I here to give you something you thought you’d lost: time.  I see so many developers in banks working flat out in an attempt to meet the voracious appetite of different parts of the business to bring new apps to market. The success of challenger banks and new fintech entrants means every department is in a hurry, and it seems every project is a priority. But no one can afford to deploy a poorly designed app that could alienate customers or jeopardise customer loyalty.

Mobile devices and the consumerisation of cloud-based applications aimed at the SME market means only one thing for developers: an ever increasing workload that’s stretching thin resources even thinner. In other words, it’s just going to get busier for developers as banks try to play catch up in bridging the digital divide.

So how exactly are you supposed to design, build, and securely synchronise data and processes across cloud, on-premise and third party systems without adding more bodies, more budget or more hours in the day?

We feel your pain. That’s why in conjunction with Efma, we’ve launched the SME AppsBank portal, an online industry portal to address the requirements of banks’ SME businesses. The portal gives you the ability to try out pre-built application and design templates, gamification features, geospatial processing, and predictive analytics capabilities to create the SME app of your choosing.

The SME AppsBank portal also gives you access to a one day on-boarding, design and development session to help kick off your project – also for free. And because we think that hundreds of great minds are better than one, there’s an apps library, where you can share new and existing SME banking apps online, giving you access to the industry-wide innovation of your peers. And while I know I’m somewhat biased, if I do say so myself, it’s kind of a big deal.

In fact, we think the standard of development and innovation will be so high, that we’ve created a global competition to formally recognise the best-in-class business apps worldwide.

Why are we being so generous? Because we want you to experience first-hand just how easy it is to rapidly develop new applications in the cloud, or quickly and securely extend existing ones – either on-premise or in the cloud. In my experience, there’s simply no substitute for putting power, speed and simplicity into the hands of developers and watching the innovation unfold.

I’d urge you to check out the SME AppsBank portal and give it a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can do, and just how much time you’ll save doing it.

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