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The Capital One Merger with Discover Potentially Signals a Shift in the US Banking Landscape | Blog

Capital One’s planned US$35.3 billion acquisition of Discover Financial Services would combine two of the largest credit card companies, creating the most dominant US credit card firm. This deal holds the potential to significantly impact the banking and financial services (BFS) IT services market and providers. Read on to learn the looming risks and what to pay attention to.

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Acquiring Discover would give Capital One access to a credit card network of more than 300 million cardholders. If the Capital One merger clears antitrust regulations, the combined entity would become the sixth-largest US bank by assets and a leading card issuer and network provider for the US payments market.

Let’s explore the following four implications of the Capital One merger on the BFS technology and IT services sectors.

  1. Increased deal activity will help banks sharpen their focus on core operations

Macroeconomic uncertainty and rising interest rates slowed financial services dealmaking in 2023. However, S&P predicts regional and community banks will be interested in mergers of equals this year. In these challenging times, banks want to understand the potential synergies of the merged entities clearly. They also require deeper due diligence than in the past, as exemplified by the failed merger of TD Bank Group and First Horizon.

Traditionally, acquisitions were an opportunity to enter new product lines and geographies, gain new capabilities, and achieve cost savings and operational efficiencies through technology modernization and streamlining processes and systems.

Recent banking sector acquisitions underscore a clear strategic focus on directing resources to targeted areas. Banks are divesting or seeking partners for non-core or insufficiently scaled units that lack a distinct competitive edge and demand substantial investment.

  1. Investments in data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) will rise

Our analysis indicates that merger and acquisition (M&A) activity among regional and community banks will increase, driven by the need to achieve greater scale. This strategic move is essential for these financial institutions to compete effectively with larger players, particularly as customer engagement transitions from physical to digital platforms.

By joining forces, these banks will be better positioned to develop new competencies in data management, AI/ML, open application programming interfaces (APIs), and advanced analytics, aligning with the growing digitalization of banking services. The merged entities will benefit from larger resource pools, facilitating improved alignment between skills and talent.

  1. Service provider portfolios will likely reshuffle

Discover and Capital One have traditionally relied heavily on outsourcing to two or three major service providers. In mergers, providers with significant contracts with both entities typically stand to lose revenue because spending by the merged entity will not be as large as it was under the separate relationships unless they gain wallet share from competitors.

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Suppliers that solely provide services to Discover are at risk of having their portfolio consolidated and moved to Capital One. However, providers who bring intellectual property or a niche capability may maintain the business through the consolidation.

Discussions about increased regulatory scrutiny are emerging, as even the regional banking market is at the cusp of such transactions. Moreover, this transaction can potentially increase competition for giants Mastercard and Visa.

  1. Banks will require substantial consulting and system integration support

M&As spur increased short-term spending on post-merger integration and consulting services. By rationalizing vendor portfolios and IT infrastructures, merged entities can substantially cut costs by eliminating redundant applications and platforms. BFS firms will need partners to devise modernization roadmaps to create long-term value.

Merged entities must swiftly adapt their operational models, delivery strategies, and sourcing decisions to excel in the evolving landscape. Investing in specific technologies and tools is essential to foster growth and ensure operational continuity. Emphasizing core operations becomes a prerequisite as firms assess the appropriate valuation before crafting their integration strategy.

The road ahead for the Capital One merger

Richard Fairbank, founder, chairman, and CEO of Capital One, has emphasized that the merger with Discover presents a unique opportunity to unite two highly successful companies with complementary strengths and franchises.

The Capital One merger aims to establish a payments network capable of rivaling the industry’s most extensive networks and companies. However, the potential impact of increased market concentration from this combination will face regulatory scrutiny.

Providers should closely monitor system integration opportunities, as Capital One plans to expand its 11-year technology transformation initiative to encompass all of Discover’s operations and network.

The new entity will invest in growth initiatives, including faster time-to-market, innovative products and experiences, and personalized real-time marketing efforts. Operationally, underwriting, efficiency, risk management, and compliance enhancements will drive data and technology investments.

We are closely watching the market and regulatory actions. To discuss the Capital One merger and its impact on the US banking landscape, reach out to Ronak Doshi, [email protected], Kriti Gupta, [email protected], or Pranati Dave, [email protected].

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Thriving in the Competitive IT Talent Market: Best-in-Class Approaches | LinkedIn Live

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Thriving in the Competitive IT Talent Market: Best-in-Class Approaches

View the event on LinkedIn, which was delivered live on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

The current scarcity of talent equipped with next-generation technology skills is leading enterprises to rely more on IT service providers for needed capabilities and creating a race for providers to attain top tech talent.

Watch this LinkedIn Live to learn the findings from our recent Talent Readiness for Next-generation IT Services PEAK Matrix® assessment, including insights into the technology talent market, key trends and emerging skills, and the current landscape.

The speakers also discuss IT service providers’ workforce management and development capabilities and talent portfolio rates, as well as provide best-in-class practices that leading IT service providers have adopted to build a sustainable pipeline of high-quality, multi-skilled talent.

What questions does the event answer for the participants?

  • What does the current IT talent market landscape look like?
  • What are the best-in-class workforce management and development approaches of top IT service providers?
  • What is the outlook for the IT talent market, and what challenges lie ahead for IT service providers?
 

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Retail IT Services 

Despite unfavorable macroeconomic conditions, retail enterprises are strategically investing in IT modernization initiatives throughout their value chains. These enterprises are focusing on enhancing customer experience through AI and data analytics, optimizing supply chains with technologies such as IoT and automation, and integrating e-commerce seamlessly.

Their priorities also include strengthening data security, ensuring compliance, and automating manual processes for improved efficiency. Retailers are investing in IT transformations to adapt to market trends, employ data-driven decision-making, and gain a competitive edge through innovation. Recognizing the necessity of agility in a dynamic market, they plan to utilize cutting-edge technology solutions and platforms to promptly respond to evolving consumer preferences and emerging trends.

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In this research, we present an assessment and detailed profiles of 24 service providers featured on the Retail IT Services PEAK Matrix®. Each provider profile provides a comprehensive picture of its service focus, key IP/solutions, domain investments, and case studies.

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  • This report features detailed assessments, including strengths and limitations, of 24 providers that focus on IT transformation services in the retail industry

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The lending industry is currently undergoing a significant transformation, propelled by the increasing demand for technological integration to enhance operational efficiency, user experience, and cost-effectiveness. This shift is largely driven by the widespread adoption of advanced cognitive tools, such as AI and predictive analytics, enabling lenders to improve automated approval rates and gain deeper insights into customer behavior. Additionally, the rise in delinquencies, stemming from a growing disparity between wage growth and expenses, is prompting lenders to embrace more user-friendly online tools for flexible payments.

In response to these challenges, lenders are leveraging cloud computing and alternative data to revolutionize underwriting and data management processes. The introduction of innovative products, such as green mortgages and Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) options, addresses modern consumer demands within a framework aimed at consolidating products for improved efficiency. Moreover, the lending ecosystem is increasingly becoming API-driven, facilitating real-time integrations with third parties and offering flexible customer experiences without the need for costly in-house functionalities. This trend is evident across various sectors, with mortgage lending investing in technology and alternative products and auto financing transitioning toward subscription and shared ownership models. Particularly in commercial and SME lending, there is a noticeable shift toward streamlined online financing experiences and platform modernization.

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  • Assess providers’ key strengths and limitations

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Low-code Technology Providers in Insurance – Products 

In recent years, insurance enterprises have embarked on a modernization spree to improve the experience for both customers and stakeholders. However, the significant surge in costs and unprecedented underwriting losses in these challenging times have intensified the need for an agile, scalable approach to modernization.

Leading insurance organizations are seeking support to manage the technology environment, address the talent shortage, and respond to changing market dynamics. They aim to realize value from existing investments quickly and with minimal complexity in integration or application development. Insurers are increasingly relying on low-code technology for rapid application development, integration, and meeting time-to-market needs. Low-code solutions offer insurers out-of-the-box integrations with their existing technology stack, enable rapid value realization from digitization investments, and eliminate the need for extensive transformation efforts.

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Amid the rapidly evolving technology landscape, enterprises face a primary challenge: the shortage of talent equipped with next-generation skills as they advance in their digital transformation endeavors. This challenge is further exacerbated by the shortening half-lives of skills and higher attrition rate in emerging skills within organizations. To address this challenge, enterprises are seeking IT service providers that have implemented robust talent development and management strategies. These strategies strive to acquire, nurture, and sustain a high-quality, productive, multi-skilled, and diverse workforce to meet evolving talent needs.

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In the past, insurers have embraced cloud technology as one of the prominent technologies. They are aware of the cloud’s potential, which has prompted them to strategize and build new business models that can withstand an unpredictable future. As insurers embark on their next growth phase, the cloud industry is expected to drive cloud spending to future-proof the technology estate, monetize data to generate alternate revenue streams, and rethink value delivery to end customers.

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