South Africa : Investec launches programmable banking – here’s what that means for customers
- 16 March 2022 / News / 244 / Fares RAHAHLIA
Financial service provider Investec has launched programmable banking for business and private banking clients, offering them access to their banking and transactional data and the power to craft individualised banking services.
In a rapidly evolving digital era characterised by technology-led innovation and growing demand for hyper-personalisation, tech-savvy end-users and early adopters want more control over their digital experiences, the firm said.
Programmable banking provides an exclusive functionality for IT professionals, enabling these clients to be at the forefront of innovation in the financial services sector.
By opening the exclusive Private Bank or Business Account, business owners and IT professionals like software developers, programmers, engineers, and full-stack and UX engineers can easily activate programmable banking on their accounts.
“With Programmable Banking, our mission is to accelerate digital-led innovation and offer an out-of-the-ordinary experience to business and private banking, while also encouraging growth within the software developer community,” said Devina Maharaj, program head of Investec Business Online and API Banking.
“Tech has become an integral part of all industries, including the finance sector, and virtually every industry needs developers to keep pace with technological advancements and innovation.”
By using an application programming interface (API), clients can access their local Investec account data and transactional information online in real-time and use Programmable Banking to manage transaction activity on any linked Visa cards.
“A programmable card account enables a business or private banking client to create code that runs before or after each transaction,” said Maharaj.
Clients can leverage the Investec API to define rules using simple code to approve or decline specific transactions for any Investec Visa Card linked to their account.
Clients can also integrate the card with various platforms and internal systems to optimise their businesses processes, with the ability to send transactional data in real-time via accounting systems like Sage or Xero and messaging apps like WhatsApp, email or Slack.
“With full access to their card transactions, businesses can track behaviour, integrate and build bespoke notifications, or code specific customised payment limits to create a fully-customised business experience,” said Maharaj. “Businesses can even use Programmable Banking to control card transactions per merchant or payment category.”
Broader applications associated with programmable banking will create opportunities for companies and technologists to leverage this data to build new tools and drive new business ventures.
As an Investec client, IT professionals are able to participate in additional benefits and features offered via Investec Programmable Banking. This includes the opportunity to integrate and connect with the Investec Programmable Banking developer community in collaboration with Offerzen.
“With over 100,000 developers in the broader Offerzen community, these collaborations enable business clients, technology partners and the bank to engage and leverage ideas across all industries to co-create business solutions,” said Maharaj.
To date, over 500 developers have joined this initiative in beta. Community members can access code and demos of web prototypes from other developers via GitLab and see what other community members are building during monthly demos. They can also have their demos converted into blog posts that get shared with over 60,000 OfferZen newsletter readers.
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