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Is Knowledge Management A Key Factor To Drive Digitalization In The Finance Sector?

by / ⠀Finance / May 4, 2022
Knowledge Management

Banking, investing, insurance, credit cards, tax preparation, accountancy, and asset management primarily rely on documentation. Because of this, the knowledge management techniques emphasize features such as version control, trust, transparency, and compliance.

AI is assisting in the industry’s digital transition. Given the complex legal and regulatory challenges of working in the financial services industry, proper knowledge management techniques and platforms are a critical business strategy.

Accessing and sharing accurate information is crucial for retaining public trust. It is also pivotal for complying with rules on the customer experience and brand relations fronts.

Appropriate knowledge sharing is a critical component of corporate operations, and compliance is given the industry’s particular problems. Document management and knowledge management methods help guarantee the chain of custody is followed by all groups in the industry that work with sensitive personal information. Meanwhile, new business relies on operational processes. These are items such as non-finance sales and support teams, with the added risk of “doing it wrong.”

Let’s look at some of the ways it benefits the financial sector

1. Better decision-making

Firstly, sound decision-making is a cornerstone of the financial industry. Whether it’s determining the finest stocks to invest in, making the best loan offer, or maximizing a tax refund, making excellent judgments is essential. When everyone in a company has access to the proper information, they can make fully informed decisions that help the firm grow — also keeping in mind the regulations that vary with geographies and adhering to those.

It is undeniable that knowledge-driven cultures make better decisions. Any financial services operator can guarantee their business has the information it needs to generate the most significant outcome for the company. And we can achieve this by developing an knowledge management strategy that captures both implicit and explicit knowledge.

2. Better Knowledge Transfer

Secondly, new employees (and those promoted to new jobs) will take time to get up to speed. Similarly, when someone in a senior position quits, they leave behind a lot of institutional knowledge. A knowledge management approach that stresses knowledge exchange can minimize the impact of inevitable churn and position shuffling on operational quality. What intangible assets might a retiring executive provide to a knowledge base that freshly promoted senior managers could find helpful?

Expecting staff at all levels to share knowledge and having a consolidated, readily available knowledge base can ease any prospective transitions and make change management activities easier.

3. Regulatory compliance 

As a consumer, overlapping state and national rules may make navigating the financial industry a minefield. And, because regulations change year to year (if not more often), relying on prior knowledge of “how things work” can doom both individual employees and the companies for which they work.

Rather than requiring employees to memorize bylaws, putting everything in a knowledge base that is quick to update and access when needed makes it far easier for the entire firm to be compliant. This will help in minimizing its overall legal risk.

4. Innovative approach 

Knowledge management software provides the ability to recognize a bank’s strengths and shortcomings because it works with People, Processes, and Technology. Working closely with the Quality and Customer Care teams can collect feedback on the services offered to customers. The KM team can work to improve the Bank’s organizational memory and culture.

Knowledge management directly contributes to the integration and coordination of units and divisions within the Bank by ensuring that tacit and explicit knowledge is shared across departments and locations. Along with the Product Development team, the KM system can successfully contribute to developing the Bank’s services, maximizing the advantages to the Bank’s clients.

5. Operational effectiveness 

A bank’s ability to recognize, gather, and share knowledge when needed is critical to its success. When learning and technology are combined, powerful results are achieved, allowing banks to:

  • Identify training gaps and expedite the process of providing agents with the tools and information they require to provide the best possible service to gain customers loyalty.
  • Reduce training costs by substituting online learning through a centralized knowledge base for some or all classroom training.
  • Increase agent productivity by giving them the appropriate information at the right time.
  • Analytical tools can be used to identify high achievers.
  • Improve overall satisfaction with customer and agent interactions.

6. Hiring the best talent

Lastly, knowledge management is critical in a bank’s talent strategy. It enables them to attract and retain top personnel and makes employee growth more efficient, easy, and enjoyable. Your bank can also benefit from a knowledge-based system:

  • Provide new hires with specific onboarding resources to utilize for self-training.
  • Use organizational knowledge to find high achievers.
  • Ensure that critical talent has a clear path to success.

Conclusion

Nobody can disagree that the knowledge management (KM) function substantially impacts achieving and improving competitive advantage for any organization, and all the more critical in the banking industry. In close collaboration with presales departments, the KM team may assist bank management in gaining knowledge about clients of competing banks.

Knowledge management enables bank executives to keep their customers’ data and information up to date. It plays a crucial part in preparing market reports regularly. KM allows the Bank’s management to concentrate on organizational resources while competing with other banks. Inherently, a well-designed knowledge management function will aid the Bank in competition research and, as a result, uncover competitive knowledge.

About The Author

Manpreet Singh Chawla

Manpreet is a Sr. Digital Marketing Specialist at Knowmax, a knowledge management solution for enterprises who are seeking to boost their support agent productivity & enhance their CX.

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