The internet has played a colossal role in this era, whether it’s related to personal lives or business lives. We are existing in a digital world where digital services are part of our daily lives from ordering food, booking transport, trading stocks and even banking.
“Mobile devices, high-speed data communication, and online commerce are creating expectations that convenient, secure, real-time payment and banking capabilities should be available whenever and wherever they are needed.” - Jerome Powell (Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA)
Banking services are being digitized for identification of customers, providing customized services, automate minor tasks as well as prevent fraud and theft. In order to do so, digital banking has used pins, passwords and has now turned to biometric technology, which has become an integral part of online and mobile banking.
One of the main concerns of digitization is the security threat which comes with it. Malicious software, spyware and viruses are said to have increased by 54% which threaten not just laptops but mobile phones as well.
Banking is the one industry known for their limited hours of operation. This would be wearisome as formerly, it would be necessary to go to the bank for something as simple as checking the account balance. The unending lines, long wait for information and sometimes being given the run-around by staff.
In today’s world, with all the digital advancement, customers do not need to physically go to a bank to complete transactions anymore. This is a boon as it saves time and transactions can be completed, bank statements checked, money transferred and more, all with the click of buttons.
The world of banking has gone mobile and most people complete all transactions using their banking apps on mobile devices. This trend has been on the rise and the banking industry needs to adapt and advance to deliver a smooth and satisfactory experience to the customers they no longer interact with.
Nearly 68% of Canadians use mobile banking on a weekly basis and only 16% are said to actually visit banks. The Canadian banking industry would needs to take appropriate steps to ensure customer needs and demands are met. They would need to adopt digital transformation programs, focusing on mobile app enhancement and development to provide a seamless banking experience.