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2017 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

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1. Best Use of Data & Analytics
Financial services companies have never had so much data at their fingertips, providing a vast pool of customer and business information that can be used to generate insights, tailor product offerings, drive business efficiencies or develop entirely new financial platforms or ways of delivering services. This award will recognise a company, solution or project that can demonstrate the innovative and large scale use of data and analytics to the benefit of a business, their customers or the financial industry’s infrastructure. Enter here
2017 winner: Mosaic Smart Data

2. Best Use of IT in Retail Banking & Insurance
This award will recognise the most effective use of IT in bringing business benefits to a financial services provider, regardless of size, in a retail banking/insurance environment. Nominations may be for a single project or for an overall strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, enhanced customer service (where applicable) and helped further that organisation’s opportunities of future business success. Enter here
2017 winner: Lloyds Banking Group

3. Best Use of IT in Wholesale & Investment Banking
This award will highlight the most effective use of IT in improving business processes within wholesale banks, trading houses, fund managers, investment banks and other similar companies. Nominations may be for a single project or an overall strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate to the judges how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, or enhanced external service to clients (where applicable), in order to further that organisation’s opportunities of future business success. Enter here
2017 winner: Cognizant Technology Solutions & Credit Suisse

4. Best Trading System
This award will go to the best new trading system, whether it is installed internally at a wholesale bank or into the general financial markets for wide-scale use. New execution venues introduced after the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) are encouraged to enter, as are updated technology platforms from incumbent stock exchanges or banks/brokers. Systems that specialise in non-displayed trades, public order books or data delivery are all acceptable. The winning entry will demonstrate how the use of technology has improved processes, speeded up response times, enhanced capacity and helped further the chances of future business success. Enter here
2017 winner: trueEX UK

5. Best Use of Social Networks or Gamification - NEW CATEGORY
This award is open to entries detailing how social networks or gamification are being used internally or eternally by a financial services organisation, and how such technology is making a real difference to the business or its customers. Examples include: internal social networks being used to encourage innovation or collaboration among employees; the use of social media channels to communicate or engage with customers; the implementation of gamification in a company’s recruitment process. Enter here

6. Best Use of Technology in Customer Service
Judges will look at evidence of technology in the customer service sector. Applicants must demonstrate innovation in this area and improved rates of customer satisfaction and provide evidence of how technology has allowed their organisation to anticipate customer needs, tailor business processes to best serve customers and ultimately improve the efficiency of their business. Enter here
2017 winner: LV=

7. Data Management Project of the Year
Data management and storage within the FS sector has become hugely complicated as companies attempt to satisfy both customers expecting a more personalised service and ever demanding regulators. Faced with an onslaught of information becoming available, FIs are increasingly opting for advanced technology solutions in a bid to effectively store, access, retrieve and analyse data. This award will recognise a data management project that has unlocked the potential of data insights and helped shape business strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate a successful data management project aligned to commercial strategy and underpinned by cutting-edge technology. Enter here
2017 winner: Deutsche Bank

8. Best Use of Mobile
This award acknowledges the rise of mobile banking and payments and the fact that mobile is becoming a game changer in the financial services sector. The winning entry will be a financial services institution who has truly embraced the mobile channel. It could be an app, a mobile-optimised website or an overall mobile strategy - the aim is to celebrate the drive to allow the customer to interact with the financial services institution where and when they want by providing a seamless, secure experience. Enter here
2017 winner: Barclays

9. Digital Launch of the Year
Customers are increasingly happy with the digital services on offer from banks, building societies, insurance companies and other financial institutions. The FS sector is leading the way when it comes to providing the best digital services, and this award will recognise the launch of a new digital offering. Judges will be looking for vision, an innovative use of technology and positive customer/client feedback. Enter here
2017 winner: B from CYBG

10. Anti-fraud/Security Solution of the Year
This award will recognise either the best internal or external anti-fraud/security strategy implemented by a financial services company, or the best anti-fraud/security solution offered by a technology provider. The system will protect customers from phishing, ID theft or similarly fraudulent scams, or defend financial institutions against service attacks, money laundering or employee fraud. The winning entry will demonstrate how anti-fraud technology, such as biometrics, two-factor authentication or secure internal processes, have helped protect the end user and comply with financial regulations. The judges will regard the application of technology to create business benefits as being of equal importance to the degree of protection and innovation present in the IT solution. Enter here
2017 winner: Ethoca

11. Compliance or RegTech Project of the Year
This will reward the most effective compliance project by a financial services provider. Nominations may be for a single project or for an overall strategy. The winning entry will be able to demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has enabled compliance with governmental regulations, such as MiFID, SEPA, Basel III, the anti-money laundering protocols, or the raft of new rules introduced post-crunch (e.g. liquidity requirements). Submissions should show how the compliance strategy adds business benefits and furthers the organisation’s opportunities for future success. Enter here
2017 winner: Business Systems

12. Systems Integration Project of the Year
This award will recognise the most effective project to integrate disparate systems by a financial services provider. Projects involving the integration of legacy systems into e-business projects will be eligible for entry, as will projects to integrate systems from different businesses, whether to facilitate operations with business partners or in the aftermath of a company merger. The project can be of any size. Nominations may be for a single project or an overall strategy. The winning entry will be able to demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, enhanced customer service (where applicable) and helped further that organisation’s opportunities for future business success. Enter here
2017 winner: Standard Life

13. Blockchain Project of the Year - NEW CATEGORY
Blockchain has been one of the most significant emerging technologies of recent years, with use cases now being explored across the financial services sector. This award will recognise an initiative or project (which may still be in pilot stage) that is utilising distributed ledger technology to increase the speed, efficiency, accuracy, security or cost-effectiveness of processes in any area of the financial services industry. Enter here

14. Partnership or Collaboration of the Year – NEW CATEGORY
This category will recognise either a specific technology partnership between two companies, or a collaboration between a group of companies working towards a common technological goal. Examples include: a technology partnership between a ‘traditional’ financial institution and a FinTech startup; a significant outsourcing deal between a financial services company and technology provider that is helping deliver the FS firm’s digital strategy; the collaboration of a group of companies in the FS sector through an alliance or consortium, which is seeking to drive the development of financial technology and industry innovation. Enter here

15. Payments Innovation of the Year
Judges will look at evidence of new technology in the payments sector. Applicants must demonstrate innovation in the space with information on the issues leading to development, how the solution aims to meet the sector’s needs, with details of performance where possible and evidence of how the end consumer has benefited from implementation. Enter here
2017 winner: Earthport

16. Financial Sector Innovation of the Year
Open to financial sector organisations who have created an innovative and/or successful new line of business, promotion, customer service or branch/mobile/online feature that has really set them apart from the competition. The judges will be looking for evidence that this innovation has or can create revenue and is sustainable. The category is open to both ‘traditional’ FIs and new entrants. Enter here
2017 winner: Suitable Strategies

17. IT Team of the Year
This category will be awarded to the best IT team within a financial institution. The team will have to have proven their excellence in the delivery and/or support of IT services over the course of the last year and to have demonstrated good collaboration skills and a clear vision of how technology can be applied to ensure business benefits. The team can be nominated from within the financial institution itself or by partners or suppliers. Enter here
2017 winner: Barclays UK Mortgages

18. Cloud Computing Innovation of the Year
This category will recognise excellence in the area of cloud computing for 2016/2017. Judges will look at new strategies, evidence of success by utilising the cloud, and case studies where applicable. The winning entry will demonstrate how the cloud computing innovation has brought customers cost and efficiency benefits. Enter here
2017 winner: Misys

19. Risk Management Software of the Year
This award will recognise success in the development, implementation and running of risk management software for the financial sector. Applicants must demonstrate how their software has been developed to best benefit the financial sector, and evidence of performance should be provided where possible. Enter here
2017 winner: Thomson Reuters Org ID

20. Most Innovative Product of the Year
This award will recognise a technology supplier or financial services company that has delivered innovation in the FS sector, through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. This category is designed to recognise those firms that have responded to market pressures with originality and creativity, and might be using traction-gaining technologies such as artificial intelligence, biometrics or NFC. Details of product development should be provided as far as possible, and applicants should demonstrate the implementation and performance levels of the product. Enter here
2017 winner: Barclays Fast Cash

21. Technology Provider of the Year
This category will reward the provider deemed to have had a successful year in serving the financial sector. Judges will look at examples of new products and strategies, evidence of how they have been received by the industry, and performance for 2016/2017. Case studies may be included alongside details of development over the year, response to market pressures and future plans, where possible. Enter here
2017 winner: Temenos

22. Online Technology Provider of the Year
This category will reward the online technology provider deemed to have had a successful year in serving the financial sector. Judges will look at examples of new products and strategies, evidence of how they have been received by the industry, and performance for 2016/2017. Case studies may be included alongside details of development over the year, response to market pressures and future plans, where possible. Enter here
2017 winner: True Potential

23. Most Disruptive Financial Sector Technology
This award will go to a company who the judges feel have come up with the most disruptive financial sector technology during the past 12 months, one that has the potential to disrupt the way the FS sector operates, displacing an earlier technology. The aim is to champion FinTech startups with strong solutions/services that identify a gap in the market or look to improve current ways of working, companies that could well become gamechangers by helping to redefine financial services in the coming years. We welcome entries from every area of the financial services technology sector. Enter here
2017 winner: B-Secur

24. Consumer Finance Product of the Year
The rapid evolution of technology means consumers can now access or manage their finances at the touch of a button, and have a wealth of advisory products at their fingertips. This award will recognise an initiative that utilises online or mobile technologies to deliver a financial product or personal finance management platform to consumers in a fast and convenient way. Enter here
2017 winner: nimbl

25. FinTech or InsurTech Startup of the Year
This award will recognise a visionary startup with a FinTech or InsurTech product or service, which is set to or has had a significant impact on the industry. Entrants should detail their concept, business success to date, any funding secured, why they are ones to watch and how they are changing the way that the FS sector operates. This category is open to startups which were founded three years ago or less from the date of the awards (March 2018). Enter here
2017 winner: habito

26. Incubator or Investment Initiative of the Year – NEW CATEGORY
Technology startups in the FS sector begin with the idea for a unique innovation, but it is often incubator programmes and initial investors which help those nascent companies develop their concepts and become a commercial success. This award will go to a startup, incubator, accelerator or investment programme which is identifying innovative startups and then offering them the space, advice, and industry access or funding to succeed. Enter here

27. Social Responsibility Award – NEW CATEGORY
This category will recognise a company that is using technology to enhance the socially responsible aspects of its business. Examples include: the development of new digital products to promote financial inclusion among the underbanked; apps or schemes to drive financial education among certain customer demographics, such as the under 16s or over 65s; community or staff volunteering programmes that raise financial awareness and improve financial well-being; the utilisation of technology to help an organisation consume energy more responsibility or improve a business’s green credentials. Enter here

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