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Publication date: 03 May 2023

4 out of 5 Banks in Asia/Pacific* Will Increase Technology Budget with Security and Data Transformation as Key Investment Areas, IDC Finds


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The banking industry in Asia/Pacific* signals entering an era of maturity in its product capability and new interests towards committing towards ESG initiatives for 2023

SINGAPORE, May 04, 2023 - According to a recent IDC survey, Role of Technology in the Banking Industry, 83.2% of banks in Asia/Pacific* will increase their technology budgets in 2023, with 14.8% signaling they will increase their budgets by 20% or more. The IDC survey also revealed that security and data transformation will be the key focuses of technology investments in 2023, with 80.4% of banks planning to increase their budgets in security/identity and access management , followed by big data & analytics (68.4%) and artificial intelligence(AI)/machine learning solutions (64.6%).

These priorities reflect an urgency for banks to address the rapidly escalating landscape now driven by institutionalized threat actors with AI-enhanced tools to combat security risks. Increasing investments into data transformation suites also reflects the new value of banking data as a significant commodity and driver of new revenue, where establishing new analytic frameworks and methodologies can offer banks immense advantages over their competitors.

IDC’s key findings from the survey include:

  • The largest pain point for banks when navigating digital transformation is in maintaining stability and minimizing downtime (47.8%), followed by managing operational risks of migration (43.7%).
  • In the next 24 months, APeJ banks are prioritizing the enablement of third-party integration (50.0%) and innovating corporate banking products via API (48.1%).
  • In the next five years, 70.6% of banks believe that their ESG strategies will positively impact their profits.

“The banking industry is always situated at the forefront of constant innovation, amidst challenges posed by global economic uncertainties, emerging competitors, and ever-changing customer demand”, said Adam Kamarul, Market Analyst at IDC Financial Insights. “The priorities set by the banks in 2023 serve both as a guidance on where banking is headed next, and a signal for the types of technology innovations that will take place.”

The IDC survey, IDC Banking Survey Asia/Pacific 2023: Role of Technology in the Banking Industry — Sentiments, Priorities, and Considerations on Technology Investments (Doc #AP50378923), polled 316 banking decision-makers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand. The survey explores the banking industry’s considerations and priorities for technology investments, product developments, and ESG strategies. It also explores sentiment across key technology adoption, which tracks the “buy/build/partner” considerations when sourcing for technologies.

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*Asia/Pacific excluding Japan


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