ロボアドバイザー3.0の時代

Robo for blog 2014年12月に発行した弊社レポート「ロボアドバイザーをめぐるディスラプション」では、ロボアドバイザーのもたらす脅威に対し、伝統的なウェルスマネジメント会社がどう取り組んでいるのかを記載しました。 その後今日に至るまで、ロボアドバイザーの世界は大きな変化を遂げました。 ロボアドバイザーの黎明期(「ロボアドバイザー1.0」の時代)は、Charles SchwabやVanguardといった、多様なビジネスを手がけるアセットマネジメント会社の独自ロボアドバイザーの登場とともに終わりを告げ、「ロボアドバイザー2.0」の時代へと入りました。また最近では、より純粋なアセットマネジメント会社であるBlackRockやInvescoの参入も話題となったところです。 こういったアセットマネジメント会社の戦略的意図や将来性について、セレントは独自の分析を行い、先日発刊した最新レポートでその見解を示しました。本レポートでは、富裕層をターゲットとする証券会社など、伝統的な投資サービス提供企業への影響や示唆についても考察をし、さらには「ロボアドバイザー3.0」にも触れました。潤沢な資金を持つIT企業や、イノベーティブな心をもった既存金融機関による、より高機能で、より多くの投資家層に適用可能な「ロボアドバイザー3.0」の誕生に対し、アセットマネジメント会社の参入がどんな影響を及ぼすのかを分析しています。

Innovation and Legacy Modernization in Japan

As a regional unit, Celent Asia covers all of the industries under Celent’s purview: Banking, Insurance, and Securities & Investments. So it can be a bit of a challenge when we put on a Celent conference in Asia to find topics that resonate across all these verticals. Our recent (and sold out) Insight and Innovation Day in Tokyo hit the target by examining two interrelated themes of vital import to many financial firms today: strategies for innovation, and legacy renewal to support these strategies. The event was anchored by not one but two surveys Celent carried out this spring in Japan. A survey of 1,000+ Japanese consumers initiated by Celent’s CEO Craig Weber suggested that highly digital consumers are the best targets for innovative financial services. The challenge, as this survey revealed (and contrary to popular belief outside Japan), is that digitally savvy consumers are still just a tiny minority in Japan. This implies that financial institutions in Japan must not only innovate, but also educate and lead their customers into the digital financial future. The second survey, organized by Celent Senior Analyst Eiichiro Yanagawa, looked at legacy modernization trends at more than 60 banks, insurers and investment firms in Japan. Core system replacement is in full swing, with a majority of firms either planning or in the midst of their legacy transformation initiatives. Significantly, survey respondents indicated that the primary driver for replacing the core is to improve customer service and satisfaction. Which increasingly will require digital support for the customer experience. In a word, innovation. These surveys were modeled on the Celent reports Targeting Innovation: How Your Customers Might Respond and Tracking the Progress in Core Systems Replacement (Global Life and Global P&C editions). We’ll be publishing our analyses of the Japan surveys shortly. This is what our team does best and, I believe, uniquely: apply our global experience to the markets here in Asia to help firms deliver value.

Pushing beyond apps

It struck me while I was driving this morning: First-gen mobile apps are fine, but virtually everyone is missing high-volume opportunities to engage with their customers. Allow me to back up a step. I was stuck in traffic. Not surprisingly, that gave me some time to ponder my driving experience. I found myself thinking: Why can’t I give my car’s navigation system deep personalizations to help it think the way I do? And how do I get around its singular focus on getting from Point A to Point B? I explored the system while at a red light. It had jammed me onto yet another “Fastest Route,” disguised as a parking lot. My tweaks to the system didn’t seem to help. I decided what I’d really like is a Creativity slider so I could tell my nav how far out there to be in determining my route. Suburban side streets, public transportation, going north to eventually head south, and even well-connected parking lots are all nominally on the table when I’m at the helm. So why can’t I tell my nav to think like me? I’d also like a more personal, periodic verbal update on my likely arrival time, which over the course of my trip this morning went from 38 minutes to almost twice that due to traffic. The time element is important, of course. But maybe my nav system should sense when I’m agitated (a combination of wearables and telematics would be a strong indicator) and do something to keep me from going off the deep end. Jokes? Soothing music? Directions to highly-rated nearby bakeries? Words of serenity? More configurability is required, obviously, or some really clever automated customization. Then an even more radical thought struck. Why couldn’t my nav help me navigate not only my trip but my morning as well? “Mr. Weber, you will be in heavy traffic for the next 20 minutes. Shall I read through your unopened emails for you while you wait?” Or, “Your calendar indicates that you have an appointment before your anticipated arrival time. Shall I email the participants to let them know you’re running late?” Or (perhaps if I’m not that agitated), “While you have a few minutes would you like to check your bank balances, or talk to someone about your auto insurance renewal which is due in 10 days?” What I’m describing here is a level of engagement between me and my mobile devices which is difficult to foster, for both technical and psychological reasons. And it doesn’t work if a nav system is simply a nav system that doesn’t have contextual information about the user. But imagine the benefits if the navigation company, a financial institution, and other consumer-focused firms thought through the consumer experience more holistically. By sensibly injecting themselves into consumers’ daily routines—even when those routines are stressful—companies will have a powerful connection to their customers that will be almost impossible to dislodge. Firms like Google have started down this path, but financial institutions need to push their way into the conversation as well.

On the cusp: regional integration in Asia

It’s 2015, the mid-point of the decade and a good time to start looking at major trends in Asian financial services over the next five to ten years. One of the major themes will be regional integration, which is another way of saying the development of cross-border markets. There are at least two important threads here: the ongoing internationalization of China’s currency, and the development of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in Southeast Asia. RMB internalization is really about the loosening of China’s capital controls and its full-fledged integration into the world economy. And everyone seems to want a piece of this action, including near neighbors such as Singapore who are vying with Hong Kong to be the world’s financial gateway to China. The AEC is well on its way to becoming a reality in 2015, with far-reaching trade agreements designed to facilitate cross-border expansion of dozens of services industries, including financial sectors. While AEC is not grabbing global headlines the way China does, we see increasing interest in Southeast Asia among our FSI and technology vendor clients. From Celent’s point of view, both trends will open significant opportunities across financial services. In banking, common payments platforms and cross-border clearing. In capital markets, cross-border trading platforms for listed and even OTC products. In insurance, the continued development of regional markets. Financial institutions will be challenged to create new business models and technology strategies to extract the opportunities offered by regional integration. It’s the mid-point of the decade, and the beginning of something very big.

A Recap of Celent’s Recent Innovation Form on Innovation and Digital Strategies in Tokyo, Part 2: Panel Discussion

This is the second and final installment recapping the Celent Innovation Forum in Tokyo held on October 17.

 

In the panel discussion following the keynote address, titled “Digital Strategies in Financial Services: Challenges and the Future Landscape," three expert panelists from the financial and IT sectors enthusiastically shared their thoughts on innovation initiatives, their implementation, and the outlook for the future. Although focused on banking services and retail payment services, the impassioned discussion drew on their respective expertise in mobile banking, M-POS (mobile point of sale), and cloud services, reflecting their enthusiasm for innovation and progressive initiatives.

 

After providing a brief overview of their companies and business operations, discussion turned to topics including digital banking payment services as well as factors accelerating and hindering the adoption of digital services. Below are some of the many noteworthy panelist comments.

 

 

“The more innovative services are the more prone they are to trigger friction with existing values. Overcoming the resulting this conflict and unease is a very important element. Innovative services with a capacity to disrupt are to be offered after the communication and similar efforts necessary have been taken to resolve these.”

 

“There are limitless ideas and hints that can be found, but often the biggest obstacle to achievement is inside your own company or yourself. The key to success is how organizational leadership and individual passion can be sustained to achieve specific goals.”

 

“The position of banks gets increasingly challenging as diversification continues in the payments business. Banks need to take into consideration the entire ecosystem and consider group partnerships and synergies in light of their roles and strengths. The yardstick for making decisions should be whether taking an action will create added value for customers.”

 

“A company’s business domain is the key to success. The refrain ‘make commerce easy’ means enhancing the all-around efficiency of a customer's business by increasing the time spent discussing products and communication with customers—two factors traditionally at the core of doing business. Moreover, as new services are designed one after another, companies should ensure that they do not stray from their area of business.”

 

“Our company is a technology company and we design payment services rooted in innovative technology. The spread of advanced technology to all corners of the industry will make it possible to offer services to everyone. That is the vision of our company.”

 

“The keys to success will be the pursuit of convenience, security, and superior design. Toward that end, you need to look at things from the simplest perspective and build services from scratch. In financial services, people tend to think that if an approach differs from historical ways of doing things, then it is inherently dangerous. That is a mistake. Why assume that existing methods are safe?”

 

“Cloud services have the potential to dramatically impact the world—dramatic in the sense of fundamentally changing the people’s lives and making them wonder how they ever lived without them. We can learn about these possibilities from other industries.”

 

“Companies that move from the theoretical and the drawing board to implementation are the companies that will succeed. In that process, companies can confirm the core value and effectiveness of their business. In today's world, a company can't maintain competitiveness without technology driving the business.”

 

“The cloud is an avenue for initiatives to tackle current-day business challenges, such as tackling unforecasted surges in traffic and global expansion in addition to the initial core-value focus, in particular from the perspective of mitigating failure costs.”

 

“Apple Pay will be embraced as a payment service that has sought to provide added value. At the same time, it is fair to expect that it will also highlight differences between social and commercial practices internationally and in Japan.”

 

“The establishment and destruction of ecosystems are key. Apple is always undertaking new challenges. Disruptive innovation in the music industry has changed more than the structure of the industry—it has also fundamentally altered the lifestyles of consumers. What is going to happen when it comes to retail payments?”

 

 

Celent believes that the three panelists embody the spirit of what it means to be an innovator in that they do not rest on their laurels or grow complacent after success, instead looking ahead in pursuit of the next project, heightened improvements, or further growth. The panelists were visibly united in their passion for innovation. Moreover, the panelists’ shared enthusiasm for implementing innovation and leading their teams to innovate helped to shed light on the essence or the “DNA” of what it means to be an innovator. Innovation is people-driven evolution. The event proceedings all served to reinforce anew that skillfully harnessing digital technology and developing digital services innovation are people-driven endeavors and that the “expectations and ambitions” of people are of the utmost importance.

 

Finally, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in the event and particularly the panelists who took time to share their opinions and expertise. Celent hopes that this event was both educational and inspiring, and that it will prove a catalyst to further innovation.

 

The discussion in Tokyo was carried over to innovation roundtables in Singapore and Australia. Celent will continue to work with leaders in financial innovation in Japan and in Asia to discover and illuminate cutting-edge thinking in the industry.

 

A Recap of Celent’s Recent Innovation Form on Innovation and Digital Strategies in Tokyo, Part 1: Presentations

On October 17, Celent hosted the Celent Innovation Forum in Tokyo. We will be posting a two-part recap that covers the key points of the event.

 

Keynote Presentation 1

The core message of this address was that the current ecosystem is changing and market players need to respond. The business environment is fueling change against a backdrop in which external pressures and factors such as consumer experience and expectations, economic deterioration or improvement, regulation and drastic changes to the competitive environment amplify existing pressures—such as pressures to grow revenue and cut costs. As such, players in the banking and financial industries need to modify their business models through changes in channels and architecture as well as innovation.

 

At the event, Celent introduced relevant cases from around the world addressing the below three themes in the context of digital and omnichannel frameworks and banking technology—two themes that Celent has consistently advocated.

  1. Digital and omnichannel
  2. Innovation and emerging technology
  3. Legacy and ecosystem migration

 

After touching on the latest technology trends, including Apple Pay and Bitcoin, the presentation addressed the importance of innovation in the context of Celent’s conceptual framework of creative destruction.

 

Fig 1 Digital and Omnichannel Framework

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Source: Celent

 

 

Keynote Presentation 2

This presentation examined innovation initiatives in Japan’s financial services industry focusing on the below four retail payment areas.

  1. Traditional payment methods including cash, credit cards, and debit cards
  2. Second-generation payment methods such as electronic money and prepaid cards
  3. The most successful e-commerce payment services
  4. Omnichannel initiatives that cuts across the above three categories

 

What emerged as common to these four areas was that the key to success in innovation is the proliferation and use of digital technology, ecosystem creation, and the advancement of open innovation. In particular, the below five points were presented as areas that should we receive prompt attention.

  1. Card payment information multiview and control
  2. Value-added offerings that leverage card payment services
  3. Real-time transaction alerts
  4. Advisory services based on transaction data analytics
  5. Social media integration

 

Fig 2 Japan’s Financial Services Industry focusing on four Retail Payment Areas

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Source: Celent

 

セレント イノベーションフォーラム「デジタル金融サービスへの取り組み」を振り返って(その2)

セレントは、2月の「ラウンドテーブル:Making Innovation Happen」、6月の「イノベーション&インサイト・デー」に引き続き、10月17日、「イノベーションフォーラム」を開催した。

本稿は、本イベント報告の第2回である。

 

基調講演に続く「イノベーションパネルディスカッション」では、「デジタルバンキング/ペイメントサービスの課題と今後のあるべき姿」と題して、日本の金融・IT業界を代表する3人のパネリストと共に、イノベーションに関する取り組みと想い、その実践と今後の展望が議論された。バンキングとリテールペイメントを主たるサービスの舞台とするものの、モバイルバンク、M-POS、クラウドサービスと、立ち位置の異なる3人のパネリストのディスカッションは、先進的な取り組みとイノベーションに賭ける熱き情熱に溢れるものであった。

パネルの議論は、各社の事業概要の紹介に引き続き、デジタルバンキング・ペイメントサービスへの取り組みから、デジタルサービスを加速する要因と阻害する要因へと展開された。以下、発言者は特定せず、パネリストの印象的なコメントを、引用する。

 

「革新的なサービスであればあるほど、既存の価値との軋轢が生じる。そうしたコンフリクトや不安の解消が、とても重要な要素。そうしたコミュニケーションや努力の上に、破壊的威力を持ったサービスが提供される。」

「ヒントやアイディアは無限にあるが、その実現を妨げるのは、実は自社の中や自分自身の中にある。その実現に向けた組織のリーダーシップや個人のパッションをどう持続させるかが、成功の鍵。」

「多様化し進化するペイメントビジネスのなかで、銀行の立ち位置が難しい時代となった。エコシステム全体を見渡し、自社の役割と強み、グループ連携やシナジーの考慮が必要。顧客に対する付加価値が、尺度となるべき。」

「事業ドメインが大切。“Make commerce easy”とは、お客様のビジネスを全方位で効率化し、本来の商取引の根幹である、お客様との会話や商品についてのコミュニケーション時間を増やすこと。次々と開発される新サービスも、この事業ドメインから決してぶれない。」

「当社はテクノロジーカンパニーであり、テクノロジーを前提にペイメントサービスを設計している。高度なテクノロジーが隅々まで普及することで、全ての人々にサービスが提供可能となる。このことは、当社のビジョンである。」

「利便性と安全性とデザイン性の追求が鍵。そのためには、物事をシンプルに捉え、ゼロからサービスを設計すること。金融サービスでは、『これまでのやり方と違うから危険』と思われがち。これは間違い。何故、既存のやり方が安全と言えるのか。」

「そのテクノロジーに出会って、人生が変わったと思えるほど、クラウドサービスには大きなインパクトと可能性がある。そうした可能性を、もっと他産業から学ぶべき。」

「机上の空論よりも、まず実践を行った企業が勝ち残る。その中で、自社のコアバリューやビジネスの有効性を検証する。テクノロジーがビジネスをドライブする事なしに、今日の競争優位は保てない。」

「当初のコアバリューフォーカス、特に失敗コストの軽減などの観点に加え、予期しないトラフィックの増加対策、グローバル展開など、今日的なビジネス課題に直結した取り組みが、クラウドにはある。」

「Apple Payは、ペイメントサービスへの付加価値追求として、歓迎される。一方で、グローバルと日本の社会文脈や商慣習の違いもハイライトされるであろう。」

「エコシステムの構築と破壊が鍵。アップルは、常にこの挑戦を続けている。音楽産業におけるディスラプティブなイノベーションは、業界構造のみならず、消費者のライフスタイルそのものを変えた。リテールペイメントにおいてはどうか?」

 

セレントは、自社と自らの成功体験に慢心する間もなく、次の取り組みや改善に、新分野での成長を追求するパネリストの姿勢に「イノベーターのDNA」を見出した。何よりも「イノベーションが大好き」で、常に「イノベーションを実践」し、チームを「イノベーションに導く」ことが、今回の3人のイノベーターに共通であった。イノベーションは、「人が生み出す『進化』」である。デジタルテクノロジーを駆使するのも、デジタルサービスを展開するのも、皆、人の営みであり、「人の期待と意欲」が最も重要なポイントと認識を新たにした。

 

最後に、パネルディスカッションにご登壇下さったパネリストの皆様、また、様々な形で本イベントにご参加下さった日本の金融業界のプロフェッショナルの皆様に深く感謝申し上げたい。セレントは、今回もまた、本イベントがご参加の皆様にとって、次のイノベーションの触媒となることを強く祈念する。

イノベーションを巡る日本での議論は、この後、シンガポール、オーストラリアでのラウンドテーブルとカンファレンスに引き継がれた。日本で、アジアで、セレントはグローバルな金融イノベーションリーダーと共に、明日のソートリーダーシップを探り続けていく。

 

図 3 音楽産業における、ディスラプティブ・イノベーション

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出典:Henry Chesbrough, Open services innovation, セレント

セレント イノベーションフォーラム「デジタル金融サービスへの取り組み」を振り返って(その1)

セレントは、2月の「ラウンドテーブル:Making Innovation Happen」、6月の「イノベーション&インサイト・デー」に引き続き、10月17日、「イノベーションフォーラム」を開催した。

本稿では、本イベントの要諦を2回に分けて報告する。

 

 

基調講演①「世界のバンキングのイノベーション最新動向」

消費者の経験や期待、経済状況の悪化や好転、規制と競争環境の激変といった外圧が、既存の圧力(収益拡大、コスト削減)を増幅し、取り巻くエコシステムの変化を促している現況を背景に、「銀行業界、金融業界は、チャネルやアーキテクチャの変化、そしてイノベーションを通じて、ビジネスモデルを修正する必要がある」とのキー・メッセージを発信した。

セレントの提唱するデジタル&オムニチャネルのフレームワーク、バンキングテクノロジーを巡る3つのテーマ

①デジタル&オムニチャネル

②イノベーション&エマージングテクノロジー

③レガシー&エコシステムマイグレーション

に従って、グローバルな事例を紹介した。Apple Payやビットコインなど最新テクノロジーの動向にも触れた上で、セレントの考えるクリエイティブ・ディスラプション(創造的で、破壊的な影響力を持つ変革)の枠組みを用いたイノベーションの重要性を説いた。

 

図 1 デジタル / オムニチャネルのフレームワーク

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出典:セレント

 

 

基調講演②「日本の金融業界におけるデジタル&オムニチャネルバンキングの取り組み」 

日本の金融サービス業界がイノベーションに向けて現在どのような取り組みを行っているか、以下の4つの枠組みで俯瞰した。

① 現金、クレジットカード、デビットカードと言った、トラディショナルな決済手段

② 電子マネーとプリペイドカードに代表される、第二世代の決済手段

③ 隆盛を極める、電子商取引に付随した決済サービス

④ 以上3区分を横断するオムニチャネルサポート

その中で共通する事項として浮かびあがったのは、「デジタル技術の普及と活用、エコシステムの形成とオープンイノベーションの進展が、イノベーションの成功の鍵を握る」という点であった。

 

中でも、速やかに、躊躇なく取り組むべきポイントとして以下の5つを挙げた。

①カード決済情報のマルチビューとコントロール

②カード決済サービスを活用した付加価値提供

③リアルタイム取引アラート

④取引実績データのアナリティクスに基づくアドバイザリーサービス

⑤ソシャルメディアとのインテグレーション

 

図 2 日本のリテールペイメント市場における主要決済手段の区分

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出典:セレント

Innovation in the Japanese Financial Services Industry, Part 2: Panel Discussion

Celent hosted Innovation & Insight Day Tokyo on June 5. Following the event presentation titled "Digital Financial Services and New Innovation Initiatives," which focused on Celent's innovation survey results, a panel discussion was held.

This is the second in a two-part report providing an overview of event proceedings.

 

Five leading experts in Japan's financial industry joined the event as panelists. Celent would like to offer a heartfelt thank-you to these individuals for taking part despite the pressure and the presence of competition and many disclaimers. The panelists’ wealth of experience and sheer passion for innovation was palpable and the content thought provoking. Above all, the impassioned and experience-informed comments of panelists displayed the confidence of Japan's financial industry. Below are some of the more salient comments that demonstrate the spirit and mindset of innovators in Japan.

What motivates your firm to innovate?

  • "Responding to customer expectations."
  • "A backdrop of growing user needs and the proliferation of technology and the environment to meet these needs."
  • "Our objective is to remove all inconvenience from the customer experience."
  • "We aspire to offer financial services that achieve exactly what people feel they need and consumers think they want."
  • "Innovation is the lifeblood and fate of a corporation."

 

What drives innovation at your firm?

  • "Aligning innovation objectives and technology employed."
  • "Integrating technology and compliance is important."
  • "Amplifying the motivation and drive of each employee to take action."
  • "Reflecting the intentions of management."
  • “Resisting the temptation to seek short-term growth.”
  • "Supporting management philosophies that bet on uniqueness."

 

The threat and opportunity of disruptive innovation

During the proceedings there were questions and opinions from participants exchanged with the moderator:

  • "There is no special opportunity for innovation. It is important to reflect innovation in daily management. That is something that we have done since we started our business and something that we will continue to do. Innovation is simply naturally part of what we do.”
  • "We do not see disruptive innovation as a threat. Rather, for the development of the industry as a whole, the kind of shakeout such innovation entails is necessary. We will undergo challenges and survive—and look to take on more such challenges.”

 

Celent concluded the event with the below message.

Managers: Have faith and confidence in innovation

The importance of leadership and management responsibility in innovation is self-evident. At the same time, innovation is a mid-to-long-term journey—more a marathon, than a sprint. Failure is sometimes to be allowed. In addition, it is not uncommon to destroy a corporate culture that has been fostered over many years. An intense commitment to innovation on the part of management itself is required. Technological drivers continue to advance and case studies of successes only increase. Mangers: Be confident.

 

Distinguish between disruptive innovation and kaizen (improvement), and the need to tackle the former

The greatest factors hampering the progress of disruptive innovation are not to be found outside a company but within it. Especially within large corporations, where tendencies such as the below are seen; conversely, these tends to derail innovation. These tendencies include the following.

  • Compared with start-ups and small or medium enterprises, large firms boast a wealth of capital and business resources.
  • In particular, these resources include human resources and technology, which can be channeled to R&D.
  • These companies often have business operations that require 360-degree management and much competition
  • Such firms are often home to isolated “black sheep” employees that seek to innovate.

If you neglect innovation, cannibalization can be expected to take place not only in your core business areas but in new businesses as well. To keep innovators from being ostracized as black sheep, it is important to clearly distinguish between the accumulation of kaizen (improvement) on a daily basis in core operations and disruptive innovation, and, in particular, it is important to direct management and initiative toward the latter.

 

Initiatives and leadership that are not negative contribute to positive value standards

Of course, trusting in your management resources, in particular in your personnel and technology, and putting effort into your business battles over “invisible continents,” “immeasurable risk” and “non-consuming consumers” is important. However, in such challenges when results do not appear with time, then you should not underestimate the power of disruptive innovation. Furthermore, it is key “to always be positive.” Leadership and initiatives that acknowledge and embrace diversity and difference and that do not deny any possibility are needed.

 

Today no industry or industrial structure is immune to change and, like plate tectonics, the ground around us is always shifting. Digital technology is doing more than changing products, services, consumer experiences, and expectations; it is also radically changing value chains and business models.

Until now, Japan’s financial industry has developed by virtue of outstanding leadership and the agile introduction of technology. Celent would like to emphasize anew the importance of innovation to Japan’s financial industry, buttressed as it is by people and technology. The results of Celent’s recent innovation survey hinted at further reform to come in Japan’s financial industry. When it comes to innovation, now is an opportune time for commitments from top management and fresh initiatives from technology vendors.

Undertaking this innovation conference was a major challenge for Celent Tokyo. However, any undue anxiety completely vanished amidst the enthusiasm of survey and event participants. The Japanese financial industry is extremely positive and enthusiastic when it comes to innovation. Celent would like to express its deep gratitude to the professionals in the financial industry who took time to participate in this event in various capacities, and we hope that it will prove in some way useful to your continued success.

 

Fig. 2 Structures to Support Innovation: Financial Services Institution / Vendor Comparison

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Source: Celent Innovation Survey 2013/2014

Innovation in the Japanese Financial Services Industry, Part 1: Two Gaps

On June 5, nearly 120 individuals from Japan's financial sector and the financial technology sector gathered to participate in our Innovation & Insight Day Tokyo 2014. This is the first of a two-part recap providing an event overview and recounting event highlights.

The first keynote address compared the May 2014 Japan Financial Industry Innovation Survey with a similar global Celent survey conducted last October. This comparison pointed to two existing gaps.

 

Gap Number One: A Leadership Gap

1. Perception of the importance of innovation

"The next few years innovation will be extremely important. Customer expectations are changing very rapidly and it is crucial to act so as not to fall behind." The ratio of respondents who agreed with this statement was similar in Japan and globally as shown below.

  • Global: 79%, Japan: 81%

—Conclusion: There can be no doubting the importance of innovation.

 

2. Leadership and innovation initiatives

"Our firm has an individual in charge of innovation (a chief innovation officer)."

  • Global: 11%, Japan: 7%

"We have an organization in charge of innovation (center of excellence)."

  • Global: 27%, Japan: 7%

"Innovation-related leadership relies on proponents at the CEO level."

  • Global: 62%, Japan: 85%

—Conclusion: There was a clear lack of leadership among top management when it comes to innovation initiatives.

 

3. Three significant impediments

Global: 1) Daily work operation routines, 2) Internal habits and practices, 3) Inadequate support system.

Japan: 1) Internal habits and practices, 2) Lack of senior management support, 3) Daily work operation routines.

—Conclusion: Both globally and in Japan, in contrast to the high levels of awareness of the importance of innovation, at financial institutions there was a distinct lack of leadership.

 

Gap Number Two: Gap Between Financial Institutions and Vendors

The Japan survey asked both financial institutions and financial solution vendors about innovation-related initiatives. Responses indicated another gap here between financial institutions and these vendors.

1. Years promoting innovation

There was no significant difference between financial institutions and vendors, with both recording similar figures:

  • Three years or less: 54%, Five years or more: 30%

—Conclusion: Financial institutions seem to interpret the fact that technology-supplying vendors possess approximately the same level of experience as themselves as meaning that innovative initiatives cannot benefit from sufficient experience.

 

2. Organizational and structural

"A chief innovation officer has been appointed"

  • Vendors: 24%, Financial institutions: 7%

“Have established a center of excellence”

  • Vendors: 14%, Financial institutions: 7%

"CEO-level proponents of innovation are relied upon for leadership"

  • Vendors: 67%, Financial institutions: 85%

—Conclusion: With a slightly lower degree of reliance on upper level management for innovation leadership, vendors are slightly superior.

 

3. Departments that lead innovation

Financial institutions:

  • Business departments lead: 30%, IT departments lead: 11%

Vendor innovation proposals:

  • Directed to business departments: 14%, Directed to IT departments: 17%

Undertaking initiatives in both business and IT areas:

  • Financial institutions: 59%, Vendors: 69%

—Conclusion: There is a visible gap between financial institution innovation IT initiatives and vendor business sector initiatives.

 

4. Digital financial services initiatives

There was also a visible gap when it came to the priority level of digital financial services (innovative financial services that harness digital technology) as advocated by Celent.

  • Financial institution priority areas: Process improvements, transaction feature enhancements, product and service customization
  • Vendor initiative areas: Three sectors were overwhelmingly dominant: big data, mobile two-way communication, omnichannel

—Conclusion: Survey results indicated a general tendency for financial institutions to be more conservative and vendor proposals to be more aggressive.

 

What exactly is this gap and what does it signify? This gap is between the proposals of vendors that feature the newest or hottest technology and the initiatives of financial institutions, which have yet to recognize the advantages of or are still evaluating such technology or technological initiatives. At the very least, currently it is easy to see that, unfortunately, vendors and financial institutions are not yet on the same page when in comes to what they are looking for in initiatives. Moreover, it could be that even if new technology is applied incrementally (to drive improvement) it could also prove to be a driver of disruptive innovation.

In addition to responses that can be numerically tabulated and analyzed, the survey also allowed participants to articulate freely their own invaluable opinions. A more detailed analysis of this survey and examination of innovation in the financial industry in Japan will be available in the upcoming Celent report "Innovation in the Japanese Financial Services Industry: The Gap between Management and Initiatives." Please be on the lookout for it.

 

Fig. 1 Comparison with Other Industries: Global / Japan Comparison

Compared with other industries, financial services firms (e.g., banks, insurers, asset managers) innovate…

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Source: Celent Innovation Survey 2013/2014