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Identifying New Sources Of Value

Part 2 of the State of the Financial Services Industry 2017

To stay competitive in their existing core businesses, financial service incumbents will need to invest in digital transformation much more deeply than they have previously in order to realize dramatic cost reductions.

However, retooling existing businesses for digital efficiency will not in itself create shareholder value. Competitive pressure will mean that most cost savings are ultimately passed on to customers. Digitizing incumbents’ existing businesses, if done well, will preserve shareholder value, but not increase it.

In Section 2 of our State of the Financial Services Industry 2017 report, we examine how financial services incumbents can develop new sustainable competitive advantages within ecosystems that are being reshaped by digital forces.  


The Three Archetypes

Source of sustainable advantage

Unique edge experience designed around customer needs empathy moments.

In the example ecosystem shown, DA Bank is acting as a demand aggregator, serving a home-buyer with a seamless combination of its own products with externally sourced home insurance.

Key capabilities

  • Behavioral science & customer research
  • Highly refined customer segmentation & profitability model based on "personas"
  • Data-driven marketing and experience metrics
  • Human-centered design discipline for unpacking customer edge experiences and end-to-end journeys
  • Solution design and assembly

Source of sustainable advantage

Partner ecosystem orchestration to address broadest range of needs or specific needs, by removing friction and setting standard(s).

In the example ecosystem shown, the Home Insurance Exchange is a platform provider, connecting insurers to home owners in need of insurance (indirectly in this case).

Key capabilities

  • Partner ecosystem development and management
  • Web-scale transaction processing
  • Integrated sales and marketing
  • Open API architecture/streamlined process for inbound integration
  • Data and transaction processing efficiency
  • Real-time partner reporting and data/analytics services

Source of sustainable advantage

"Plug and play" product manufacturing, easily "pluggable" to multiple demand aggregators, often powered by balance sheet.

In the example ecosystem shown, the Home Insurance Providers are component suppliers, providing best-in-class products to multiple demand outlets.

Key capabilities

  • Compliance with stringent regulatory and supervisory requirements
  • Business development for orchestrating and assembling complementary components, modeled on hi-tech model (e.g. Salesforce.com)
  • Product feature & pricing optimization
  • Plug and play product API architecture for outbound integration
  • Balance sheet forecasting and asset/liability optimization

The State of the Financial Services Industry 2017

Section 2: Identifying New Sources of Value

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