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10 Aug 2016

IDC Report Details Innovation Risk for Asia/Pacific Financial Institutions

Micro, SME & Financial Inclusion Take Unexpected Lead in Successful IT Transformation

SINGAPORE, August 11th, 2016 - IDC Financial Insights recently released its 201 6 Innovator's Handbook to Transforming Financial Services, and highlights Micro, SME & Financial Inclusion, Process Optimization, and Big Data as the top three domains with the strongest performance in technological maturity and business outcomes.

This new report series provides decision-makers with a detailed benchmark of Asia/Pacific’s principal areas of technology and business innovation through scoring the outcomes of flagship IT-centric projects based on six parameters, namely the (1) use of technology, (2) response to market need, (3) effectiveness of implementation, (4) market uptake, (5) user impact and (6) business impact.

“Risk correlates with how much variation is observed in project outcomes. Channel Digitalization, Technology Service Delivery and Enterprise Transformation have been the riskiest domains to pursue in the last three years,” says Sui-Jon Ho, the Program Director for IDC’s Financial Insights Innovation Awards (FIIA).

“Yet, risk is not necessarily unfavorable. Strong ‘upside risk’, as observed in Micro, SME & Financial Inclusion, Process Optimization, and Big Data, is attributable to the presence of industry champions that significantly outperform an otherwise stagnant market,” Ho adds.

The Innovator’s Handbook is based on findings from over 300 flagship projects by financial institutions between 2014 and 2016, divided into nine IT Domains and/or Business Domains.

Evaluation of each case study is cross-examined by IDC’s internal domain experts alongside a team of external, veteran industry practitioners in order to create a holistic, standardized view of the regional market.

“Digital transformation continues to top the agendas of Asia’s financial institutions, yet the lack of precedents in the industry for these new areas of spending results in the ‘price of innovation’ remaining largely unknown,” Sui-Jon says.

“IDC’s syndicated research, in addition to the end-user visibility afforded by the FIIA program, allows our analysts to distill the myriad business cases for technology and identify fundamentals shared by the most successful of projects. In today’s technologically saturated market, such contextualized guidance cannot come sooner to support the region’s voracious appetite for innovation,” ends Ho.

To get more insights about the 2016 Innovators Handbook to Transforming Financial Services, please contact Sui-Jon Ho sjho@idc.com. For media inquiries, please contact Tessa Rago trago@idc.com or Alvin Afuang aafuang@idc.com.

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For more information, contact:

Sui-Jon Ho
sjho@idc.com
+603 7663 2145

Theresa Rago
trago@idc.com
+65 9159 3053

Alvin Afuang
aafuang@idc.com
+63917 7974596