Cloud Computing in the Japanese Financial Services Industry

by Eiichiro Yanagawa, November 1, 2011
Case Studies
Asia-Pacific

Abstract

Cloud computing is making the transition from buzzword to real world application in Japan’s financial services and IT industries.

The proliferation of cloud computing is bringing fundamental and lasting change to the structure of the financial services IT industry. This shift to the cloud portends an IT paradigm shift that is expected to rival the significance of the “downsizing” of computational hardware witnessed in recent decades and could be a structural turning point for the industry.

In a new report, Cloud Computing in the Japanese Financial Services Industry, Celent analyzes the latest trends in cloud computing based on interviews with multiple financial institutions and IT financial services providers. The report distills the results of these interviews, outlining the common expectations of IT service users and providers, both of which indicated high expectations in the area of standardization, specifically with regard to all system processes, IT asset allocation and governance, architecture, system platforms, software configuration, and build, operation, and maintenance methodologies.

In addition, service users and providers are focused on the creation of added value, including through on-premise collaboration, the immediate realization of value with hybrid cloud services, and securing future value via an agile development platform.

“Celent’s interviews with Japanese financial firms and technology providers demonstrate that cloud computing is not a fleeting fad, but has staying power,” says Eiichiro Yanagawa, Senior Analyst with Celent’s Asian Financial Services Group and author of the report. “Cloud solutions are being actively implemented and more are on the way, a trend that signals significant changes on the horizon.”

In this report, Celent uses eight case studies to examine the current state and future prospects of cloud computing in Japan’s financial services industry based on interviews with financial institutions and financial services IT vendors. For the purposes of this report, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of cloud computing is used.

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

3

Introduction

5

Cloud Computing: Definitions and Role

8

 

Changing Paradigm

8

Cloud Computing Defined

9

Structural Changes in the IT Industry

15

 

Vendor Changes in the IT Industry

15

 

User Side Situation (Financial Institutions)

16

Case Studies

19

 

Cloud Interviews

19

 

Interview Results

20

 

Case Study 1: Generating a New Value in the Internet Era

20

 

Case Study 2: Securing an Agile System Platform

22

 

Case Study 3: Establishing a New Standard in LCM Systems

23

 

Case Study 4: Overcoming Disaster

24

 

Case Study 5: Thinking Globally Anew

26

 

Case Study 6: LCM Service for ATMs 

28

 

Case Study 7: One-Stop Storage System Service

29

 

Case Study 8: Using the Cloud for a Shared System Project

31

Outstanding Issues

33

Conclusions

35

 

One More Paradigm Shift: Services Going Mainstream

35

 

Accounting Audit Requests and Industry Organization Standards

36

 

The Key: Modular Technologies

38

 

The Unbundling and Modularization of Financial Service Operations

39

Leveraging Celent’s Expertise

41

 

Support for Financial Institutions

41

 

Support for Vendors

41

Related Celent Research

42

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