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Core to see steady but unspectacular growth

Market to top $10 billion worldwide within four years

Core to see steady but unspectacular growth

The estimated size of the global core banking market is $8.6 billion in 2013, and Celent predicts it will grow at a 4% rate over the next four years, reaching $10.1 billion in 2017.

In a new report, Celent details a market that remains vibrant, with healthy competition occurring in all geographies, intensified by some recent acquisitions. Based on vendor responses, follow-up conversations, internal calculations, and publicly available data, Celent estimates encompass more than 11,000 core implementations around the world.

In America, long pent-up demand for core replacement is coming to a point where a few large banks will take the plunge, and as successes proliferate, more banks will be emboldened to follow. Small United States banks will migrate slowly. Europe will see a continued drip of replacements, while the faster growing, less mature regions of the world will see a higher appetite for core replacement to meet the faster-changing needs of their particular geographies.

Although bank behavior is highly dependent on geography, Celent observes three common trends around the world:

Banks are increasingly willing to consider core replacements, whether big bang or phased (which depends on size).

Cost and customer demands for agility are key drivers motivating banks to finally make the switch.

Vendor products have matured enough that the trepidation banks have typically felt may no longer be warranted.

Despite these trends, bankers are by nature a rightfully cautious lot. Momentum for change is beginning to build, but we're not yet seeing a headlong rush toward core replacement.

"A growing number of banks are at the point where pressures on the business are sufficient to convince them that it's time to undertake a core replacement. It is, however, a small and steady stream-not a flood," says Dan Latimore, senior vice president of Celent's Banking Group and coauthor of the report.

"Geographical differences are particularly striking," adds Stephen Greer, analyst with Celent's Banking Group and coauthor of the report. "We're beginning to see many vendors starting to make inroads in new geographies as they build off the strength in their traditional markets."

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John Ginovsky

John Ginovsky is a contributing editor of ABA Banking Journal and editor of the publication’s TechTopics e-newsletter. For more than two decades he’s written about the commercial banking industry, specializing in its technological side and how it relates to the actual business of banking. In addition to his weekly blogs—"Making Sense of It All"—he contributes fresh, original stories to each TechTopics issue based on personal interviews or exclusive contributed pieces. He previously was senior editor for Community Banker magazine (which merged into ABA Banking Journal) and was managing editor and staff reporter for ABA’s Bankers News. Email him at jginovsky@sbpub.com.

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