Streamlining Information Governance to increase your Return on Investment

Total Economic Impact research underscores the transformative potential of robust data management strategies in the financial services sector.

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In an age defined by unprecedented, legal, regulatory and cyber data challenges, financial institutions grapple with the imperative of effective information management. The proliferation of disparate data silos over time has not only hindered operational efficiency but posed a potential threat to the integrity of client relationships, particularly in the intricate landscape of financial services.

Addressing this evolving challenge, Forrester Consulting's Total Economic Impact (TEI) study illuminates the significant impact of advanced information governance strategies, emphasising the broader implications for the financial sector's operational landscape.

Key Insights from the Report:

  • Enhanced Document Retrieval Efficiency (40 per cent Improvement): Efforts to streamline document finding processes yield substantial benefits, translating to a $3.1 million saving over three years. This efficiency is paramount in the financial sector where timely access to critical information is a strategic necessity.
  • Improved Cataloging and Understanding of Financial Documents (55 per cent enhancement): The study identifies a 55 per cent improvement in cataloging and understanding financial documents. This enhanced understanding directly contributes to strategic decision-making within financial institutions.
  • Increased Collaboration and Time Savings (26,000 Hours): A total of 26,000 hours saved through improved collaboration over three years. In a sector driven by precision and time-sensitive decisions, this presents a notable advantage.
  • Streamlined Auditing Processes: A 25 per cent reduction in auditing time. The financial industry's stringent regulatory landscape benefits significantly from streamlined compliance processes.
  • Reduced Storage Costs through Digitisation: The study recognises the financial gains achieved by a reduction in storage costs through digitisation, a noteworthy aspect for financial institutions seeking cost-effective solutions.

These findings underscore a broader narrative — the strategic imperative for financial institutions to adopt advanced information governance practices. In the words of one financial industry professional participating in the study, "The value of robust information governance is the insight it provides into our records, enabling us to control access effectively."

Beyond the quantifiable benefits, the study hints at unquantified advantages. These include potential revenue uplift, an improved customer experience, and the generation of more actionable financial insights. As organisations strive for comprehensive solutions, a thought leadership-focused approach to information governance emerges as a strategic necessity.

In adopting advanced information governance practices, financial services organisations not only optimise for immediate cost savings and operational efficiency but also set the stage for a transformative future where data-driven insights become the catalyst for innovation, agility, and informed strategic decision-making.

This strategic approach to information governance, equips these organisations to navigate evolving market landscapes and stay ahead of industry trends. As financial institutions grapple with current economic headwinds, the need to balance stability with innovation becomes increasingly pronounced. High interest rates, inflation, and the looming specter of a potential recession present challenges that demand a delicate balancing act. Despite the prevailing uncertainties, forward-thinking banks recognise the imperative of investing in innovation to prepare for a future economic upturn. This foresightedness prompts exploration of new sources of value, ensuring a proactive stance amid the intricate challenges of the financial services landscape in 2024.

Access the full Forrester TEI report here.

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