The world of finance is an extremely complicated one. The rules and regulations that govern the international financial markets are understood by a select few. Most people have difficulty in keeping up with the labyrinth of financial instruments. While some individuals handle their own investments or financial planning, the majority consult a professional such as a mutual fund investor or a money manager.
A pertinent problem in finance is access to relevant information across institutions. A company called, Ninth Wave was founded to tackle this problem. Following the global economic crisis of 2008, several regulations were introduced which enforced greater transparency in the financial markets. This presented an enormous market opportunity for Ninth Wave. Ninth Wave is a spinoff from Enterprise Engineering, Inc (EEI), an industry-leading software and IT consultancy serving the world’s largest Financial Institutions and premier wealth managers.
In conversation with the Founder of Ninth Wave, George Anderson
Q. Why was the company set up? How have you managed the company’s offerings?
Ninth Wave was formed to take advantage of huge changes in the market around Open Banking and regulatory initiatives such as Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The focus of these regulations is the right of the consumer to access information, more specifically, financial information. Ninth Wave was founded to be “The globe’s financial data supply chain.” Our vision is to enable a “hyper-connected universal standard for access to financial data.”
As a spinoff of EEI, Ninth Wave has enabled expansion of its product line to support US Based Financial Services’ products including consumer banking, loan accounts, business banking, bill payment & presentment, brokerage accounts, trust accounts, health & education savings accounts, ESOP’s, Retirement products, and US Based Tax forms.
As a result of our broad support for financial products, our customer list includes major commercial banks, retirement services companies, wealth managers, government agencies, services providers and other institutions.
Q. What were the initial challenges that you faced?
The biggest challenge initially was getting financial institutions to open the door to a small startup. The big banks, for instance, have large vendor management organizations. They also have very stringent due diligence processes and will try to commoditize anything a newer company can bring to the table. In recent years this has gotten easier. However, the challenge here will ebb and flow with economic cycles.
Peers should not underestimate the challenge of getting in the door and getting through contract processes and requirements. Other challenges include employee hiring, retention, and benefits along with insurance coverage for all types of operations as well.
Q. Please tell us about your company’s first project?
Our first software project was with one of the top private banks in the world. Given the customer name and market clout, we obviously could not afford to fail. One of the largest challenges was not to be intimidated; we had to manage the client if we were going to be successful.! Clearly defining the scope of work and the critical success factors was the key to managing the client and keeping them focused. We provided a leading platform for data aggregation of internal financial data at a lower cost point and in a shorter time frame than any other competitor.
About Ninth Wave
Ninth Wave delivers secure, seamless, and standardized data connectivity to fintechs and financial institutions of all sizes, through a single point of direct integration to a universal suite of open finance APIs. With configurable controls, visibility, and insights into all data sharing and data acquisition connections between aggregators, third-party apps, and internal applications, Ninth Wave empowers financial institutions and their customers with access and oversight to their connected apps, enabling secure data exchange in a holistic and scalable open finance ecosystem. Offering solutions for retail and commercial banks, wealth managers, credit card issuers, tax providers, and more, Ninth Wave provides unparalleled connectivity and universal compatibility to complex information systems, unlocking innovation, potential, and performance for your data. Contact us to learn more about Ninth Wave’s secure data connectivity features. Empowering open finance. At scale, at last.