Banks need to jump onto the PFM bandwagon
18 March 2009
announced today that they will start to sell their PFM offering (dubbed Springboard
) to banks and credit unions. Wesabe is not the first vendor to start selling directly to banks. Earlier this year, Geezeo
made a similar announcement
. These are win-win moves for both the banks and the software companies: - Bank PFM tools cannot compete with the rich solutions offered by non-bank providers. They need to update their offerings in order to remain competitive and keep clients attracted to their sites. For more info see my post on PFM Meets Social Networking
. - The non-bank PFM providers have been struggling to make money. Their products are offered free of charge to consumers and their online business models are questionable. Direct sales to banks will provide a much needed revenue stream. Expect to see more of this trend as we move forward. It will be interesting to see how this software will affect PFM usage growth at the banks.