Technology for tomorrow

Are you a tech evangelist? From developing a coherent and workable strategy, knowing how data and analytics will drive finance forward and learning to anticipate the disruptive technologies which may challenge your business models, tech savvy CFO are on the frontfoot.

10 November 2017

WATCH: ThisIsMe at Finance Indaba 2017

Fica specialist ThisIsMe stormed to victory at the first time of asking in the Innovative Banking category at the African FinTech Awards 2017, hosted at the Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in October. The FinTech firm, which has experienced exponential growth over the past year and has already surpassed the notable milestone of one million verifications, also claimed the overall title along with reigning champion Easy Equities.

03 November 2017

Gates Foundation launches open-source financial inclusion software

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has released a new open-source software for creating payment platforms that will help unbanked people around the world access digital financial services. The software is designed to provide a reference model for payment interoperability between banks and other providers across a country’s economy. It is available now, free-of-cost, for software developers to adapt and banks, financial service providers and companies to implement. Information on the code can be found at mojaloop.io.

18 October 2017

The tech-savvy CFO holds the power

It is vitally important for today’s CFO to be tech-savvy, though they should resist the urge to purchase technology for technology’s sake and instead respond to the needs of the business. This was the advice of Christine Ramon, CFO of AngloGold Ashanti, and Wayne Koonin, CFO of Omnia Holdings and winner of the Finance & Technology Award at this year's CFO Awards, during last week’s Finance Indaba Africa 2017, held at the Sandton Convention Centre.

13 October 2017

Unified cloud computing can boost collaboration, says Oracle

In an age where cloud computing is fast becoming the standard approach to data management, many companies still work in silos, each division having their own ERP system or cloud platform to work from. This presents a risk as it can lead to having duplicated data, which is not only inefficient but can lead to bad decision-making, advised Sarah George, ERP strategy leader for Africa at Oracle and Ronnie Toerien, HR strategy leader for Africa at Oracle, during their session on 13 October 2017 at Finance Indaba Africa.

11 October 2017

Machines will augment our jobs, not steal them, argues Oracle's Derek Bose

“The marketplace expects CFOs to be certified accountants but organisations are pulling in CFOs who are able to marry their trade of accounting with the technological capabilities and all the benefits that come with that. CFOs previously used technology to drive standardisation through the organisation to gain control, but are now using it to adapt their organisations to a changing environment and to react more quickly to these changes,” says Derek Bose, Oracle’s senior manager for Southern Africa. Derek believes that technology will augment human capability in future and, he says, the role of the CFO is one of the first in line.

11 October 2017

How automation within the office of finance can be a reality: Finance Indaba sneak peek 31

The finance department is under increased pressure to provide business, regulators, shareholders and other stakeholders with the necessary information to enable strategic decision-making and governed corporate performance processes. Often seen as increased workloads due to manual production of reports, budgets, consolidations and other spreadsheet processes, the finance office of the future is automated, efficient and strategic, alleviating and mitigating the risks and challenges being faced today. Join the Karabina team at this Finance Indaba Africa session to understand how utilising the right technology enabled the finance team of a JSE-listed company to achieve these results. Create a more productive environment that requires less, and do it successfully!

11 October 2017

How automation within the office of finance can be a reality: Finance Indaba sneak peek 31

The finance department is under increased pressure to provide business, regulators, shareholders and other stakeholders with the necessary information to enable strategic decision-making and governed corporate performance processes. Often seen as increased workloads due to manual production of reports, budgets, consolidations and other spreadsheet processes, the finance office of the future is automated, efficient and strategic, alleviating and mitigating the risks and challenges being faced today. Join the Karabina team at this Finance Indaba Africa session to understand how utilising the right technology enabled the finance team of a JSE-listed company to achieve these results. Create a more productive environment that requires less, and do it successfully!

10 October 2017

How you can benefit from smart technology in 100 days: Finance Indaba sneak peek 28

The technology and smart financial systems that are available today can deliver tremendous value for your business. Best-of-breed, cloud-based systems enable your team to make the business stronger. Despite these benefits, only a small percentage of medium-sized companies have implemented all the tools that are available to them. Many of us reason that our current legacy systems and processes are not great but are good enough for now. And, to be honest, we dread the idea of a big IT project and the stress that comes with change. How can you clear these obstacles so that you can really benefit from the digital era? During this hands-on Finance Indaba Africa workshop, learn valuable, practical insights on how to successfully implement the best technology. Don't miss out hearing first-hand how EOH's Paco Cervantes transformed the finance function in 100 days.

10 October 2017

See and tell the whole story that lives within your data: Finance Indaba sneak peek 28

As a finance professional, you are surely working hard to help your business make the right decisions. You know how to deal with financial data and you have the skills to turn data into valuable information. Many of us feel, however, that we need to do more. What we want is to turn all our data into actionable insights across all aspects of the business. How does that work? And is that possible with our current systems and processes? Qlik Master Reseller's Simon Kirby will share how real-time data analytics and visualisation are used by finance teams across the globe today. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn from amazing examples the insights you can create with your data. Join this Finance Indaba Africa session to discover how you can bring your data to life with unmatched speed and scale.

06 October 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Wealth Migrate is opening up the global real estate market

"We launched our blockchain solution at the Finance Indaba last year and now we can build a cryptocurrency, this is the catalyst which will enable us to get it to the $1 investment, which we believe will help bridge the wealth gap," says Scott Picken, founder and CEO of Wealth Migrate, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

05 October 2017

From stage-star to investar: Finance Indaba sneak peek 20

Before she knew a thing about investing or became the brand manager for EasyEquities, the only performance that concerned Carly Barnes was that which took place on a stage. Within a very short space of time, drawing on the knowledge of her peers and the EasyEquities community (or yousers as she calls them), her spotlight shifted onto the performance of markets, shares and her own capabilities as an investor. In this Finance Indaba Africa session, Carly shares how she grew to understand and create her own investment portfolio, and how a new age of EasyEquities investors inspired her with their stories and experiences - true testament to the idea that anyone can invest and claim a stake in their financial future.

04 October 2017

Why pay tax when you could rather invest in FinTech? Finance Indaba sneak peek 17

In this thought-provoking Finance Indaba Africa session, Clive Butkow, CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, a section 12 J Venture Capital Company, will share his views on the growing FinTech sector and why it is reshaping the landscape for businesses and individuals alike. If you want a better sense of how FinTech is shaping your world and are just a little curious about how to create a better return on your hard-earned cash, be sure not to miss this session.

03 October 2017

Don't believe the data? Here's what you can do about it: Finance Indaba sneak peak 15

In a time when most businesses are using data and analytics to drive better decision-making, more than half the global leaders in a CEO survey said they didn't trust the data. While “data is the new oil/gold etc.”, more businesses are understanding that data quality and data governance are key to getting real, actionable insights. Is this your challenge? In this session, KPMG data and analytics leader Frank Rizzo shares his experience of how organisations are improving their data management processes and ensuring that complex algorithms are generating reliable insights around customer, workforce and supplier behaviour. If you want to optimise your data and analytics efforts in 2018, this Finance Indaba Africa session will provide ideas and solutions to consider in your business.

02 October 2017

The evolution of technology and compliance requirements: Finance Indaba sneak peek 12

Financial service providers, from banks to broker dealers to investment advisors, face complex requirements of an expanding global regulatory landscape. Non-compliance with the rules can be extremely costly and damaging. But how can we address the regulatory requirements without losing operational efficiencies? Dominic Suszek, President and CEO of Global RADAR, has over 30 years of experience in the global financial industry. He will share his vision and experiences from a global perspective; from epic failures in compliance to the impact of technology. What is the state of compliance globally? How can we build efficient compliance processes? Dominic will show you how many financial institutions have successfully deployed a new breed of compliance tools. Join this Finance Indaba Africa session, hosted by DocFox, and discover the critical components of an effective and efficient compliance programme.

29 September 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Hyphen balances payment streams with a single tech stack

"Hyphen will show Finance Executives how to balance payment streams with a single technology stack, whilst enhancing reconciliation and treasury reporting – ultimately translating into optimised cashflow and cashflow reporting for Finance and Treasury teams," says Gillian Stumke, Head: Business Development of Hyphen Technology, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

27 September 2017

The DocFox Story: From a Joburg loft to Silicon Valley: Finance Indaba sneak peek 5

DocFox is on a global mission to end money laundering and bring financial services to everyone. It has been an exciting journey for this company, from humble beginnings in a loft with three people, to building a global web application endorsed by Norton Rose Fulbright and funded and lead by the best minds in Silicon Valley. This presentation will share the incredible journey of this startup and explore the way in which it is ending money laundering, and delve into how it is partnering with clients locally and abroad to leverage the latest in technology to change how financial institutions operate. A discussion will also take place sharing the latest trends in FinTech and how institutions are leveraging technology globally to thrive.

26 September 2017

The easy way to benefit from the digital age: Finance Indaba sneak peek 2

What if you could implement the best financial systems and technology enhancements? What if you could drastically improve every step of the accounting process? In this Finance Indaba Africa master class, AdvanceNet Group will show you how it is done. Using practical examples, the smart tools that are available today will be discussed and demonstrated, and an explanation of how to easily implement the latest technology without having to manage a complex IT project will be given. Learn how to strengthen controls, lower compliance risks and introduce greater efficiencies and visibility. Don't miss out on hearing how your finance team can enjoy the benefits of the digital age.

20 September 2017

CFOs have a huge role to play in driving internal and external automation - CFO Summit 5

Business automation and robotic process automation (RPA) is no longer an experiment and will move ahead at a rate of knots in the years to come. Those companies that do not come onboard with automation processes will find themselves on an uneven footing with their competitors and will be unable to attract and develop top talent. At the same time, finance departments and executives have struggled to get a handle on it. How much efficiency and performance can you derive from automation and what skills are needed to take the next step?

19 September 2017

Electrum joins Gartner innovation programme

Payments provider Electrum, has been selected to participate in the Gartner Aspiring Innovators Programme, which aims to highlight innovative providers of enterprise technology to attendees of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2017, which is being held in Cape Town from 18 to 21 September 2017. The audience includes over 1 000 CIOs and senior IT executives from Africa and around the world who are actively looking for new partners and solutions.

08 September 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Explore hidden data relationships with South Africa Qlik Master Reseller

"We are passionate about customers achieving real value from the use of Data Analytics and I believe the best way to support this is through sharing experiences and customer stories," says Simon Kirby, Director of Financial Services Industry Solutions at Qlik. South Africa Qlik Master Reseller is a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

29 August 2017

Dubai and Hong Kong sign FinTech agreement

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong have entered into an agreement to establish a framework of cooperation on FinTech innovation. The agreement will further strengthen the efforts of both authorities to develop an innovations-friendly ecosystem in their respective markets. The signing took place between Mr Ian Johnston, CEO of the DFSA, and Ashley Alder, SFC CEO, in Hong Kong. Under the agreement, both authorities will share information on developments and innovations in FinTech in their respective markets. The agreement also intends to encourage both regulators to refer innovative firms to one another’s markets and to provide them with regulatory guidance. Mr Johnston said: “Providing a regime that fosters innovation in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), is a strategic priority for us. This agreement with Hong Kong’s SFC deepens cooperation between our two markets and will build a common understanding of the principles of good innovation.” “This agreement underscores the SFC’s efforts to strengthen regulatory collaboration and promote innovation in financial services," said Mr Alder. “We look forward to working closely with the DFSA to support FinTech development in both our markets.” The agreement extends the existing relationship between the SFC and the DFSA with a joint commitment to maintain the highest standards of cooperation. Both regulators are signatories to the IOSCO Multi-lateral Memorandum of Understanding (MMoU). They also entered into a bi-lateral MoU in 2008. The agreement marks the latest step in the DFSA’s roadmap to build a framework that supports innovation in the DIFC. It follows the introduction of regulations formalising a tailored regime for loan and investment crowdfunding platforms on August 1, the first in the GCC. On May 24, the DFSA launched its Innovation Testing Licence (ITL), a special class of financial services licence that allows FinTech firms to develop and test innovative FinTech concepts from the DIFC. The DFSA's innovation strategy is aligned with the National Innovation Strategy set out by UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make the UAE a global hub for innovation. It follows the launch of the FinTech Hive at DIFC, which will bring together the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs to compete and address the growing needs of the region's financial services industry, using innovative technology solutions. It intends to catalyse growth and efficiency in a variety of areas including trade finance, alternative finance and Shari'ah-based services. For its part, the SFC established the FinTech Contact Point (FTCP) in March 2016 to enhance communication with businesses involved in the development and application of FinTech and regulatory technology in Hong Kong. The FTCP also facilitates an understanding of the SFC’s current regulatory regime while enabling it to stay informed of the development of the local industry.

28 August 2017

Standard Bank's Funeka Montjane: FinTech is changing the face of banking

“There’s never been a more wonderful time to be a banker,” says Funeka Montjane, CEO of Personal and Business Banking at Standard Bank. Montjane, a 2015 WEF Young Global Leader, believes that the future of banking lies in creating time for customers with the help of automation, artificial intelligence and FinTech. Speaking about the future of banking at the Singularity University South Africa Summit, hosted on the continent for the first time in collaboration with Standard Bank, Montjane said that we’re living in what Stephen Hawking called ‘the century of complexity’ – in a more compressed and globalised world characterised by rapid disruption, and where information is free.

17 August 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Build your finance future with AdvanceNet

"We will be talking about how to build your future with the Blueprint for Continuous Accounting. This revolutionary new concept is changing the way accounting and finance are performing and creating a paradigm shift across Modern Finance Organisations," says Bridgette Ward, Sales Manager of AdvanceNet, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

14 August 2017

The impact of cybercrime on SA companies: are we better or WORSE off?

During the last year, the public became painfully aware of what cybersecurity experts have long been warning us about: That cybercrime is on the rise and that everyone is a potential target. The recent WannaCry and Petya attacks have revealed that hackers have adopted an increasingly financial focus, as they demand ransom (usually in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) in exchange for unlocking the affected users’ data. Companies throughout the globe have been affected in the latest attack this June, with South African companies being no exception.

09 August 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Alternative Circle is broadening the financial inclusion spotlight

"We believe that the user is the true source of value in any business, and if you service them well you can grow them and they in turn will grow your business," says Kevin Mutiso, CEO and co-founder of Alternative Circle, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Finance professionals and accountants register for the Finance Indaba for free with code FB2017! In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is. Do you want to hear how Alternative Circle can help with your KYC processes? Do you want to be informed about the latest and greatest in finance? Then don't miss the Finance Indaba Africa 2017. The Finance Indaba is the biggest annual event on the continent for financial managers and specialists who are seeking partnerships to drive progress. Thousands of delegates will gain valuable insights into realising financial performance and growth, becoming more efficient and accessing funding, among a host of other opportunities from leading players in financial services.

04 August 2017

Flutterwave raises $10m for African expansion

Nigerian FinTech Flutterwave announced it has secured $10 million in Series B financing. Four investors contributed to the round: Greycroft Partners, Green Visor Capital, Y Combinator, and Glynn Capital Management. Flutterwave, founded by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, provides technology, infrastructure, and services to enable global merchants, payment service providers, and pan-African banks to accept and process payments via any channel, including web, mobile, ATMs and POS. The company helps businesses in Africa go global by smoothening the exchange of funds in more than 150 currencies. The company revealed that it intends to use the funds to hire talent, build out its global operations, and accelerate its expansion across Africa.

19 July 2017

Finance Indaba 2017: Use DocFox to simplify compliance procedures

"DocFox provides a single solution - endorsed by global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright - which gives a FSP of any size the assurance that they will remain compliant with ever-changing legislation, while simultaneously creating a seamless customer experience and reducing operational costs," says Ryan Canin, CEO of DocFox, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

18 July 2017

FinLeap FinTech incubator raises EURO39m

FinLeap, the startup platform behind Germany's solarisBank, has secured €39 million in equity capital to support its ongoing FinTech incubation programme. Next to the founding shareholder Berlin-based HitFox-Group, new institutional investors include the German insurer Signal Iduna, Japan's SBI Group and Dutch bank NIBC. Hannover Re, the third largest worldwide reinsurer, also raised its stake having participated in the platform's last €21 million raise.

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