The Financial Services industry needs to innovate to survive. Innovative solutions tend to come from FinTechs. FinTechs are however, high growth software businesses that have much higher failure rates than conventional suppliers[i]. This translates into a risk premium for purchasers of their solutions in engaging with early stage software businesses.
Decision makers in firms would prefer to source their innovation from established suppliers, who usually aren’t able to offer it because they are large corporations themselves. This is the Innovation Paradox, which is the Buyer’s dilemma. It is also of concern to the regulators[ii].
TDH resolves this paradox via our platform-based solution. Our proprietary algorithm quantifies small company operational, commercial and financial risk. Financial Institutions can now adopt innovation faster and more cost-effectively than before and then, post procurement, manage the consequent FinTech third-party supply chain risk.
[i] 60% of B2B software providers fail in their first five years according to TDH research.
[ii] The operational resilience of firms is a priority for supervisory authorities and in the UK is viewed as no less important than financial resilience. Outsourced and critical service providers must meet the same requirements as internally provided services. The European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines on outsourcing entered into force on 30 September 2019 – the FCA have adopted them and are likely to tighten them in upcoming directives.
TDH helps firms to meet these regulatory requirements via:
· Pre-onboarding risk assessments
· Monitoring the risks presented by FinTech suppliers on an ongoing basis
· Identifying alternative providers and pre-engaging risk assess them using TDH database and ratings for exit planning purposes.