8 Febbraio 2023

Six priorities for the financial services industry in 2023

A businessman in the financial services industry looks out an office window, the lights of nearby buildings in the background, as he reflects on the new year ahead.

As we know, 2022 was a challenging year with significant economic, societal, and geopolitical change. It was also a time of incredible digital perseverance and resiliency.

As a business and technology advisor to the financial services industry, we were proud to see so many of our financial services customers drive responsible growth strategies, using their digital foundations to find new and innovative ways to serve and create value for their customers in the current environment.

Looking ahead, I also see six key areas of prioritization in 2023: 

  1. Cost take-out and doing more with less. In the face of continued volatility, how can financial services organizations digitize, automate, and better run their processes and operations more efficiently to save on costs and fund innovation? Doing more with less also means applying technology to amplify what institutions are able to do across their organizations so they can differentiate and build resilience.
  2. Rethinking customer engagement. To compete in the current environment while transforming for the future, how do financial services organizations reshape their customer engagement and deliver experiences, products, and services that are consistent, contextual, personalized, and continuous across current and emerging channels?
  3. Elevating employee experiences. As the future of work continues to evolve, how do financial services organizations create the experiences and culture that attract, energize, and retain talent? And how do they empower employees with the right tools and insights to improve productivity and efficiency, better collaborate, and deliver deeper, more meaningful customer engagement?
  4. Expanding security horizons. Cybercrime is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025 (compared to $3 trillion a decade ago), according to Cybersecurity Ventures.1 How can financial institutions create an accelerated path to stronger risk management while meeting and anticipating regulatory requirements?
  5. Advancing sustainable finance. The extraordinary, time-sensitive challenge to stabilize society through achieving global net-zero emissions is top of mind industry-wide. How do financial services organizations both accelerate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) progress and make sustainability good for business?
  6. Exploiting data and insights. Key to advancing all of the above and laying the foundation for future success is becoming a data-driven business. How can financial institutions best tap into the power of internal and external data and build predictive and analytical capabilities that will deliver the right insights to transform all areas of their business?

Shaping the future with tech innovation

While there is no crystal ball for what the future will look like in this rapidly changing world, I am certain of the power of today’s cloud and AI technology advancementsand those on the horizonto overcome our current challenges, stretch the boundaries of what we think is possible, and create a better future, together.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. This mission is core to everything my team and I do, and we are committed to co-innovating with our financial services customers to lay the groundwork for their future success.

Through our Microsoft Cloud technology, the industry-specific capabilities in Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services and Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, and our global partner ecosystem, we enable institutions to bring data and information flows together with insights to enhance customer and employee experiences, optimize business processes, accelerate products to market, speed time to value, do more with less, and enable a greener financial services industry. The security, compliance, and scale of the Microsoft Cloud provides a trusted foundation for efficient operations today and sustainable growth tomorrow.

Looking ahead

We look forward to continuing to help the financial services industry navigate the present and the future and excelling in that journey.

You can find me on LinkedIn, where you can feel free to send me your thoughts and engage in a dialogue.

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1Cybercrime To Cost The World $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025, Cybercrime Magazine.

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