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If Your CRM Is Smarter Than Ever Before, You Can Thank Artificial Intelligence

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has changed all kinds of industries and workplaces in a number of significant ways. Attitudes towards the use of AI have also shifted, along with the ways in which it has been approached. One of the biggest shifts has been the emphasis on top-down reasoning rather than bottom-up big data. 

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What, Where & How: A Glossary Of Terms Related To Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning

This is more true for the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning than others, which is why our developers have put together a list of more commonly used terms to help you tell your Algorithms from your Active Learning, and Selection Bias from Sentiment Analysis.

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If You Want Your CRM To Fail, Just Make Integration An Afterthought

Here's an interesting piece of information that got lost in the hype surrounding Salesforce's biggest deal ever. Apparently, the acquisition of MuleSoft in March for $6.5 billion was met with skepticism by senior management, until they were gently informed by a financial services firm of the importance of connecting data that is stored in disparate systems.

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Not Getting Results? Stop Using Wealth Management CRM For Corporate And Commercial Banking.

 “Vertical CRM will be the preferred CRM Choice in the next three years”1

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Do You Really Know Your Customers Or Is Your CRM Showing You Just The Tip Of The Iceberg?

Trying to tell corporate and investment bankers about the importance of understanding their customers is a lot like listing the benefits of butter to a pastry chef. They get it. They know it really, really well. And yet, considering we are in the business of Customer Relationship Management, I sometimes can't help but question what this means.

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Smart Wealth Managers Service Households, Not Individuals. Here’s How Technology Helps

Wealth management is about trust. It is about giving an advisor control of your financial health and security and depending upon that advisor to make or recommend decisions that help you meet your financial goals. When we, as CRM vendors, focus on features that give our products an edge, we always focus on how specific features can help advisors build more trust. This is what makes relationship hierarchies so important.

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Don’t use the same CRM they use for Hospitality! Use Financial Services CRM

 “VerticalCRM will be the preferred CRM Choice in the next three years”1

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Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment: What’s The Difference?

What’s it all mean?

Continuous Integration lets lots of people work on one project at the same time, while merging their work together in a central place regularly. This maintains the most recent version, so everyone is checking in or out only the latest code.

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Vertical CRM: Because When Did One Size Ever Fit All?

Our CRM capabilities and features are targeted towards a specific set of users, job requirements, or departments within an organization.

How does NexJ do it?

In: Insurance
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For The Record, Continuous Deployment Can Lead To Continuous Benefits!

It makes perfect sense here too, because a Continuous Delivery Pipeline is nothing but a set of steps that code changes must go through to make their way to production. This Pipeline has four elements — Continuous Exploration (CE), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment, and Release on Demand.

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Financial Services Need To Take Compliance Seriously Because The Benefits Are Very Real

We empathize. Really, we do. We are an award-winning software company thanks to CRM products that help financial services organizations globally, which is why we empathize the minute ‘compliance’ is mentioned. 

In: Finance
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Next Best Action: Smarter, Faster, And Really, Really Good For Business

Picture this: You, an advisor at a financial services firm, are interacting with customers. You have at your disposal an enormous amount of information related to their likes and dislikes, along with a comprehensive overview of their finances. 

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Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment

The Financial Services industry is a fast-paced environment. With constantly changing and increasing compliance regulations, client expectations, and access to information, financial services organizations need access to the newest and best tools. 

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NexJ’s Dynamic, Flexible, and Centralized Security Model

The increasing popularity of internet banking and mobile access are paired with increasing regulation and scrutiny. This means both more possibility for issues and more consequences when issues arise. NexJ enables firms to manage and protect information with a robust, centralized security model.

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British Airways Just Learned A Lesson That Financial Institutions Figured Out A Long Time Ago

This is a question that increasingly occupies a lot of minds across industries. For financial service providers, it depends on not just how their customer data is stored and protected, but how it is processed and used on a day to day basis. 

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The Language Around Cloud (And Other Things That Drive Solution Architects Crazy)

I am often reminded of a specific parable whenever someone drops the words 'cloud', 'private cloud', 'hybrid cloud' or 'SaaS'. It's the one about the blind men and an elephant, who describe the animal based on which part of its anatomy they feel, then come to blows because they assume the others are being dishonest. 

In: Insurance
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Are You Ready For Open Banking? Because You Really, Really Should Be

A lot of people have the misconception that getting banks to change is like pulling teeth. It's a misplaced analogy, first because banks really are more open to embracing emerging technologies than most people think, and second because the last time pulling teeth was painful was probably around 1846, when the first successful surgical procedure was performed with anesthesia.

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Invested Users: Best Practices of Maximizing User Adoption, Part 3

In my last blog [Invested Users: Best Practices of Maximizing User Adoption, Part 2], I discussed NexJ's second set of three best practices for user adoption, and why planning, partnering, and encouraging leadership are crucial steps in the process of engaging your users with your CRM.

In: Finance
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Invested Users: Best Practices of Maximizing User Adoption, Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed NexJ's first three best practices of user adoption, and why developing, analyzing, and aligning are crucial steps in the process of engaging your users with your CRM. Today, I'd like to discuss the next three of the 9 best practices for user adoption, which are planning, partnering, and encouraging.

In: Finance
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Next Best Decision Models

Some of you may be familiar with Next Best Action in the context of Sales & Marketing, where the consideration is which offer is most appropriate for which customer at a point in time. Extending Next Best Action to customer service seems a natural progression, considering the service representative is already engaged with the customer, and presuming the interaction went well, means extending the dialog with an appropriate offer. 

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Riding the Wave: Enterprise Computing in 2018

Enterprise computing is undergoing a revolution, but it’s not the first.  It has undergone a number of phases, or waves, throughout its history, each looking to introduce efficiencies in how we work. The first two waves of computing were centered on the back-office. 

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NexJ: Delivering Industry Leading CRM

To deliver optimal value to our customers, NexJ leverages our vast experience in deploying our software at the most recognized financial services firms in the world, our strict focus on addressing the specific business needs of the sub-vertical markets within financial services and our fervent passion for innovation.

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Improve Machine Learning Effectiveness with a Feature Catalogue

Analytics and machine learning are all about data.  The quality and quantity of your data plays a critical role in determining the effectiveness of the models.  But even with reams of the best data, if your process doesn’t use it properly, your results will be dubious.

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Martin Sykora on Data Management Radio-The Rise of Jupyter Notebooks!

http://dmradio.dataversity.net/julia-python-r-the-rise-of-jupyter-notebooks/

Click above to listen to Martin Sykora, on DM Radio. Martin joins the discussion at the ten-minute mark, and for the roundtable discussion at the 49-minute mark!

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The Great Wealth Transfer

In "The Great Wealth Transfer is Coming, Putting Advisers at Risk," an article in Investment News, they pointed out that 66% of heirs fire their parents' financial adviser after they receive an inheritance. Marketing Wiz's "The State of Independent Financial Marketing" whitepaper discusses how every day, $2 billion in assets move from Baby Boomers to Generation X and Generation Y heirs. Combining these two statistics paints a concerning picture for financial advisors. How can Wealth Management firms address the needs of these inheriting children, to prevent losing 66% of their asset base?

In: Finance
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Disruption in Motion: Chief Data & Analytics Officer Financial Conference 2018

The customer experience, now more than ever, is the bar we use to predict the health and growth potential of a business. Most major financial institutions are taking this to heart by adapting their services to deliver the “delightful” customer experience we’ve come to expect as consumers (think Amazon, Netflix, and Uber.) I was reminded of the sea change that is moving our industry towards intelligent customer management while at the Chief Data Analytics Officers (CDAO) event in Boston last month. I contributed to a panel discussion about the emergence of machine learning in financial services, where I was joined by industry peers with first-hand experience transforming their business with data-driven insights. The efforts of fellow panelists and thought leaders, like José Murillo of Banorte, were on full display. Our lively exchange made clear that the disruptive forces of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are here to stay.

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Recapping CDAO: Examining the Transformation of Risk Management

Last week's CDAO presentation on Single-Family Data Governance & Management by Freddie Mac illustrated how traditional back office activities are aligning and impacting front office processes.  We continue our recap of lessons learned at CDAO with this week's focus on risk management. This April, we were delighted to attend as well as participate in the Financial Services-focused Chief Data & Analytics Officer conference in Boston.  This annual gathering brought together senior-level data practitioners in financial services to share their latest innovations, best practices, challenges and use cases.  The concept of monetizing or commercializing data assets is revolutionizing the Financial Services industry by using governed data strategies partnered with business initiatives to realize data-driven transformation benefits.

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Data Governance at CDAO Financial Services Conference Boston

This April, we were delighted to attend as well as participate in the Financial Services-focused Chief Data & Analytics Officer conference in Boston. This annual gathering brought together senior-level data practitioners in financial services to share their latest innovations, best practices, challenges and use cases.

In: Finance
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AI in Financial Services: Work Faster, Better, and Smarter Today.

It’s interesting that artificial intelligence is such a hot topic these days because AI itself is not new. The concept of an ‘artificial brain’ was discussed by scientists in the 1930s. In 1950, Alan Turing created the Turing Test to distinguish machines from ‘thinking’ machines.

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Intelligent Customer Management – The Untapped Value of AI in Wealth Management.

It’s been astonishing to see the amount of media attention around Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent months. From the dystopia of HBO’s Westworld to the hype of Salesforce's Einstein, we’ve been inundated with larger than life claims about AI and its abilities. 

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Operationalize Business Results with Semantic Modelling

The flexibility and cost effectiveness of Apache Hadoop was quickly recognized by many organizations as an effective delivery vehicle to empower business users with operational self-service query and analytic capabilities.  Many organizations established, or are presently establishing, data lakes for operational intelligence query and analytics capabilities for the field personnel who need them most, best understand the data, and are the most capable of actioning insights gleaned. 

In: Finance
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Deciphering Vendor Speak, Part 3: ‘Increase Productivity’

Who doesn’t want their team to work faster? And not just faster, but better as well? It’s what we all want. That’s why ‘increasing productivity’ is a key driver behind many front-office system upgrades. It’s also the reason so many vendors promise productivity improvements. So how do you sort out the empty promises from the legitimate? 

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Thoughts from Digital Integration in Wealth Management 2018

Back for it’s 2nd year, the Digital Integration in Wealth Management conference took place last week in London, UK at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. The two-day event, put on by the folks at Arena Financial, brought together industry thought leaders in Wealth Management.

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AI, Chatbots, and Intelligent Customer Management : Video Primers

Interested in AI, Intelligent Customer Management, or Chatbots, but having a hard time unpacking what they all mean? Adam Edmonds, VP of Products at NexJ Systems, explains everything you need to know in this series of short videos.
 

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Querying the Data Lake

The Apache Open Source contributions to Hadoop are numerous and cover a broad portion of a reference architecture. It has been some time since we considered foundational low cost storage and in-place query capabilities. And as we saw in the "Data Lakes" blog posting, many organizations utilized this foundational offering.

In: Insurance
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Fintech Needs in Wealth Management

Today I’m boarding a plane heading to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s not my first time in the “City of Sin”, in fact I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been, but this trip is different. Tomorrow morning the Gartner Application Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017 #GartnerAPPS begins. These shows are always incredibly insightful.

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Wealth 2.0: Robots, Hybrids, and AI, OH MY!

It was a pleasure to attend the inaugural Wealth 2.0 conference in Canary Wharf, London, UK last week. The two-day event brought together industry leaders from some of the top wealth management firms including Barclays, BNP Paribas, Schroeders, Northern Trust, Rabobank and many more as well as robos like Wealthsimple, Nutmeg and PensionBee. Of course, innovators like NexJ such as SwissQuant and Addativ were there too.

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Intelligent Customer Management

In early November, we welcomed our clients to Toronto for NexJ Client Day. Clients got together to share ideas and discuss the future of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) within financial services. The theme of the day was Intelligent Customer Management.

In: Finance
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It’s All About the Customer

I know, I know… I’m always talking about how it’s the age of the customer and how everything revolves around the customer. Guess what? I don’t just talk about it, I live by it too. Last week, it was my privilege to host our 2017 Client Day here in Toronto. We were joined by senior business and IT leaders from many of our customers from across the globe, across the country, and down the street. 

In: Insurance
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Omni-channel to Omni-digital: The New Normal

PwC's 2017 Digital Banking Consumer Survey summary, "(Don't) take it to the bank: What customers want in the digital age," proposes a new segment of consumers they've called "omni-digital." They define omni-digital customers as those who "don't use physical channels like branches or call centers to interact with their financial institutions." 

In: Insurance
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Strengthen the Advisor-Customer Relationship with Meaningful Non-Financial Touches

I’ve spoken in the past about integrated desktops and the value they bring to advisors and the firm. In essence, the integrated desktop brings together all the information and applications an advisor uses into a single workspace.

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AI & Your Competitive Edge in a Changing Marketplace

In our last post, we looked at the Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms that banks are using to drive their digital initiatives. Now, we come to the central question that banks are faced with: “We have a great brand. How do we grow revenue? And can we increase customer loyalty while doing it?”. 

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Discussing the Future of Wealth Management

This week, we had the privilege of hosting our Future of Wealth Management executive roundtable discussions here in Toronto, with a Canadian audience this time (see the insights from the one in NYC). It was a half-day event aimed at discussing the evolution of the advisor technology landscape, with a focus on customer engagement and relationship management. 

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Will Your AI Strategy Deliver Revenue & Increase Share of Wallet?

As consumers, we use AI platforms every day. Google uses AI to auto-complete your searches. Amazon builds personalized product recommendations based on the things you’ve bought in the past. Did you enjoy House of Cards on Netflix? Give it a 4 star rating and AI will suggest similar content that you’re bound to enjoy.

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Digital Content Part III: Converting Social Posts

This is the third and final post in my series on Digital Content. In the first post, we discussed how your advisors can build a personalized professional brand using NexJ Digital Engagement and Artificial Intelligence. In the second post, we discussed using the same AI tools to deliver personalized touches to your existing clients.

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Digital Content Part II: Customer Engagement

In my previous blog, I discussed the importance of using content to create a personal brand on social media. To recap, NexJ Digital Engagement uses Artificial Intelligence to match articles from public news and internal sources to a profile that is unique to each financial advisor or banker. 

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Insights from In|Vest 2017

This year’s conference was jam-packed full of content. Billed as the event for following innovation in wealth management, this year’s incarnation did not fail to deliver on that. NexJ was among twenty 8-minute “Disrupt Demos” presented this year. It was a great way to get a lightning tour of the industry’s latest and greatest.

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Millennials Are The Future of Wealth Management. Are You Ready to Meet Their Needs?

The wealth management customer base is changing – both in behavior and age. Baby Boomers are shifting from growth to protection strategies or passing their wealth on to younger generations.

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The New Advisor Desktop: it’s not just for desktops anymore

Let’s talk about your desk for a minute. Yes, that’s right. Your desk. That indispensable piece of furniture that provides a home to your computer, cup of coffee, print outs, pens, tchotchkes, and what have you.

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Digital Content Part I: Creating a Strong, Unique Personal Brand

Digital brands are important. In the digital age, customers do research on their financial decisions before they even contact the bank. They Google, talk to friends and colleagues on social networks, and look at the websites for both the institutions and the advisors themselves. When it comes to financial decisions, they are looking for someone they can trust and who will be a partner, not just a vendor. Your institution and your bankers themselves must communicate a unique perspective that makes them stand out from the crowd before the client reaches out directly.

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Financial Services Innovation and Insights

It’s 3:45 a.m. and my alarm is screaming at me to wake up. I reach for my phone to stop the blasphemous racket. By instinct, I manage to shut it off but the noise keeps blaring. I realize that I had set the alarm on my tablet as well. Good thing too, because that's the alarm that brought me to my senses. As someone predisposed to staying up late rather than waking early, the hour is more familiar for being the end of a day than the start of one.

In: Insurance
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