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PBCOM-Exist enriches years-long partnership; Bringing more banking tech upgrades

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PBCOM’s Chief Operating Officer, John Howard Medina, had this to say:

“The team at EXIST has brought us several technology innovations over the last few years and we look forward to continuing to push the digital envelope with them.”

Philippine Bank of Communications has strengthened its partnership with Exist Software Labs, Inc. who has been a key technology consultant and implementation ally.  By this, alliance allows both parties to continue to co-develop the innovations needed for the bank’s digital channels.

This partnership began in 2016 with the creation of the omni-channel PBCOM Online Platform (POP) and in 2019 the PBCOMobile self-service banking app.

Exist’s VP for Engineering shared his excitement on flourishing the said partnership.

“The partnership between PBCOM and Exist is doing great. It is built on mutual trust and a common commitment to ensuring success to PBCOM’s digital roadmap. As a technology partner, we continuously aim to work closely with PBCOM to ensure that the most appropriate and practical technology options will always be available for PBCOM’s digital strategy.”

Here is the timeline that marks the milestones that Exist and PBCOM achieved throughout the years:

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PBCOM tapped Exist to develop POP

In 2016, PBCOM decided to relaunch its electronic channels after years of remaining dormant despite introducing online banking as early as 2003. PBCom Online platform (POP) is a retail omnichannel digital banking service.

POP was launched to the public

POP is an omnichannel banking application that allows its users to perform secure banking transactions like the following:

• Viewing account balances
• Monitoring transaction history
• Downloading bank statements
• Transferring money
• Paying bills
• Sending money to third-party bank accounts

Internet and mobile versions of the app have the same look and feel, making it easier to understand and use.

It is within this year also that PBCOM subscribed to Exist Maintenance Service for POP. This agreement between the two is annually renewed.

Exist developed the OTP platform for POP

This was added to let POP have multi-factor authentication to improve its security and avoid unauthorized access. Exist also had several Change Orders with PBCOM in 2018 for the constant improvement of POP.

PBCOM and Exist are under a contract valid until 2025

Again, PBCOM subscribed to the Maintenance Service for PBCOMobile. Exist ceaselessly ensures that PBCOM’s applications are performing efficiently and error-free. Currently, the two’s contract has a 5-year lock-up, which actively demonstrates that they will work hand-in-hand for PBCOM’s applications and online technologies until 2025.

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In a world that keeps closing in to even more modernized digital banking models, global initiatives that are being put into place to slash the reliance on physical touchpoints only make perfect sense.

Not only that private sectors are immensely investing in going online, but there has also been some legal support for the modern banking cause.

In the Philippines alone, House Representative Joey Salceda of the 2nd district of Albay has been working on the Virtual Banking Act’s legislation. One of the aims of this act is to increase foreign participation. Simultaneously, it intends on learning more about financial technology from global resources.

Additionally, the Central Bank issued a regulation last July. It proposes to make digital banks a new classification distinct from universal, commercial, thrift, rural, cooperative, and Islamic banks.

Modernizing personal banking and fintech opportunities are also eminent as the tech-savvy, young populace is dominating the workforce. This age group is also currently considered as the biggest earners. Doubtlessly, they would desire nothing less than convenient and easy ways to accomplish day-to-day tasks, say, managing their finances.

Government, private sectors, and the plurality of population – when these three vital stakeholders are walking the same path, progress is always in sight.

Such strongly signals that digital banks, and even neo-banking, are becoming more and more accepted in the country each passing day.

Neo-banking is a term for modern-day digital banking that mainly capitalizes on the rampancy of the internet. Its operations and offerings are heavily online-based. Most of the time, neo-banks do not have physical branches.

With the increasing support for this concept, the country can expect a huge wave of new players in the industry. This poses a further threat to traditional banks that are still taking much time in improving their digital playing cards. Therefore, traditional banks investing in solutions that can take these threats head-on should become more mainstream.

However, every investment comes with risks for both enterprises and the target users. From these risks sprout doubt. With this at hand, how should banking and fintech providers mitigate the half-hearts of the market? At the same time, how will they ensure that the technologies they will be offering are what the market needs, wants, and deserves?

If we are to aggregate all the floating idealisms on addressing this, we will boil down to few specific models that will fit the bill in the face of growing and changing market demands and needs.

As banking solutions developers, we believe that digital banking technologies should lay their building blocks on human-centric, cloud-ready, and threat-elusive models. Here is why:

People-centric Model

Adding value to a person’s day-to-day life through technology is the ultimate goal of any digital transformation efforts. It is the ultimate goal that enterprises should aspire to achieve.

Such entails that the human factor should be the utmost consideration in forging ahead. That does not only include the customer-end but as well as the employees. Is the solution fit for their needs? Will the solution require fewer efforts from them, thus making their tasks smoother to accomplish? Will it give them the relief that they did not know they needed?

Cloud-Ready Model

Modern times and younger markets call for an up-to-date approach. Implementing cloud technology into the banking arena improves data generation and processing.

Cloud-ready solutions are also known to be more scalable and flexible, allowing developers to add software improvements effortlessly.

The Central Bank is in full support of deploying banking processes in the cloud even before the pandemic. Nevertheless, the health crisis still boosted the normalization of the cloud-ready model and is now being utilized by several banks in the country. Still, the use of cloud computing in banking is yet to be fully explored.

Threat-Elusive Model

One of the most critical decision breakers for prospect users is whether banking online is secure or not. Security threats over the internet are pretty rampant, so where they are coming from is understandable.

Howbeit, there are tools and ways to address these concerns, assuring the users that performing their banking matters online can be a safe option.

Adapting these models is not impossible anymore. One merely needs the right direction and resources for it to take shape. Better the soonest, as the first to market always has an advantage.

But we will cut you short this time. Stay tuned to our next blogs as we are about to explore each model more rigorously.

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