It’s been a year now since the start of the pandemic and it has had a dramatic impact on all our lives. 

Many industries have been significantly impacted by Covid and the world has changed for financial services.  

Open Banking, catalysed by the pandemic, is now one of the hottest topics in the industry and a far cry from just years ago when it was still being actively being doubted in board rooms.  Thanks to the huge effort from so many people, it is fantastic to see Open Banking now securely established as a global trend.   

Not only is there a need to digitise, spurred on by the closing of branches and remote working, there is now a need for more real time data.  

Having been involved recently in the FCA Digital Sandbox and having helped over 70+ companies leverage bank data, I’m excited for the road ahead. Open Banking is now a global trend with over 30 countries adopting similar programs and those already embracing it now expanding the scope to Open Finance (and one day, hopefully, Open Data).    

Most important though, is recognition of the huge potential that Open Banking Data can offer the market. Not just because of the pressures that the current pandemic has brought on businesses to use digital-first, real-time, insightful, accurate decisions (vs. historical bureau based models). Not just because regulators around the world are putting increasing pressure on the financial services industry to adopt better practices that protect consumers. And not just because now that everyone is taking about it, adopting it, and benefiting from it, you have to use it to be competitive in many sectors. 

It’s been 10 years now since we started talking about leveraging the identity and data you have with your bank account to make online interactions safer and easier. At the end of the day as consumers we want convenience when accessing products and services and as businesses, we want to increase conversion, reduce cost and minimise fraud.  

That’s what I believe Open Banking Data can bring to the market.     

Seeing momentum build around Open Finance is exciting, as well as the prospect for a model of consumer centric Open Data.  

This is what we are building at DirectID, a global and ubiquitous credit risk platform and capability delivering the most accurate credit risk data, instantly. It’s exciting to see all the hard work the team has been putting into not only our own efforts but that of the industry as a whole, come to fruition as a global trend!   

“To get credit you have to have to have had credit” is a broken model that we want to change.   

It's hugely exciting to be working with big banks, FTSE 100 companies and two of the biggest gig economy companies in the world. I'm hugely proud of the team that we have and our contributions into the world of Open Banking.   

Efficiency is through the roof and we are seeing the huge benefits in the business ourselves. Remote working while challenging definitely has its benefits and we are embracing the new ways of working. I’m delighted that we have been selected as one of Scotland's Top 10 Flexible Employers.  

As a trusted partner we work closely with our customers to really unpack the value of bank data. From onboarding, portfolio management and now into financial wellness and distress (both pre and post delinquency) and within collections & recoveries.    

For us it has always and will be around what you do with the data that counts.  

This is why we are not just building more insights such as predictive cashflow, emerging financial distress but also providing more of these engines directly to the market.   

Our goal is to redefine the credit risk lifecycle with bank data and that's what we are doing! 

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