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Jan 08
2013

If It’s hot, it’s at the International Consumer Electronics Show

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

The world of electronics takes center stage in the desert today, the opening date for the 2013 CES in Las Vegas. Bucking the usual Vegas tag line, what happens there this week will definitely not stay there, but will affect almost every consumer and business, including the financial industry, in one way or another.

Dec 11
2012

Next-gen computing: Know me, follow me

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

Here is the future of computing: Solid state memory (no disk drives); neural interfaces that enable your thoughts to interact with the computer operating system (not keyboards); batteries that recharge by motion created as you walk through the airport or to the office; holographic displays (no monitor); smart communication cards that know your data plan, track your usage and find the cheapest route automatically (and encrypt your communications over public networks); GPS navigation systems that know your driving habits and automatically alert you to traffic issues and call you with alternatives.

Nov 28
2012

When Plan B doesn’t work!

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

Every disaster is quickly followed with news reports of things not working. Infrastructure being the first to be highlighted with power, transit systems, and cellular service all leading the list. Plan B, that is, your disaster recovery plan, does not always work. The New York Stock Exchange closed for two days during Hurricane Sandy due to a lack of confidence in its back-up plan. That is a huge "Blink" in my opinion.
Nov 13
2012

Innovation universe – The Consumer Electronics Show 2013

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

I have to admit that at this time of year, I start to get excited. Yes, I am excited about the holidays-just ask the wife and kids. I go nuts at Christmastime. But my anticipation is also beginning to build for the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013. I have my tickets, room, and I'm ready to go!

Nov 01
2012

Is Microsoft too late with 8? Are you?

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

On October 26, Microsoft began offering the new Windows 8 operating system for sale. Basically speaking, the system represents a fundamental shift from the Microsoft point of view on how we, as humans, interact with the MS world. Yes, Microsoft has entered the touch, drag and drop world in a big way!
Oct 23
2012

Is mobile banking truly mobile?

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

There has been a transition in acceptance pertaining to mobile banking, but is it mainstream? Mainstream implies ubiquitous acceptance. In addition, mobile banking apps, from a technology standpoint are standalone, meaning that mobile banking is a separate and independent product interfaced only with the core banking application using a real-time interface.
Oct 09
2012

Instant-issue debit cards: Good product. Good strategy?

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

Instant issue refers to the ability of a financial institution to provide a customer with an activated, useable debit card during their visit. These cards can be a debit card for a new account, a replacement card or an additional card on an existing account. The creation of the card can be an embossed temporary card that is preloaded on the system. A permanent and personalized card is produced and sent to the customer at a later date. With these card types, all that is needed is the preloaded card to be related to a particular account and then activation on the system.
Sep 25
2012

CRITICAL NEED: Banking schools with relevant technology curriculums

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

It is time that the banking industry and the graduate banking schools in the United States get serious about offering a relevant technology curriculum to their students.

Sep 11
2012

What you need to know about the new SSAE-16 standard for technology and banking

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

It is hard to keep up, particularly when it pertains to technology and the never-ending and changing scenario of compliance. What has caught me by surprise recently is how often I encounter financial institution executives and IT managers that are not aware of a very significant AICPA change last year regarding technology reviews.
Aug 14
2012

Take a walk through The Wombat Five

Posted by Dan Fisher in Beyond the Bank

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