Westpac banking-as-a-service wins best finance project

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Westpac banking-as-a-service wins best finance project
Damien MacRae (Westpac), Brent Butchard (Micro Focus), Andrew Birmingham (iTnews)

Benchmark Awards 2022: Ramps up its digital capabilities and captures new customers.

Westpac has taken home the 2022 iTnews Benchmark Award in finance for its work in building a banking-as-a-service platform.

The bank developed and introduced its own digital banking platform after recognising the need to simplify operations and compete against the growing tide of fintechs and non-bank corporates.

Westpac developed a cloud-based core banking platform after identifying growing consumer sentiment for accessible, digital-first, low-cost financial products.

The platform allows third-parties to offer tailored banking products to customers via their own brand and channels.

Having been kicked off in 2019, the cloud-based platform already boasts Afterpay, SocietyOne and Flare as partners.

Since then, the bank has seen over 11,000 customers onboarded, with partnerships helping Westpac to reach new customers.

The platform is built on UK-based 10x Future Technologies' core banking stack, combined with Melbourne-based FrankieOne’s onboarding process.

Westpac said the platform gives the bank a competitive edge in Australia as it’s the first of the 'big four' to offer BaaS products.

According to Westpac, the plug-and-play capability of the BaaS platform means Westpac is future-ready - able to capture the constant innovation of technology partners while keeping pace with the changing consumer landscape.

You can read more about Westpac's work alongside the other winning projects and finalists here.

Winners were announced at the iTnews Benchmark Awards 2022 gala dinner held at KPMG’s Sydney Office in Barangaroo.

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