The future of the payments industry will be shaped by a range of disruptive themes, with cloud computing being one of the themes that will have a significant impact on payments companies. 

Computing delivered as an online service. It encompasses the provision of IT infrastructure, operating software, middleware, and applications hosted within a data centre and accessed by the end user via the internet. The cloud can help banks to address these issues at a cheaper price and often quicker than the alternatives.  

The cloud can offer quick and agile deployment of cybersecurity. By using cloud managed services, a bank can outsource its cybersecurity management at a lower cost. The outsourcing of infrastructure management allows a bank’s IT team to focus on the development of new products, increasing their productivity and helping to speed up the bank’s digital transformation. The cloud offers unmatched scalability that can be used ad-hoc. Banks can use this to develop products faster; and ensure that they can access technologies such as big data and AI with ease. The carbon footprint of a bank’s data centres will also be reduced with a move to the cloud. 

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However, not all companies are equal when it comes to their capabilities and investments in the key themes that matter most to their industry. Understanding how companies are positioned and ranked in the most important themes can be a key leading indicator of their future earnings potential and relative competitive position.  

According to GlobalData’s thematic research report, Cloud Computing in Banking, leading adopters include: Amazon, Alphabet, Ant Group, Mastercard, Tencent, Revolut and ACI Worldwide.  

Insights from top ranked companies  

Amazon 

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon, provides a comprehensive range of cloud infrastructure and platform services. These include compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, augmented reality and virtual reality, robotics, machine learning, hybrid and management tools, content delivery, media services, customer engagement, app streaming and security, identity and compliance, and serverless computing. The company is widely perceived as not just the market leader in on-demand compute and storage services but as the market maker in IaaS. While not on par with some pure-play rivals for point offerings such as application programming interface (API) management, solutions are very capable and well enough integrated to put AWS in the top tier of platform providers. 

Alphabet  

Google is a leading provider of search and internet advertising services and, more recently, a viable platform services rival to AWS and Microsoft Azure. Google Cloud Platform’s revamped multi-cloud management capabilities for managing rival clouds and new microservices service mesh functions are triggering interest from key infrastructure partners, including Cisco, that view the company as an alternative to AWS and Azure. Under the leadership of CEO Thomas Kurian, who joined in January 2019, Google Cloud has experienced a resurgence, driven by a tighter focus on key developer technologies and important supporting acquisitions, such as Looker.  

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing in Banking.

  • Apple
  • Block
  • Stripe
  • Paytm
  • Adyen
  • Z Holdings
  • Worldline
  • SumUp
  • Amex
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Meta
  • Monese
  • JCB
  • FIS
  • Discover
  • Verifone
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Fiserv
  • Global Payments
  • SecurePay
  • Barclays
  • Danske
  • WorldRemit
  • Nets
  • Wise
  • MoneyGram
  • Western Union
  • Pax Technology

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard ranks companies within a sector based on their overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of their future earnings and relative position within key strategic areas.