Core Banking Vendor Solutions: A Latin American Perspective

by Juan Mazzini,  Stephen Greer,  Bart Narter, November 21, 2012
Vendor Reviews
Latin America

Abstract

Core banking is the central processing unit of a bank. Banks, with the help of software vendors, have found the opportunity to leverage multiple channels in order to deliver products and facilitate transactions. What was once a system heavily reliant on paper-based operations has now been revolutionized by digital alternatives, bringing with it a new wave of automation. Efficiency and increased productivity are the standard. Branch networks are increasingly able to utilize the cohesive properties of new core systems.

In the report Core Banking Solutions: A Latin American Perspective, Celent examines core banking vendors that currently have clients or sell in Latin America.  Celent also looks at each of these vendors using the ABCD analysis, in which XCelent awards are given to solutions with the best scores in each category.

In Latin America, many large banks have already started core banking transformations in the last decade. Latin America has traditionally been a relatively mild market for core banking systems, but the field is wide open for small and midsize banks and has seen high activity with new deals in the past three to four years. However, like many emerging geographies, banks may have a hard time justifying the costs of a complete core migration. International vendors have found major successes in the region during the last few years.

“Lately, due to regulatory pressure, banks have been encouraged to go for modern infrastructure and upgrade their operations,” says Stephen Greer, Analyst with Celent’s Banking Group and coauthor of the report. “Large developing countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina have had a head start in core transformation projects. The market has also seen a number of consolidations, with large banks acquiring smaller banks, leading to demand for standardizing operations among their branches.”

This report begins with an overview of the core banking market in Latin America. It also explores market trends.  Each vendor is reviewed using Celent’s ABCD analysis, with in-depth profiles providing a wealth of information on each platform.

This 94-page report contains 39 figures and 55 tables.

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 operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

3

ABCD Analysis and XCelent Awards

7

 

The XCelent Awards

9

Vendors

19

 

Accenture: Alnova Financial Solutions

19

 

Callatay & Wouters: Thaler on SAP

25

 

Cobiscorp—COBIS

31

 

CSC: Celeriti Banking System

35

 

FIS: Profile

41

 

FIS: Systematics

46

 

Fiserv: Signature (International)

51

 

Misys: BankFusion Equation

56

 

Misys: BankFusion Midas

59

 

Misys: BankFusion Universal Banking

62

 

Oracle Financial Services Software: FLEXCUBE

66

 

SAP AG: SAP Transactional Banking

70

 

Tata Consultancy Services: TCS BaNCS

75

 

Temenos: T24

81

 

Top Systems: TOPAZ Banking

86

Leveraging Celent’s Expertise

90

 

Support for Financial Institutions

90

 

Support for Vendors

90

Related Celent Research

91

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