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Financial Technology Podcasts
Nov 1, 2022
Different ways digital wallets have changed Asia’s payments landscape
In the partnership with Asian Banking & Finance, Smartstream and AsiaPay talk about the different ways digital wallets have changed Asia’s payments landscape. Some of the key points discussed in this podcast: * Learn about the pros and cons of the increase use of digital wallets in consumer payments * Identify solutions for pain points of banks trying to engage customers preferences for contactless payments * Find out what role payment services firms play in the rising adoption of digital wallets
Aug 25, 2022
How digital banking is facing rapid changes in the ‘instant’ world. The rise of payment mediums across Asia continues to pull greater demand for ‘instant’ services.
Payment platforms such as AliPay and WeChat are gaining more users in Asia. As the region embraces technology faster than its counterparts, the demand for mobile payment solutions increases at a faster rate. But like all good things, there are actions that banks must take to keep up with the changing landscape in the industry. Asia Banking and Finance Magazine spoke with Roland Brandli, Strategic Product Manager for Digital Payments of SmartStream, to get the latest update on the banking payment landscape. Brandli said that the adoption of contactless payments, particularly for mobile apps, which has become the biggest change in recent years, made this possible. “The adoption of contactless payments is huge. Before, someone would go to an ATM, take money out of it, and you would buy 20 coffees with that cash. That was one transaction for a bank. Now, he pays 20 times with a contactless payment device, which means it's 20 transactions for the bank,” Brandli said. From this development, the banking industry today revolves around an ‘instant’ world—one where clients expect to have transactions completed faster with mobile solutions.
Jun 28, 2022
Optimising collateral management programmes
Financial institutions that still use legacy technology will continue to fall behind if they do nothing to upgrade their operations. The main focus for FIs should be reducing collateral management credit and operational risks via an end-to-end, automated solution. Some of the key points discussed in this podcast in partnership with ISDA and Asian Banking and Finance: * Find out how to reduce the cost of ownership with cloud technology * Figure out how best to utilise efficiencies through collateral optimisation and straight-through processing * Discuss the importance of adopting the latest collateral features through APIs, and machine learning
Jun 22, 2022
What the FinTech? Smart applications for AI and ML
In this episode of the What the Fintech? podcast, Jethro MacDonald, product manager, artificial intelligence and machine learning at SmartStream joins Fintech Futures. For the main discussion, MacDonald and FinTech Futures reporter Alex Pugh discuss the differing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within fintechs and banks, the ways in which SmartStream leverages AI and ML to improve transaction reporting, how the space will evolve in the future post-Covid and the role of partnerships in innovation. Listen to the full Podcast here...
Jun 7, 2022
AI Technology in Banking
In this podcast titled AI Technology in Banking, SmartStream has partnered with Asian Banking and Finance to talk about the findings of a whitepaper published by Smartstream: ‘Data rich, but information poor: Why is it critical for banks to employ AI-enabled technology?’ Data volumes have grown hugely in recent years. Rapid change is clearly needed if the industry is to unlock the riches of its data and turn what is currently a problem into an opportunity. AI has immense potential for the financial sector, particularly in servicing back-office operational processes. Vincent Kilcoyne, EVP Global Product Management, SmartStream, joined the podcast to talk about AI-enabled technology, SmartStream’s Innovation Lab, and how banks are currently adopting these AI-enabled solutions.
Mar 16, 2022
AI in Data Validation and Reconciliations - PART 2
The dual challenges of increased volumes and complexity mean event lifecycle validation tools need to evolve, to take advantage of AI and machine learning In Part 2 of this podcast, hosted by the Asian Banking and Finance, Vikram Gupta, ED and Head of Technology, Standard Chartered Bank is joined by Andreas Burner, Chief Innovation Officer and Robin Hasson, Senior Product Manager, SmartStream. Some of the key topics discussed: * Recent pilots conducted by Smartstream’s Innovation Lab to fast-track and prove high value AI business case * How financial institutions measure implementation success? * How long does it take to get AI technology in production and how reliable is the technology? * The adoption of AI and machine learning
Mar 16, 2022
AI in Data Validation and Reconciliations - PART 1
The dual challenges of increased volumes and complexity mean event lifecycle validation tools need to evolve, to take advantage of AI and machine learning In Part 1 of this podcast, hosted by the Asian Banking and Finance, Vikram Gupta, ED and Head of Technology, Standard Chartered Bank is joined by Andreas Burner, Chief Innovation Officer and Robin Hasson, Senior Product Manager, SmartStream. Some of the key topics discussed: * Traditional data and transaction controls, and checkpoints that are adopted by financial services firms, and what's driving this increased demand and dependency * The most significant efficiencies AI can deliver to business processes, and their costs and risks benefits * SmartStream Affinity, the latest solution with AI observational learning capabilities, which automatically learns how records correlate to one another and can mimic and learn from actions made by the user * Current market conditions driving changes in financial institutions' technology strategy: cloud, data sovereignty and data residency, operational efficiency and cost
Mar 16, 2022
AI in Data Validation and Reconciliations - PART 3
The dual challenges of increased volumes and complexity mean event lifecycle validation tools need to evolve, to take advantage of AI and machine learning In Part 3 of this podcast, hosted by the Asian Banking and Finance, Vikram Gupta, ED and Head of Technology, Standard Chartered Bank is joined by Andreas Burner, Chief Innovation Officer and Robin Hasson, Senior Product Manager, SmartStream. Some of the key topics discussed: * The use of AI and machine learning to replace manual operations * How predictions are made to establish confidence though a user interface * The biggest lessons learnt with the adoption of AI and machine learning in the data quality space
Jan 14, 2022
Banking in transition: Are banks ready for ISO20022?
Roland Brandli, strategic product manager at SmartStream, talks to The Banker’s Kimberley Long about if banks are ready to meet the ISO20022 deadline, and the importance proper data management.
Nov 4, 2021
FTF Award - Best new Post Trade Solution: TLM Aurora Trade Process Control
In this FTF Exchange Podcast, Roland Brandli, Strategic Product Manager for SmartStream Air and TLM Aurora at SmartStream, talks about his work at SmartStream including the TLM Aurora Trade Process Control offering, also known as TPC, which won the FTF award for the Best new Post Trade Solution.
Oct 28, 2021
Automation of Corporate Actions
Neil Sheppard, Global Head of Business Development, SmartStream and Adam Cottingham, Global Head of Asset Servicing, SmartStream, talk to FTF News about SmartStream's TLM Corporate Actions solution that won the FTF 2021 award for Best Corporate Actions Service Provider. In this Podcast they are discussing why automation of corporate actions is still an issue around the industry and how SmartStream can help to achieve 100% automation and systematic control fast and reliable.
Sep 1, 2021
Asian Banking and Finance: AI and machine learning spearheading rapid change in data validation & reconciliations
In this podcast titled AI and Machine Learning, SmartStream has partnered with Asian Banking and Finance to talk about how AI and Machine Learning is spearheading rapid change in data validation and reconciliations, as well as how these technologies deliver significant efficiencies into business processes, and how these translate to cost and risk benefits. SmartStream's Senior Product Manager Reconciliations, Robin Hasson and Chief Innovation Officer, Andy Burner, together with Standard Chartered Bank’s Executive Director and Head of Technology - Data Science, Automation, Data Analytics & AI/ML Vikram Gupta shared their insights on how financial institutions are now taking big strides in improving their operational efficiency and decision making in times of increased demand and dependency on the use of AI and Machine Learning.
Jul 21, 2021
Cloud and Managed Services Transformation
In this podcast titled Cloud and Managed Services Transformation, SmartStream and Amazon Web Services partnered with Asian Business and Finance to talk about managed services business in Asia, how banks adapt to the new way of working in terms of cloud adoption, and the key challenges surrounding the acceleration of cloud and managed services transformation. Peter Hainz, Global Head of Product Management - Cloud and Managed Services, SmartStream and Anna Green, Head of ISV and DNB - Apac and Japan, AWS, shared their thoughts on how financial institutions can utilise SmartStream’s SaaS services, how the acceleration of cloud and managed services contributed to a large proportion of IT spend in the market, as well as the factors hindering the adoption of cloud in the region.
Jun 11, 2021
Corporate Actions: Delivering operational control in the new normal
In this podcast entitled Corporate Actions: Delivering operational control in the new normal, SmartStream partnered with Asian Business and Finance to discuss key challenges when processing corporate actions, best practices for corporate actions exception management and workflow, and the challenges of newly enforced working patterns in processing corporate actions. Neil Sheppard, Global Head of Business Development TLM Corporate Actions for SmartStream and Alan Jones, Business Solutions Director APAC for SmartStream shared their insights about the changes they have seen in operations control both before and after the pandemic, as well as the best practices and trends in the coming years.
Sep 11, 2020
The Banker: Liquidity under pressure
Nadeem Shamim, the head of cash and liquidity at Smartstream, tells The Banker’s Kimberley Long how liquidity has come under strain during the pandemic, and what can be learned from the experience in future.
Aug 4, 2020
Riding Out the Pandemic & Learning from It
Adam Ulman of SmartStream took part in an FTF Exchange podcast that focuses on the challenges of optimal collateral management amid a pandemic. Adam Ulman, senior business analyst at SmartStream Technologies, says that his clients and the industry are riding out the current pandemic lockdown and learning a lot of lessons to brace themselves for a possible second wave. Ulman took part in an FTF Exchange podcast that focuses on the challenges of optimal collateral management amid a pandemic. The podcast covers: * The struggles firms have with fragmented or manual processes * How the squeeze on collateral impacts eligibility schedules * The new dynamic between SmartStream and its clients * And some of the permanent changes that may come from the lockdown and staffs working remotely.
Jul 23, 2020
WatersTechnology Asia Awards 2020 Winner's Interview: Radha Pillay, SmartStream Technologies
Victor Anderson chats to Radha Pillay, head of Asia-Pacific at SmartStream, about his firm's win in the best reconciliation platform category at this year's WatersTech Asia Awards. SmartStream won the best reconciliation platform at this year’s inaugural WatersTechnology Asia Awards. Victor Anderson chats to Radha Pillay about a number of issues, including: * How SmartStream maintains its position as one of the leaders in an increasingly competitive market * SmartStream’s clients’ reconciliations needs right now and whether they differ in the APAC region compared to the traditional financial strongholds of the West * The key features and functions SmartStream is planning to roll out in the foreseeable future to help its sell-side clients improve their reconciliations functions
May 15, 2020
SmartStream's Haytham Kaddoura on Lockdown, AI and Managed Services
Haytham Kaddoura, CEO of SmartStream Technologies, speaks to Victor Anderson about the unexpected benefits of being locked-down at his home in Dubai. In this 20-minute conversation, they discuss the following: * The industry’s initial response to SmartStream AIR, the firm’s first AI-driven product to emerge from its Innovation Lab in Vienna * The industry’s need for faster and more accurate cash and liquidity management tools and disciplines * The future of managed services, post Covid-19