Microsoft Perspectives on Banking, Payments and Big Data in Financial Services

Thoughts, comments, news and reflections about payments and core banking from a subject matter expert from Microsoft’s Financial Services Team - Colin Kerr, Worldwide Industry Manager for Payments and Core Banking.

My new chapter in financial services

Fellow industry colleagues, partners, friends and readers. Just as the seasons change (an early...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 11/20/2014

Where's My Cash?

Much has been written about the changes in macro-economic conditions around the world and the health...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/08/2014

Putting the Lid on Cybercrime

One of our key themes at Sibos 2014 in Boston was the work that Microsoft does to fight cybercrime....

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/06/2014

Big Data in Japan....(and other countries)

Well - with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming 'Big In Japan' by...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 07/22/2014

Can the Financial Services Industry Take Their Data to the Bank?

Last week I had the chance to travel to New York City for an executive briefing on big data. In the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 06/16/2014

Big (Data) in Japan....(and other countries)

Well - with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming 'Big In Japan' by...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 05/20/2014

BIAN at Sibos: Real Standards For Banking Transformation!

Today I’d like to introduce you to another of our stand partners. As many of you will have...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/12/2013

Payments. Where Banks and Merchants Connect

As part of my commitment to share more new about Microsoft’s presence at Sibos, I’d like...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/09/2013

Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Business Banking? (aka, Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking - Part 2)...

So - not the most original title, but I did promise a follow-up to my recent blog post: "Can Big...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/03/2013

Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking?

With less than 3 weeks left to Sibos I am eagerly awaiting the start of the conference. One of my...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 08/26/2013

Sibos 2013 - Countdown to Dubai

Geographically and culturally it is difficult to imagine two more different locations between the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 08/16/2013

Payments is an Information Business

In my teens, I remember TV commercials for Yellow Pages in the UK. The publication would list local...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 03/12/2013

Mobile Payments & Digital Wallets - An Offer You Can't Refuse..

Over the past few years much of the innovation in payments has centered on the consumer experience...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 02/21/2013

Microsoft 4Afrika - and the Future of Cloud Financial Services in Africa

This week Microsoft announced its 4Afrika initiative. This is a new effort through which the company...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 02/07/2013

Above the Surface - Windows 8 at Sibos 2012

Looking back on Sibos this year, one of the most exciting aspects of the show for Microsoft was the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 12/07/2012

SEPA Compliance - The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Another key solution provider that Microsoft is proud to partner with at Sibos is Experian Payments,...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/29/2012

Banking Sustainability on the Eve of Sibos 2012

Kon nichi wa Osaka. After a missed connection on the way from Chicago, I finally checked into the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/27/2012

Payments Transformation Across Asia

Microsoft has many high profile technology solutions partners exhibiting at Sibos this year....

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/23/2012

Building the Bank of the Future – with Standards!

With Sibos fast approaching, it is about time I introduced you to another of our stand partners....

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/22/2012

Introducing Microsoft Capital Markets Blog

As a slight diversion from my normal blog topics, I'd like to take this opportunity to briefly...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/05/2012

Sibos 2012 - Looking Toward Osaka

With only about six weeks to go before the doors of Sibos 2012 open in Osaka, Japan - I thought I'd...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/13/2012

Core Banking on Microsoft Windows and SQL - Gaining Momentum...

Last week I had the privilege to attend and speak at the Temenos Community Forum in Barcelona. Over...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 05/30/2012

Introducing Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B)

More and more I hear our customers and partners around the world asking for a Microsoft view on how...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 05/15/2012

Real Time Risk Management at Sibos with Cloud Trading Technologies

With only a few days to go to Sibos Toronto, today I would like to introduce you to another of...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/15/2011

Streamlining Payments at Sibos 2011 with ProfitStars

As the countdown to Sibos Toronto continues, today I would like to introduce you to one of...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/14/2011

Countdown to Sibos 2011 Toronto

I hope those of you in the northern hemisphere enjoyed your summer and took time out to be with...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 08/26/2011

Mobile Payments and Corporate Social Responsibility

As the debate about digital wallets and mobile payment models rages in the US, many point to the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 06/07/2011

Abolishing Checks (Cheques)

Those of you who know me have heard that I am passionate about the game of hockey (the variety...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 04/22/2011

Mobile 'Banking' and BI - Enhancing Operational Productivity

Hardly a day goes by without some new innovation in mobile payments or mobile banking being...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 04/14/2011

The end of cash for payments? Not so fast!

Picking up on my recent threads about mobile payments as a form factor (NFC Payments - Build It and...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 03/18/2011

NFC Payments - Build It and They Will Come?

What is a Mobile Payment Anyway?A somewhat rhetorical question, but every day there are new...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 02/04/2011

Going Beyond 'Five Nines' Uptime on the Microsoft Platform

Payments processing has always demanded a high performance, and highly resiliant platfrom. This is...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 01/27/2011

India and the Race to Financial Inclusion

I just returned from my annual trip to visit partners and customers in India. In one year I could...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 12/15/2010

Global Adoption of ISO20022. Is it possible?

It is easy to think of ISO20022 as a Europe-only set of message definitions because of the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 11/15/2010

Innovation at Sibos: “Mobilization” of Transaction Workflows with Luup

There are two areas of corporate payments innovation that I expect to receive more attention at...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 10/12/2010

Stimulus for Road Construction? How about Payments!

Living in the Chicago area, I've spent my fair share of time in traffic congestion trying to get to...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/17/2010

High Performance Banking

This last month I talked to a few analysts about the market direction of core banking modernization,...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 09/03/2010

Payment Screening in the Cloud

This week RBS found the spotlight in an unenviable way when it was fined GBP 5.6M by the Financial...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 08/06/2010

SEPA: The Future is Integration Management

It’s not quite so fashionable to talk about SEPA these days. After all – aren’t we...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 07/26/2010

SWIFT, Cloud Data, and Sibos

Closing the Door on Data Privacy? After 3 some three years, the EU Parliament has approved the...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 07/09/2010

Prepaid Money Laundering?

In the United States, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was established in 1990 and...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 06/25/2010

An Intelligent View of Payments

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have some passion for integration technology when...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 06/03/2010

Recon Renaissance

This week I’ve been talking with a couple of our partners that offer reconciliations...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 05/14/2010

Same Day ACH – but is there a Place for Real Time?

In my recent posts you’ll have noticed a recurring theme of moving from batch to real-time...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 05/07/2010

From the Shadow of Eyjafjallajokull

Having blogged last week about the replacement of a custom mainframe banking solution with a vendor...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 04/19/2010

Back to the Future?

Last month Citi, typically known as an IT innovator in the financial services world, announced it is...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 04/09/2010

Jump Starting Payments Integration

The topic of payments system integration has in the past usually dwelled on topics such as real time...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 03/15/2010

How's That Core Banking Replacement Going?

Core banking system replacement is arguably one of the most challenging technology projects in...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 03/01/2010

Bridging the Atlantic

It is often said that the UK and the US are two nations separated by a common language. To take that...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 02/12/2010

Connecting Payments and Core Banking

Core banking and payments are often considered separate operational areas. Although I have been a...

Author: Colin Kerr Date: 01/22/2010

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