Latest edition in the survey series reveals trends and developments in the financial sector
More than 365 decision-makers from the banking sector took part in the Bank & Zukunft 2014 trend survey. In rating current challenges and developments, their responses reveal that banks are generally optimistic about the future. The biggest challenges remain the difficult interest rate situation and how to implement consistent, customer-oriented service.
Once a year as part of the “Bank & Zukunft” trend survey series, Fraunhofer IAO polls executives and decision-makers from the banking and financial sector. The aim of the survey is to canvass opinion about current developments and trends in the banking market.
Despite the present difficult market situation, the majority of banks in German-speaking countries are expecting business to head in a generally positive direction over the coming years. Nevertheless, the biggest challenge facing banks’ decision-makers is the prevailing preference of policymakers for keeping interest rates low. It remains to be seen just how long banks’ traditional business models for private customers can hold up before they start losing their grip on further key areas of revenue.
Rather than shying away from these challenges, banks are this year once again showing renewed dedication to customers and customer management. However, the survey’s findings reveal that although banks are indeed focusing on customer management, they still remain unwilling and unable to implement compelling customer-oriented service.
Customer focus extends no further than getting customers actively involved in both business processes and innovation management – an area in which banking still lags other sectors. In the “Bank & Zukunft” innovation forum’s new publication, Fraunhofer IAO highlights ways in which banks can change this situation while at the same time tapping new sources of revenue.
The study’s findings suggest that bankers are still failing to look beyond their own operations and market. As a result, many do not yet consider the growth in financial service start-ups as any real threat. Time will tell how long this point of view can be maintained.
This year’s trend survey also points out what measures are in the pipeline, as well as areas and levels of investment for over-the-counter business, direct sales and IT management.
Concluding the “Bank & Zukunft 2014” trend survey is look ahead to various developments relating to “Bank 2025.” For more detailed information on the survey and on the “Innovationsforum Bank & Zukunft” collaborative research project, visit www.bankundzukunft.de or get in touch with the contact person.
Business Performance Management
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone +49 711 970-2125
Juliane Segedi | Fraunhofer-Institut
Diagnoses: When Are Several Opinions Better Than One?
19.07.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung
High in calories and low in nutrients when adolescents share pictures of food online
07.04.2016 | University of Gothenburg
Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.
This new method was born of a surprising phenomenon: irradiating glass in a particular way with an ultrafast laser has the effect of making the glass up to a...
Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion
Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...
Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.
"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...
In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...
By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.
"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...
14.10.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
12.10.2016 | Event News
27.10.2016 | Materials Sciences
27.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy
27.10.2016 | Life Sciences