The Outlook for Bank Mainframes in 2022 and Beyond

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Should you modernize or outsource your mainframes? This is a question many financial institutions are grappling with. The challenges posed by mainframes are having a serious impact on enterprise digitization strategies and trends in the financial services industry.

Mission-critical applications in some of the world’s largest banking and financial services (BFS) enterprises still run on mainframe computers. Their sheer computing power and robust security features have made them a trusted technology for BFS enterprises that want to scale their operations and ensure their data remains secure without major process breakdowns. The transactional integrity and pervasive encryption that mainframes offer remains unparalleled, and they easily support millions of daily banking transactions and manage critical workflows. The challenge today is the cost and skill needed to maintain them.

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About the authors

Owen Wheatley

Owen Wheatley

What he does at ISG

To say Owen Wheatley comes prepared to work through your operational concerns and transformational needs is an understatement. As ISG’s Lead Partner of Banking and Financial Services, he treats his 25+ years of experience in this ever-evolving, customer-centric field as a replete lexicon of applicable knowledge, relevant learnings and potentially executable solutions. In doing so, he makes the ethereal and theoretical, actual and obtainable.

Past achievements for clients

Knowledge-sharing is second nature to Owen. He provides his clients with market insights and meaningful thought leadership and helps them understand what similar (or different) organizations in comparable situations have done regarding transformational change. Many of Owen’s clients have sought his expertise to strengthen their customer engagement on the digital front, enhance the employee experience to improve the customer one and navigate new ecosystems—like integrating emerging partnerships—endemic to the industry. He makes sure that untangling this complexity and harnessing your new relationships always lead to your number one goal: driving better results for your banking or financial institution. In fact, Owen:

  • Led a consulting team to design a commercially groundbreaking and elaborate deal for one of the largest hedge funds in the world to reimagine its middle and back-office operations, lessen the bureaucratic demand on the front office and serve institutional clients better. The measures of success for this co-designed and collaborative project included defined stages of excellence and experience metrics, delivered in a commercial model which positions all parties for success.

  • Managed a large team of advisors to provide market insight and an "outside-in" perspective to multiple major North American banks looking to transform their operations, including indirect auto lending, core banking, cheque processing and the entire cash ecosystem.

  • Led a team of experts in helping to transform the HR technology and operations of a major European bank, including designing the right strategy, creating the roadmap and business case, selecting the right partners for a new ecosystem and ensuring expedited and effective implementation.

Sowmiya Bakthavatchalam

Sowmiya Bakthavatchalam

As Senior Lead Analyst at ISG Research, Sowmiya is responsible for providing insightful thought leadership in the Banking & Financial Services industry. Her expertise spans all major trends, including the latest technologies and their use cases, and her research has been instrumental in amplifying ISG’s market messages. Sowmiya has particular interest and depth of understanding emerging topics, such as the metaverse and is shaping the way many industry analysts are viewing that topic.