Celent Honors 19 Financial Institutions with Model Bank Awards

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14 April 2016
New York, NY

Eastern Bank takes home Model Bank of the Year Award for internally built small business lending platform.

Celent announced the winners of the Ninth Model Bank Awards at its annual Innovation & Insight Day conference, held at the Museum of American Finance on April 13. Each year Celent recognizes bankers' initiatives that epitomize best practices for technology projects and deliver demonstrable business benefits.

Nineteen financial institutions were recognized across seven categories spanning multiple bank functions, with Eastern Bank taking home top honors as Celent's 2016 Model Bank of the Year. Eastern Bank was honored for their work with Eastern Labs, its internal innovation vehicle, in building an industry-leading small business lending platform from scratch in just 14 months.

Full list of winners:

Model Bank of the Year
Eastern Bank

Digital Banking Transformation
Citizens Bank
Garanti Bank
Santander Bank

Beyond Bank
Standard Chartered Bank

Digital Payments & Cards
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Corporate Payments & Infrastructure Modernization
Bank of China
CBW Bank

Cash Management & Trade Finance
HBL (Habib Bank)

Security, Fraud & Risk Management

Legacy Transformation
Umpqua Bank
Vietnam Bank for Social Policies

"We received a record number of submissions this year, well over a hundred, which is a clear indicator that our industry is turning a corner when it comes to innovation," said Dan Latimore, Senior Vice President of Celent's Banking practice. "For every institution grappling with innovation, which is most of them, the winning projects offer practical examples that can inspire, guide, and educate."

In addition to recognizing winners at the conference, Celent published reports detailing winning initiatives in each category, and an in-depth case study on the Model Bank of the Year.

New Award - Model Bank Vendors
Model Bank Vendor is a new award introduced by Celent in 2016 to acknowledge the vendor role in helping multiple clients achieve technology or implementation excellence. Through this award Celent also wants to extend its appreciation to the entire vendor community, which is instrumental in the ongoing success of the Model Bank program.

Celent recognized the following two companies as Model Bank Vendors for 2016:

  • EdgeVerve Systems
  • Nucleus Software