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Ecosystems & eCommerce: New Opportunities and Challenges for the Banking Sector

In a world where traditional revenues are shrinking, banks must adopt platforms to deliver services and products. Ecosystems and marketplaces provide the ideal space for banks to meet customers’ needs by onboarding partners and facilitating the end-to-end delivery of offerings.

Current State of Ecosystems in Banking

Banks are not turning into ecosystems because they enjoy it. Somewhat, serving as a one-stop shop for their customers has become an obligation. Financial institutions have long insisted on building their entire IT architecture in-house. Financial institutions are control freaks by nature and rightfully so - banking is built on risk management, security, and regulatory compliance. Banks feel more secure and in control when they build their own applications.

Mantvydas Stareika
Mantvydas Stareika

Mantvydas Stareika, CEO and Board Member at SME Bank, elaborates on the difficulties faced by the financial sector and the solutions to these challenges. The services available from a large-scale firm vary from those of SMEs. SMEs often provide tailor-made services faster and small business owners expect personalized service, which has resulted in numerous chan