Corporate Banking Research Outlook 2023

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Deepening Relationships to Weather Macro-Economic Stress: Introducing our 2023 Research Themes

Companies of all sizes face challenging times ahead. With credit becoming significantly more expensive, free cash flow becomes paramount for corporate banking clients. More than ever, they will turn to their banks as trusted advisors to help them optimize working capital and weather the storms. At the same time, banks face macro changes driven by new technology paradigms and ecosystem participants. As a result, banks need a new mindset and capabilities, not the least in data, technology, and partnerships.

By doubling-down on the five major themes outlined in the figure below and carefully picking the areas of focus, banks can make great strides in deepening client relationships.

These five themes also guide our research agenda for 2023, in both retail and corporate banking. Of course, at this level the themes are not that different from last year and there is already plenty in the library, as we have been producing research focused on these topics, for both retail and corporate banking clients.

In these challenging times, one thing is certain: none of us can go it alone. As you face hard decisions in the areas of technology and partnerships, Celent is here to support you. We can help you vet partners and technologies as you respond to competitive and government initiatives, the changing needs of your customers, and growing cost pressures.

As always, we’ll look to be nimble and respond to fast-moving developments in our research space. So, if you have a hot topic in mind where our research could add value to your organization, please get in touch, and we’ll endeavor to incorporate it into our research agenda for 2023.


In 2023, we will continue to deliver different types of insights, from analysis of technology trends shaping the banking industry to case studies documenting best practices, and from panel-driven insights to analysis of vendor solutions. The list below is indicative of the types of research we are planning to conduct and expected timeframes, but it’s not exhaustive. For example, we are publishing Solution Briefs based on interesting updates we receive from industry players throughout the year, but there’s no way to predict what those topics will be.


  • Model Bank case studies from around the world (Q1)
  • Corporate Banking Previsory 2024 (Q4)
  • Cloud, AI, data, APIs
  • Open banking, embedded finance, Banking-as-a-Service


  • IT Spending Forecasts (Q2)
  • IT Strategy Regional Priorities (Q2-Q3)
  • Corporate Digital Banking Survey (Q2 concept)


  • Small Business Banking Digital Channels – Global edition (Q1)
  • Integrated Receivables – North America edition (Q1)
  • Commercial Loan Origination Platforms (Q2+ concept)
  • Various Solution Briefs

Contact us for more information about what we have planned in Q2.

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