Top 10 ways edge computing can revolutionize financial services

  • January 02, 2024

In the rapidly evolving landscape of finance and technology, edge computing has emerged as a game-changer, providing unprecedented opportunities for the banking and financial services industry. This blog post explores a compelling use case where edge computing, hybrid infrastructure and corporate actions converge to revolutionize how financial institutions process and respond to critical events.

Understanding Edge Computing

At its core, edge computing represents a paradigm shift in how computing resources are deployed. Unlike traditional centralized data centers, edge computing brings processing capabilities closer to end-users, enabling real-time data capture, analysis and decision-making. This strategic placement reduces latency, enhances speed and increases operational efficiency. While edge computing has found its footing in various sectors like manufacturing, retail and energy, its transformative potential in financial services is gaining traction.

Impact on financial services

1. Improved speed and reduced latency: In financial transactions, every millisecond counts. Edge computing processes data near its source, minimizing the time taken to transmit information to central data centers. This is crucial for time-sensitive transactions, providing quicker and more efficient services.
2. Real-time analytics: For activities like fraud detection and algorithmic trading, edge computing allows financial institutions to analyze data in real time. This leads to quicker decision-making and more immediate responses to market changes.
3. Increased reliability and uptime: Decentralizing processing reduces dependence on central data centers, providing more consistent service availability even in the face of central outages.
4. Cost efficiency: Edge computing reduces the need for transmitting large volumes of data to the cloud, resulting in lower bandwidth usage and decreased costs. It also streamlines the usage of centralized computing resources.
5. Scalability and flexibility: Financial institutions can scale their IT infrastructure more efficiently, responding rapidly to changing market demands.
6. Enhanced customer experience: Faster processing capabilities enable banks to provide quicker services, improving overall customer satisfaction.
7. IoT integration: Edge computing supports the processing of large volumes of data generated by IoT devices, offering innovative services and operations.
8. Regulatory compliance: Processing and storing data locally helps financial institutions follow region-specific data residency and privacy laws.
9. Support for new technologies: Edge computing facilitates the deployment of AI and machine learning models at the local level, enabling personalized and efficient client services.
10. Business continuity: In the event of network issues or cyberattacks, edge computing protects critical banking functions to remain operational.

Edge computing meets corporate actions.

Corporate actions, company-initiated events that impact stakeholders (such as mergers and acquisitions and dividend payments), introduce a complex processing challenge for financial institutions. Edge computing proves to be a transformative solution in handling these actions efficiently. By processing corporate actions locally at the point of origin, efficiency and immediacy are greatly enhanced. This decentralized approach allows tailored rules specific to each region to govern corporate action event processing, providing compliance with diverse regulatory requirements.

Advantages of edge computing in corporate actions

1. Speeding up transaction processing: Edge computing processes complex transactions closer to data sources, accelerating the entire process for actions like mergers, acquisitions or stock splits.
2. Enhanced data analysis for decision making: Quick access to accurate financial data is crucial for informed decision-making during corporate events. Edge computing enables faster data analysis.
3. Improved risk management: Real-time analysis of market data and internal risk indicators enhances the monitoring and management of risks associated with corporate actions.
4. Real-time compliance monitoring: For heavily regulated corporate actions, edge computing allows real-time monitoring and reporting to provide compliance with relevant regulations.
5. Increased data security and privacy: Edge computing processes and stores data locally, reducing the risk of data breaches during transmission, which is crucial for sensitive corporate information.
6. Better stakeholder communication: Faster processing of financial information enables timely and accurate communication with shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders during major corporate actions.
7. Efficient integration of mergers or acquisitions: Edge computing facilitates smoother integration of IT systems by handling data processing and analysis more locally and flexibly.
8. Agility in market responses: Edge computing supports agility in processing and responding to market data, which is crucial during corporate restructuring or strategic shifts.
9. Facilitating global operations: For multinational corporations, edge computing localizes data processing, providing faster and more efficient operations across different regions while following local data regulations.

The architecture of edge computing in corporate actions

The conceptual architecture of an edge computing and hybrid infrastructure for corporate actions involves various components strategically placed to optimize processing efficiency. These include data sources and edge devices; regional edge servers, storage and data center responsible for capturing and processing data and a centralized cloud infrastructure for final processing, decision-making and global rule processing.

The actual implementation of this architecture requires careful consideration of factors such as processing volumes, business processing requirements, local and global rules and compliances, regulatory reporting, audit, security and the capabilities of the service provider. NTT DATA, with its expertise in hybrid infrastructure, edge computing and financial services, stands out as a reliable partner to guide organizations through this transformative journey.

Navigating the future with edge computing

The convergence of edge computing, hybrid infrastructure and corporate actions presents a transformative opportunity for the banking and financial services industry. Edge computing's ability to capture and process data locally unlocks unprecedented efficiency, reduces latency and bolsters responsiveness, providing a strategic edge for financial institutions. While embracing edge computing in corporate actions offers immense advantages, organizations must carefully consider implementation costs and the suitability for global actions. By exploring innovative approaches and partnering with experienced service providers like NTT DATA, financial institutions can harness the full potential of edge computing, positioning themselves for success in the dynamic, ever-evolving financial landscape.

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Renny Jose Thoppil

Renny Jose is a TOGAF Certified Solution Architect with more than 20 years of industry experience; providing banking and healthcare solutions in securities and capital markets (trading and settlements), payments, retail banking and collateral management across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Renny Jose has been a developer, technical architect and solution architect, and has led various organizational and center of excellence building initiatives. He also built an electronic patient health record system powered by analytics and machine learning techniques through his own start-up.

Madhusudhan Magadi

Madhusudhan is an accomplished professional with more than a decade of experience in technology strategy and agile methodologies. With a proven track record of driving revenue growth and cost savings, he has led cross-functional teams in delivering innovative solutions for Fortune 500 financial leaders. Madhusudhan's expertise spans across digital transformations, payment solutions, core banking and more, resulting in significant savings for his clients.


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