10 questions for Ignasi Martín, Chief Digital Officer at MoraBanc

10 questions for Ignasi Martín, Chief Digital Officer at MoraBanc

In late December, MoraBanc received two international prizes awarded by the prestigious World Finance magazine: Best Digital Bank in Andorra and Best Banking Application in Andorra.

We sat down with Ignasi Martín, Chief Digital Officer at MoraBanc and manager of the bank’s digital transformation, who told us all about this important initiative.

What do these two awards represent for you?

Enormous satisfaction. They represent recognition of the effort, the job well done and the excellent collaboration among various multidisciplinary work teams, both internal and external, who were involved in creating MoraBanc Digital and made it possible for us to launch over ten strategic digital transformation initiatives in record time.

How did MoraBanc’s digital transformation start?

The project started at the end of 2014, when the MoraBanc Board of Directors presented and approved a digital transformation plan for the group and the creation of the Digital Banking Office, a project I took the reins of in late January 2015.

Once the digital strategy was defined, one of the most innovative companies in Design Thinking designed a conceptualization project for our digital identity. This part of the process was extremely enriching and made it possible to engage in co-creation with all the bank’s stakeholders, including our clients.

This is where our flagship project, MoraBanc Digital, was born. Rollout began in May 2015 with a new channel technology platform and with the online banking administration module.

We launched the new public website in July 2016 and MoraBanc Online and MoraBanc App on December 20 of that same year.

Equip MoraBanc Digital - Premis World Finance
The Digital Banking team: Nathalie Blasi, Ignasi Martín and Jessica Reynoso, holding the prizes awarded by World Finance .

Of all the projects you’ve launched on the market, which ones would you like to especially mention?

It’s been a non-stop two years. We’ve launched new projects or incorporated new features into our online banking system, apps and public website practically every month.

Today we have the highest-valued public website in the Andorran market and an easy and practical online bank that satisfies the needs of a range of cilent profiles (home economics, business and investment profiles).

Our banking apps, designed for the daily management of personal finances and adapted for smartphones with iOs and Android operating systems, now account for 45% of access to our online bank.

Among the most important projects we have incorporated is the investment module, which makes it possible for users to check their stocks and buy and sell shares in major global markets, as well as MoraBanc Group investment funds through an enhanced user experience complete with access to information and interactive graphics. This enhanced value is rounded out by one of the most comprehensive online brokers in the European financial sector, and clients on both our public website and online bank can build virtual investment portfolios and also configure market alerts.

A couple of months ago we also added the direct debit feature and receipt return transactions.

In online business banking, in 2017 we’ve also added parking meter and provider payments to the regular file management transactions (transfers, payrolls, direct debits, commercial bills, etc.), parking remittance and reverse factoring, along with the online check/invoice creation tool.

Which project are you happiest with?

In general, all the projects within the scope of MoraBanc Digital have been very rewarding in all aspects. However, the one I feel most pleased about is our banking app project. In my opinion, MoraBanc’s mobile banking is one of the most innovative and usable solutions on the market that not only offers a complete range of operations for both accounts and cards but stocks consultation and buying and selling functions as well.

Mobile banking provides the client with the power of ubiquity. You can control your finances 365 days a year, anytime and anywhere.

Have you used new work methods to optimize project management?

Yes. We have integrated innovative methods in product and service design and creation processes at practically every stage of the project, strategies like Design Thinking and Agile within the Scrum framework, which is specifically used for collaborative software design with multidisciplinary and multi-localized teams.

The use of these strategies has allowed us to launch digital products and services more efficiently and quickly than ever before and with very satisfactory results.

And new technologies as well?

Yes, of course. Both for MoraBanc Digital work processes and its technological solutions.

When you work with teams that are located in different places, it is necessary to rely on tools that allow you to collaborate and control projects at a distance.  For this we use a range of software and innovative platforms to manage projects and tasks and for the planning and analysis of project deviations.

Our website, online banking and mobile applications also incorporate innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning, which allow us to offer a more integrated and much more personalized experience for each user.

Do you think that the client experience has improved as a result of this project?

A lot. Simplicity, security, functionality, clarity and transparency are now enhanced.

Our project is client-focused, and in order to satisfy this much more demanding and informed digitalized client we have launched initiatives that make the processes simpler and clearer, we have increased the levels of online security for enhanced reliability, and added new features in both online and mobile banking. In addition, we have facilitated access to much more financial and tax information and we transparently inform clients of the commissions and expenses involved with different banking operations.

Have you encountered resistance to digital change?

Yes, it’s normal. Every organization that face a deep digital transformation we will find resistance to change, both internal and external. Many people are afraid of change: to face uncertainty, the unknown, the expectation of loss of past benefits or the status quo. As Benjamin Disraeli said: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant”. The best we can do is accept it and learn to live with it.

Resistance to change is part of the digital transformation process. It is important to know how to manage fears, communicate extremely well and involve people and their opinions in project development and problem resolution.

Grupo trabajo MB Digital
Part of the team that worked on the MoraBanc Digital project,  in one of the design phases.

What new initiatives will you launch in 2018?

We have drawn up a very ambitious action plan, which includes new client-relationship models that offer personalized experiences focused on client needs.  We will also improve processes, moving towards a “paperless” vision that makes a 100% digital banking experience possible, and access to other digital services that will help us increase client satisfaction.

How do you see the future of the digitalization of Andorran banking?

Becoming a digital bank is no longer optional. The process goes far beyond a new online banking or a mobile application. It will impact the processes and operations of back-office departments, distribution models, costs, revenues, the way we work and client experience.

The Andorran bank will have to address five challenges:

· Excellence in the analysis and management of client data to offer customized, contextualized and real-time value propositions.

· Simply, clearly and seamlessly digitalize the paperless process of contracting products and clients in a way that attracts clients, in order to offer a differential client experience.

· Digitalize the back-office administrative and operational processes through new technologies or deeply transform current computer systems to make them more efficient and increase service quality.

· Collaborate or form partnerships with new digital providers in order to respond to the demands of clients in terms of new financial services or to innovate at a faster rate.

· Rethink the distribution model to align it with both younger and older clients through the optimization of client relationship channels, in which the role of bank branches will continue to be relevant, although banks must quickly adapt to clients’ new financial consumption habits.

 

At MoraBanc, digital transformation has become a central and ongoing project. MoraBanc Digital is born from this desire for change, a clear commitment to financial innovation and to offer the best multi-channel experience in Andorran banking. Learn more about this important project on our website .

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