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Lawrence Freeborn

Research Manager

Lawrence Freeborn is research manager at IDC Financial Insights, where he covers the technological landscape of the European banking industry with a particular focus on technology and its impact, as well as emerging trends and technologies in the financial services sector. With nine years of industry experience, Freeborn is an experienced analyst in all areas of banking technology with specialization in core banking replacement and renovation, payment systems, branch automation, digitization and omni-channel strategies. 


Before joining IDC, Freeborn worked with IBS Intelligence, where he was deputy editor, responsible for writing features, thought pieces, and analysis on diverse topics in financial technology, and market reports and consultancy projects in the core banking industry. Freeborn also spent a year covering the infrastructure finance space, across telecoms, transport and municipal infrastructure.


  • Bachelor's degree in history from University College, London
  • He has been quoted in diverse publications including S&P Global, BusinessThink, Raconteur, Computer Weekly and IT Finanzmagazin, and he has presented at IDC events, bespoke client engagements and industry events such as Sibos.

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This IDC study presents the results of IDC's 2017 Digital Transformation in Worldwide Banking MaturityScape Benchmark Survey and should be viewed as a supplement to IDC MaturityScape: Digital Transformation in Banking 1.0 (IDC #US41117816, ...
IDC PlanScape: Implementing a Strategic Payment Hub

Dec 2017 - IDC PlanScape - Doc # EMEA43211617

by: Lawrence FreebornJames Wester

IDC Financial Insights characterizes a payment processing hub as a platform that processes all incoming and outgoing payment types at a bank. With this definition, each payment hub would be unique, depending on the types of payment a bank o...
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