Real-Time Payments by 2018?

Survey highlights greater demand for mobile and more

NAPLES, Fla. -- Real-time payments--including mobile wallet--are expected to be universally available across financial services institutions within five years, according to a recent survey by ACI Worldwide. More than 200 financial industry professionals from around the world participated in the September 2013 survey, and more than 80% believe the shift from batch to real-time--authorizing and executing transactions, securely and immediately--is within sight.

Survey highlights greater demand for mobile and more

However, before real-time payments become mainstream or even somewhat adopted, banks must remove silos. More than two-thirds (77%) of respondents believe operating in silos is the biggest hindrance to increased innovation. Introducing new concepts and regulatory updates are increasingly difficult due to multiple silos. Migrating to a responsive, enterprise payments platform, with the potential to scale, allows financial institutions to more readily address emerging opportunities such as real-time, online payments and mobile. 

“We’ve long anticipated the move toward real-time payments, and the response from both these survey participants and the community at large further validates our belief,” said Paul Thomalla, senior vice president and managing director of EMEA, ACI Worldwide.

Nearly 65% of respondents believe that a fuller mobile/tablet banking experience will be the most in-demand request from corporate customers in the next five years. Mobile devices are quickly becoming the desired vehicle for executing corporate banking activities, such as initiating and approving wire payments and monitoring cash flow.

“The same desire for convenience and anywhere, anytime access that has made mobile banking and payments popular among consumers is also fuelling the demand for a rich corporate mobile banking experience, as noted by the survey results,” said Thomalla. “Corporate mobile banking needs to be a seamless part of a larger online banking strategy. To drive the necessary innovation, successful companies will take a universal, enterprise-wide approach to payments infrastructure.”

Other findings:

  • 83% predict real-time payments will become reality within five years.
  • 77% agree siloed processes stifle innovation.
  • 64% believe customers will demand a fuller corporate mobile banking experience within the next five years.

ACI Worldwide, Naples, Fla., powers electronic payments and banking for more than 2,600 financial institutions, retailers, billers and processors around the world. ACI software enables $13 trillion in payments each day, processing transactions for more than 250 of the leading global retailers, and 18 of the world’s 20 largest banks.

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