Business Models for Value Creation Are Evolving Quickly ... Burst Your Bubble of Belief
Thank you so much for your participation in the January session of Cutter’s Digital Transformation & Innovation Bootcamp. Coupled with Karim’s outstanding program and extraordinary ability to orchestrate the non-stop flow of new ideas, it’s the groups’ insights, questions, and debate that make the two days such a valuable experience for all.
For those of you who want additional reading, below please find a sample of content complementing the cases and materials provided across the two days.
I was so impressed with the way everyone applied Karim’s framework and teachings, and quickly generated new strategies and projects to prototype. This was rigorous digital transformation ideation in real-time. Kudos to all, and thank you, again!
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Today the global Internet, broadband telecommunications, and Moore’s Law make technology an ever less valid reason for falling short of information superiority and well-managed digital capital.
Traditional banks, big tech firms, and new fintech startup ventures are the three major players that together will help shape the new financial services landscape. Are they all going to compete? Not necessarily! We are already seeing the first forms of collaboration between these different players materialize.
The economic gains brought by digital payments are significant. Greater financial inclusion and less friction in commerce lead to increased spending on goods and services. This, in turn, creates a virtuous economic cycle whereby increased consumption translates into more jobs and higher income. Moody’s Analytics estimates that increasing electronic payments contributed an additional $296 billion to consumption between 2011 and 2015, or a 0.1% cumulative increase in global GDP during the period. They also created 2.6 million jobs on average each year. By harnessing payments innovation, Asia can further accelerate its economic growth.
Many observers believe that distributed ledger technology (DLT) will bring fundamental disruption to relationships in a borderless, modern economy that has become more decentralized and more connected than ever. A recent report from the World Economic Forum pointed to blockchain — one potential implementation of DLT — as a revolutionary decentralized trust system that will reshape the global economy. The UK government has been researching DLT for some time now, exploring how the government can use the technology to benefit the country and its citizens. The bank-backed R3 blockchain consortium has gathered key players from the financial markets to work together on blockchain adoption in the financial industry. The year 2016 will definitely be remembered as the moment when blockchain and DLT emerged into the mainstream.
Blockchain is most simply defined as “the first native digital medium for value, just as the Internet was the first native digital medium for information.” Blockchain has gained great attention, investment, and development because it addresses two of the riskiest aspects of life and business on the Internet: transactions and trust. We’ve long recognized the security, privacy, and trust issues that plague the Internet, and since the early 1980s technologists have been working on a solution. For transactions, intermediaries have made possible the trust and security needed to complete transactions and until now have been the best method for completing transactions with trust. However, as we know, security has unfortunately been a weak point, with data breaches leaving individuals’ personal and financial information vulnerable and putting trust at risk.
Digital transformation and technological innovation are reshaping the financial services sector. Today the sector is confronted with both large, established tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook and small fintech startups that are moving into the financial services space. From a sector perspective, it is clear that a lot of the innovations focus on disintermediating the incumbent organizations. There is a clear move toward more decentralization and peer-to-peer (P2P) collaboration. Blockchain technology enables value transfers through a decentralized, P2P consensus process. International money transfers are drastically improved using P2P operating models, new P2P insurance solutions are created, and both lending and capital raising now take place on P2P platforms.
We hope the articles in this issue of CBTJ will advance the state of the knowledge for all readers, regardless ofyour specific area of interest in fintech. Whether youwish to gain an overview of the emerging fintech themes, broaden your knowledge of blockchain technology, or understand the impact these technologies arehaving on the insurance and payments industries, there are learnings for you here as you continue on yourfintech journey.
AlphaGo is a major breakthrough in cognitive computing; it is a software application that can successfully play the hardest strategy game that people play and can beat human experts at it.