More Financial Institutions Looking to Cloud for Efficiency, Security

Posted by Jeff Harper, President, BSG Financial Group on Dec 14, 2016 9:20:48 AM




It used to be that one of the worst critiques your boss could deliver was accusing you of “having your head in the clouds.” You still don’t want your head there, but for more and more financial institutions, having your data and operations in the cloud is just good business.

As traditional computing methods continue to deliver decreasing profits, it will become even more apparent that it is in your organization's best interest to locate and use a properly hosted cloud-based vendor.

Here are three reasons why...

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing

Digital Lending Q&A: Part One

Posted by Michele Rehm, Marketing Manager on Jul 6, 2016 11:11:14 AM

BSG Financial Group recently conducted an educational webinar called Digital Lending for Financial Institutions. It was our most popular session to-date, so we thought it would be helpful to share some of the questions attendees asked as well as our answers. 

We will feature several more questions from this popular webinar in a series of blog posts to follow. If you have questions of your own regarding Digital Lending, feel free to submit them in the Comments box at the end of this post and we will answer them right away.

What loss ratios can we expect with online lending?

We often get this question, and the answer is: if you’re using the same criteria for online lending as you do in-branch, the losses are going to be the same. The MinuteLendersystem for business and individuals provides the loan delivery platform, but it uses your institution’s guidelines for underwriting rules.

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Topics: Digital Lending, Cloud Computing

ABA ARTICLE: Banking Apps that Matter Will Head to the Cloud in 2016

Posted by Michele Rehm, Marketing Manager on Jan 5, 2016 4:31:38 AM


By Penny CrosmanDecember 24, 2015

Capital One is bounding down a path on which other banks have been tiptoeing.

The McLean, Va., bank and card issuer has begun shrinking its physical technology infrastructure by shifting it to Amazon's public cloud. At first, Amazon Web Services was used mainly for developing and testing software. More recently Capital One used the Amazon service to deploy its new mobile banking apps — software that's vital to the organization these days.

"Like many large enterprises, we started more in an experimentation mode, in our innovation labs," Rob Alexander, the company's chief information officer, said at a conference in October. "It was a grassroots, developer-driven use of the platform."

But "this year, we've taken a more aggressive stance, recognizing that we could deploy some of our most critical production workloads on the AWS platform," he said.

Read the entire article on the American Banker website.

A Disciplined Approach to Cloud Computing

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Topics: Technology, Cloud Computing

Strunk Helps BSG Financial Group Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary!

Posted by W. Barrett Nichols, founder & CEO on Aug 5, 2015 1:55:00 PM

I recently saw that Strunk, LLC announced it had launched a hosted overdraft solution. The press release explained the benefits of hosted solutions, stating that financial institution clients no longer would have to worry about installing, upgrading or supporting its overdraft management system. This truly is wonderful, as it clearly is a superior method of delivery. Realizing that today’s competitive marketplace and tougher regulatory environment requires a more robust solution, this is a giant step forward.

As I thought of all the benefits a hosted solution has to offer, I realized it has been almost 10 years since BSG Financial Group introduced its cloud-based overdraft management program, CourtesyConnect/CourtesyLimit™.  And what a difference it made for our bank and credit union clients: implementations became much easier; upgrades a no-brainer; and our clients no longer shouldered the burden of technical support.  

When I think about the evolution of CourtesyConnect®/CourtesyLimit™, I remember that it was a simple, logical progression, having been a long-time provider of the robust overdraft software solution, OverdraftHonor®. We were pioneers when we introduced that software in the 1990s, when many overdraft management providers preached that overdraft software was not necessary or they offered only rudimentary solutions. Our OverdraftHonor® quickly became the “Gold Standard” in the industry, providing unparalleled profitability, guided by our “Responsible Approach” to account holder management and compliance.

So it was in 2005--when other providers seemed to be hunkered down, believing the industry was very mature and showing little if any growth--that we actually invested more in our solution. 

Why did we do it? Because it was the right thing to do for our clients. As better tools and ideas have become available, BSG Financial Group has always provided them to its clients. Now enjoying our Fourth Generation of an overdraft management system, we look forward to continuing our leadership position.

Just think, a lot happens in 10 years. Ten years ago you were probably renting DVDs at Blockbuster; wanting a flip-phone and actively managing the amount of cell minutes you used. You may have just tried the Atkins diet; heard the word "metrosexual" for the first time; watched Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction; or just seen Barack Obama on TV for the first time. Yes, a lot changes over 10 years.

I'm truly happy and feel extremely proud that BSG Financial Group has always been an early adopter, helping our clients take advantage of new innovations in the marketplace. I love that we were the first provider in the industry to offer a cloud-based overdraft system. It's always nice to be a leader.

Speaking of which, are you taking advantage of all our current enhancements, while enjoying what we pride ourselves on, the "Responsible Approach"? In addition to providing dynamic overdraft limits that protect both you and your account holders, our debit card-focused (ATM/point-of-sale) overdraft management program is designed to help your institution and your account holders get the level of service they desire. This strategy continues to grow in importance, as consumers’ preferred method of payment continues to change to electronic. If you're not sure of what I'm talking about or have interest in learning more, just reach out to BSG Financial Group. We'll be glad to make sure you get what you need.

We offer a FREE OVERDRAFT PROGRAM ANALYSIS whether you currently have a program or not. After you fill out the simple online form, we can let you know the most compliant and profitable way to offer this service to your customers, or introduce strategies to enhance the program you already have.

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Topics: Overdraft, Courtesy Overdraft, CourtesyConnect, Cloud Computing