that journey.
 

John Tilzey, finovaIn the ever-evolving landscape of financial services, building societies often find themselves at a crossroad, tasked with meeting the demands of an increasingly digital world whilst continuing to support their valuable branch-centric customers. As technology becomes an integral part of savings origination and servicing, choosing the right technology partner is a crucial decision that can shape the future success of your business. However, many businesses struggle knowing where to start when it comes to making that all-important choice of who to partner with for their savings technology.

Understanding your unique needs

Before embarking on the journey of selecting a technology partner, it's essential to thoroughly assess your building society's specific requirements. Consider factors such as how your customers wish to engage with you, the complexity of your savings products, the mix between customer acquisition and retention, and your growth objectives. A technology partner who understands the intricacies of your organisation will be better equipped to provide tailored solutions.

Proven industry expertise

Look for a technology partner with a track record of success in the financial services industry, particularly in savings technology. Experience matters, and a partner who understands the challenges and nuances of building societies can offer insights and solutions that go beyond generic offerings.

Operational efficiency

Operational efficiency is the cornerstone of sustainable growth and competitiveness. The right technology partner will empower you to streamline operations, reducing manual back-office processes and enhancing flexibility for both staff and customers. Real-time MI offers invaluable insights into the effectiveness of operational strategies and customer interactions, so it's crucial to select a partner capable of delivering actionable intelligence to facilitate agile responses to evolving market dynamics.

Integrations

For a smooth transition to new technology, it's key that your existing systems integrate seamlessly, ensuring continuity for your customer base. Your technology partner needs to be skilled in integrating their solutions across different platforms, ensuring minimal disruption to your operations and member services.

Innovation

The financial industry is no stranger to rapid technological advancements. Choose a partner who is committed to innovation and staying ahead of industry trends. This forward-thinking approach ensures that you remain competitive and prepared for future challenges.

Compliance and security

Compliance with regulatory standards is non-negotiable in the financial sector. Select a technology partner with a strong commitment to compliance and a robust security infrastructure. This safeguards you against potential risks and ensures the protection of sensitive member data.

A collaborative approach

Building a successful partnership extends beyond technology; it's about finding a collaborator who values open communication and aligns with your organisational goals. Seek a technology partner who actively engages with your organisation, understands your unique challenges, and works with you to achieve shared objectives. With a partner who is deeply invested in your organisation’s growth, you’ll gain invaluable support and guidance.

Member-centric solutions

The success of any building society lies in the satisfaction of its members. Look for a technology partner whose solutions are designed with a member-centric approach. Features that enhance member experience, such as user-friendly interfaces and mobile accessibility, should be integral to their offerings.

Final thoughts

The importance of selecting the right technology partner cannot be overstated. A partner that empowers you to streamline operations, adapt swiftly and prioritise member satisfaction will not only drive efficiency, but also lay the foundation for long-term growth and competitiveness. As you embark on this journey, remember that the right partner is not just a vendor, but a trusted ally in helping you confidently navigate the ever-evolving landscape of savings technology.

About finova
The UK mortgages and savings market is complex. Our vision is to be the most recommended technology partner and we do this by providing services and solutions that simplify, streamline and enable lenders and savings providers to meet the needs of their customers and partners. Find out more here.
 

The views, opinions and positions expressed within guest blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the BSA.

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