ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy, recently ventured into India’sfinancial capital and set up a new office to cater to its BFSI clientele. As part of ThoughtWorks’ continued growth in India, the Mumbai office offers clients technology consulting, product-driven strategies and platform thinking to thrive in a sector that is heavily driven by cutting-edge technology demands.
ThoughtWorks’ new office will accelerate engagements with Indian Business Houses (IBHs) by providing digital and data management capabilities at scale and by mobilizing emerging tech like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for FinTech businesses. The investment in the new geography supports ThoughtWorks’ vision of revolutionizing India’s BFSI industry through tech excellence and data driven insights. ThoughtWorks’ proven presence in the financial services sector comes from working with several global financial institutions and their captive centers on strategic digital transformation journeys in both Mumbai and Pune.
Speaking on the company’s plans to strengthen its foothold in the sector, Sudhir Tiwari – Managing Director, ThoughtWorks in India said, ”The Indian BFSI industry is experiencing a seismic shift. Banks are turning to digital natives like ThoughtWorks to build digital platform capabilities and deliver exceptional service at scale. Banks are working on the business imperative of creating futuristic systems and architecture by putting technology at the core of their organization. For us and our India growth plans, Mumbai, India’s financial capital, makes perfect sense as the next step. We are delighted to set foot into the city and leverage our more than 25 years of tech expertise here.”
ThoughtWorks’ Mumbai office is located at the Hiranandani Business Park in Powai and serves as a launchpad for experienced technologists and full stack developers. ThoughtWorks will also invest in nurturing its employees through high intensity training and programmes. The Mumbai center will initially be supported by ThoughtWorks’ Pune office, with plans to further expand its workforce in the city.
This recent addition takes the total number of ThoughtWorks’ India offices to seven, with the other six spread across Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, and Pune.
Ideanomics Rounds Out NEVC Offerings, Updates Unit Name to New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS)
Ideanomics Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) has today announced the formation of New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS), a service company proving comprehensive and commercial solutions that include Marketing, Financial Services, Technology and Infrastructure for the New Energy Transportation Services industry with.
This newly-formed group will be domiciled in Singapore to embrace the global business ex-China, beginning with Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries. From Asean, the company plans to expand its substantial commercial offerings into other regions, including North America and Europe, to develop and support cleantech commercial vehicle markets. The NETS Group is focusing its full-service model of ‘Sales-to-Financing-to-Charging networks (S2F2C) in efforts to support the full value chain of the cleantech commercial vehicle industry. As the new energy transportation markets continue to gain momentum globally, we expect our sales from the NETS Group to grow significantly by the end of 2020 and with it the potential to spin-off what is anticipated to a highly profitable division to create additional shareholder value.
According to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report “…commercial electric van and truck sales are set to accelerate in the 2020s,” and “By 2040, it’s expected that 56% of light commercial vehicle sales and 31% of medium commercial vehicles in China, the U.S. and Europe to be electric.”
The NETS Group is positioning to become a global leader in the sourcing, sales, and debt and equity financing of global new energy transportation solutions; to help streamline the adoption of cleantech commercial vehicles, and associated infrastructure, and to support the rapid adoption of new energy passenger vehicles, globally.
The NETS Group competitive advantage will be improved pricing through volume discount from factory to customer direct group-based purchasing, improved financing rates and availability, and will have the ability to procure a full range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers through a single point of service in ASEAN, European, and North American markets.
“Having recently began to refer to this business unit as the NEVC Group, we took a step back and considered what additional services and solutions we needed to round out the offering,” said Alf Poor. “With the continued interest in light rail and heavy municipal vehicles, such as garbage and fire trucks, as part of our audience’s transportation planning objectives, we understood that a full-service solution would need to include light rail, and the power infrastructure required for the different forms of new energy transportation from rail to the fast-charging networks needed to support the different types of commercial vehicles required for tomorrow’s transportation needs.”
The NETS Group continues to expand and grow its new energy commercial vehicle strategic industry alliances within the new energy commercial transportation ecosystem with partners and market leaders such as JAC, Beijing Foton, Yinlong, and BYD. The NETS Group will continue to grow this alliance and add new strategic partners and market leaders, and grow its offerings, enterprise operational tools, and commercial support to fuel the fast and growing demand.
“Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly import role the New Energy Transportation Services industry. Our world-class AI offerings from our subsidiary ‘Intelligenta’ will support this commercial level smart integration needed for a successful go to market strategy,” said Poor.
The NETS Group plans to leverage its full-service model with all stakeholders involved in transportation planning, from local, regional, and national governments, through to private enterprise groups supporting travel and tourism. This will help to establish a cost-efficient underwriting model that will provide a streamlined path for the adoption and transformation to cleantech from urban transportation’s current reliance on fossil fuels.
360Quadrants Recognizes IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce as Visionary Leaders in the AI in Fintech Space
AI in Fintech solutions are used by enterprises to perform finance-related tasks that traditionally require human intelligence. These solutions leverage AI-equipped technology to allow the financial sector to design better investment strategies, swiftly detect anomalies, recognize patterns in data, implement voice recognition, and engage in thorough market analysis. Simply put, the AI in Fintech market hosts vendors that provide AI-enabled Fintech solutions.
360Quadrants the most granular comparison platform has released a quadrant on AI in Fintech Solutions to help businesses make quicker and more informed decisions. The quadrant has IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce sharing space as Visionary Leaders. 360Quadrants are generated post analysis of companies (product portfolios and business strategy). Quadrants will be updated every three months based on market and regional analysis and developments in AI in Fintech.
AI in Fintech Solutions Quadrant Highlights
360Quadrants covers 79 companies in the AI in Fintech Solutions space and places the top 44 of them in a quadrant depending on their quality, reliability, and business outcome. These 44 companies are categorized into Visionary Leaders, Dynamic Differentiators, Emerging Companies, and Innovators.
360Quadrants recognizes Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick, Amazon AWS Alexa, Salesforce Einstein, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, and IBM Watson Platform as Visionary Leaders; IPSoft Amelia, ComplyAdvantage, Nuance Virtual Assistance, Inbenta InbentaBot, Digital Reasoning Conduct Surveillance as Innovators; Samsung and Microstrategy HyperIntelligence as Dynamic Differentiators; and DataRobot, Razorthink Big Brain, Numenta HTM for Stocks suite, Anodot AI Analytics, Brighterion Smart Agents, Kasisto Kai Banking, Next IT Alme, ZestFinance ZAML, Ayasdi Enterprise AI, Voyager Analytics, AlphaSense and Wallet. AI as Emerging Companies. The 360Quadrants platform provides the most granular AI in Fintech Solutions comparisons between vendors.
Additionally, 360Quadrants has dived deep into research and released a niche region-specific quadrant. This quadrant recognizes the top player in the market in specific regions. The regional quadrant covers North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, MEA, and Latin America. Intensive research was conducted to place companies in regional quadrants based on their developments, presence—both online and physical—and support/reach in specific regions. IBM Watson, Salesforce, and Microsoft are recognized as Visionary Leaders across regions. In the North America and Asia Pacific regions, Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick is recognized as a Visionary Leader by 360Quadrants. Finally, for Latin America and MEA, 360Quadrants recognizes AWS as a Visionary Leader.
The methodology used to rank AI in Fintech Solutions companies involved the use of extensive secondary research to identify key vendors by referring to annual reports, press releases, investor presentations, white papers, and various related directories and databases. 44 key vendors were shortlisted based on their breadth of product offerings, organization size, and other criteria. The scores and weights for shortlisted vendors against each parameter were finalized post research. After the finalization of ratings, each vendor was placed in the most relevant quadrant based on their score in the product offering and business strategy parameters.
Infinicept Achieves 5X Growth Putting FinTech and SaaS Companies on the Fast Track as Payment Facilitators
As the payment facilitator market continues its trajectory of nearly 80% CAGR, representing $500 billion in total transaction volume by 2021, Infinicept is quickly capturing market share as the first and only open, agnostic payment facilitator platform. Since the company’s launch in 2012, Infinicept has helped fast track over 200 payment facilitators by offering consulting services and products that greatly reduce the time it takes to embed payment acceptance into software offerings. This momentum continues in 2019 as Infinicept records 500 percent growth in revenue and customer acquisition.
Recognizing the potential for further growth, Mastercard has invited Infinicept to join Start Path, a six month program that connects innovative later-stage startups to Mastercard’s global ecosystem.
“Having evaluated 10,000 startups from across the globe, we are always adding ground-breaking entrepreneurs to our network of innovators,” said Amy Neale, Mastercard vice president and global lead for Start Path. “Mastercard Start Path companies today are later-stage startups reaching unicorn status, entering the public markets and co-creating with world-renowned financial services firms to deliver real solutions for consumers.”
As the payment facilitator model matures, hundreds of thousands FinTech and software as a service (SaaS) companies worldwide are realizing they can provide a better customer experience and increase revenues and valuation by becoming a payment facilitator. The main obstacle being the time it takes to become a payment facilitator and the risks that come with onboarding submerchants. Payment Facilitator in a Box was developed by Infinicept to provide companies with the merchant underwriting and back office platform they need to easily get up and running—in weeks, not years.
Infinicept has already attracted customers in a variety of vertical markets who recognize the benefits and return on investment (ROI) this payment model offers. Signed customers include businesses in retail, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, events and many more.
“Within the healthcare industry, there is a huge demand for a more positive payment experience. Patients expect modern, intuitive payment tools and large health systems need the flexibility to respond to their patients’ financial needs by rolling out consumer-friendly payment options across their enterprise,” said Alan Nalle, Chief Strategy Officer of Patientco. “Leveraging Infinicept’s innovative Payment Facilitator in a Box, Patientco simplifies the complexities of implementing, managing and scaling new payment technology for health systems while providing a superior financial experience that today’s patients expect.”
“FinTech and SaaS companies see the value of integrating merchant acceptance, underwriting, onboarding and back office operations into their products, but in order to do that, they need a supporting platform that reduces the complexities of it and works with any bank, processor, gateway or CRM they choose,” said Deana Rich, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Infinicept. “Achieving 500 percent revenue growth and joining the Mastercard Start Path program confirms Infinicept is on the right path to fill a critical market need for FinTech and SaaS companies. Our engineering team and partners have done a great job delivering a dynamic suite of open and automated services that provide an operational backbone for any company looking to take the simple path to becoming a payment facilitator.”
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