SOUTH AFRICA – Standard Bank Group has announced that it has selected Amazon’s on-demand cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) as its preferred cloud services provider.
The bank said it is looking forward to utilizing the platform to migrate its production workloads, including its customer facing platforms and strategic core banking applications to the cloud.
Standard Bank Group will leverage AWS services, including data analytics and machine learning, to automate financial operations and enhance customer facing web and mobile applications.
The migration to AWS will take place across all business units, subject to approvals from local regulators, including Personal Banking, Wealth, Corporate Investment Banking, and Insurance, driving a more personalized banking and investment experience for customers.
Standard Bank Group said it chose AWS because of its broad and deep portfolio of cloud services, overall commitment to security excellence, and strong financial services experience.
“Our vision is to be Africa’s leading financial services organisation and to achieve this we have chosen to work with the world’s leading cloud,” said Sim Tshabalala, Group CEO of Standard Bank.
“For Standard Bank Group to remain a leader in African financial services, we recognize we need to adopt a cloud-first approach to our business.
AWS Cloud technology will create a springboard for Standard Bank Group, helping us to rapidly roll out our digitisation and data strategy to better cater to customers whose needs are constantly evolving.
The combination of AWS’s rapid agility and high levels of security, combined with Standard Bank’s customer obsession and desire to constantly raise the bar, will allow us to build Africa’s financial services organisation of the future and to be positioned as more than a bank.”
The South African Reserve Bank also confirmed Standard Bank Group can make the move to AWS while still meeting all current compliance requirements.
Standard Bank Group will take advantage of advanced analytics and machine learning services, including Amazon SageMaker, to advance fraud detection and launch new business initiatives, such as machine learning-based advisor capabilities that will help customers make more informed financial decisions.
As part of the move, an AWS Cloud Center of Excellence will be established within the bank, featuring a dedicated team focused on facilitating the migration to the cloud and building AWS training and certification programs to up-skill all employees.
AWS and Standard Bank Group will also collaborate on building an education and digital skills program, to be launched across Southern Africa, to train the next generation of African cloud experts.
“The cloud is transforming the financial services industry as organizations look for new ways to enhance customer experiences, and power their entire enterprise operations more efficiently and effectively on the world’s leading cloud,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services.
“Standard Bank Group has been a trusted financial institution for more than 150 years. We look forward to working closely with them as they become Africa’s first bank in the cloud, leveraging AWS to innovate new services at a faster clip, maintain operational excellence, and provide secure banking services to customers around the world.”