Breaking Digital GridlockImproving Your Bank's Digital Future by Making Technology Changes Now
Strategic technology strategy for smaller financial institutions Breaking Digital Gridlock empowers credit unions and community banks to make the shift to digital—even without a seven-figure consulting budget. From leadership, to technology, to security, and more, this book provides effective, real-world strategies for taking the leap without tearing your organization apart. With an emphasis on maintaining the culture, services, and features you have carefully crafted for your customers over the years, these strategies allow you to make your organization more resistant to digital disruption by adopting key technologies at key points in their evolution. Expert advice grounded in practicality shows how FinTech partnerships and strategic technology acquisition can foster new growth with minimal disruption, and how project management can be restructured to most effectively implement any digital solution and how to implement and leverage analytics. Specific implementation advice coupled with expert approaches offer the ability to modernize in an efficient, organized, financially-sound manner. The companion website features a digital readiness assessment that helps clarify the breadth and scope of the change, and serves as a progress check every step of the way. Access to digital assets helps smooth the path to implementation, and a reader forum facilitates the exchange of ideas, experiences, and advice. Identify revolutionary versus evolutionary technology opportunities Empower employee innovation, and stop managing all risk out of good ideas Understand blockchain, machine learning, cloud computing, and other technologies Forge strategic partnerships that will drive growth and success amidst technological upheaval It is widely accepted that digital is the future of banking, but knowing is not the same as doing. If your organization has been riding the fence for too long amidst uncertainty and budget constraints, Breaking Digital Gridlock provides the solutions, strategies, and knowledge you need to begin moving forward.
JOHN BEST is a thought leader recognized throughout the FinTech arena, with a particular affinity for credit unions. John is the founder and CEO of the financial technology firm, Best Innovation Group (BIG), which focuses on industry-wide code sharing and API prototype development. He speaks regularly at industry events, hosts a weekly FinTech podcast, and facilitates a highly interactive financial technology forum.
Everybody knows that digital is the future of banking, so what's stopping your institution from taking the evolutionary leap into 21st century banking and giving your members and customers the kinds of e-offerings and services currently available from large commercial banks? While the answers to that question may vary—ranging from resistance to cultural change, misconceptions regarding the cost and complexity of upgrading to a modern digital system, and even reluctance among hidebound board members—the outcome is always the same: stagnation and a loss of competitiveness. Don't let your fear of the unknown allow your more forward-thinking competitors to leave you in the dust. You can make the transition to digital, and, as you'll discover within the pages of this book, it's easier, less expensive, and far less disruptive than you may think. Written by a uniquely qualified author who has spent the past several decades leading technology change at smaller banking institutions, Breaking Digital Gridlock empowers credit unions and community banks to make the shift to digital—without a seven-figure consulting budget. Combining expert insight and advice, with practical, real-world guidance on leadership, technology, security, and more, Breaking Digital Gridlock provides the solutions, strategies, and knowledge you need to move your institution into the digital future. You'll learn to: Identify revolutionary versus evolutionary technology opportunities Empower employee innovation and be more receptive to good ideas from employees Understand blockchain, machine learning, cloud computing, and other technologies Forge strategic partnerships that will drive growth and success amid technological upheaval The companion website supplies you with a digital readiness assessment that helps give you a clear picture of the scope of the change you need to make, along with a progress chart that guides you through every step of the process. It also provides access to digital assets that help facilitate implementation, as well as access to a reader forum where you can exchange ideas, experiences, and advice with your colleagues at institutions around the world. No matter the perceived obstacles to upgrading your organization's digital profile, it all adds up to the same thing: institutional gridlock. Don't get left idling in the slow lane. You owe it to your customers to break through the digital gridlock, and this book shows you how.
PRAISE FOR BREAKING DIGITAL GRIDLOCK "As a science fiction writer I am interested in all aspects of the future, including the future of business, finance, and money. This book is a manual for that future, and it's a fascinating and insightful read." —Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and noted futurist "John Best does a brilliant job of breaking down complex topics such as blockchain, AI and machine learning into the what, the why, and the how for non-technical executives. It's the new desk-top reference for our executive team." —John Janclaes, CEO, Partners Federal Credit Union, Author of Doing What Matters "In such a fast paced and complex world in technology, John does a great job of breaking down emerging digital technologies. A must-read for any executive looking to digest topics such as blockchain, machine learning, and the future of identity." —John Ainsworth, CEO, CULedger
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