The pandemic has highlighted the fact that business leaders should take the current situation as an opportunity to improve and invest in their business models. Jackson Lee, VP Corporate Development from Colt Data Centre Services, says FinTech companies must be proactive when investing in their IT infrastructure and particularly in their data storage and connectivity, to allow them to act faster than more established competitors.
The FinTech industry is rapidly growing and in the first half of 2020, FinTechs secured more than US$25 billion in investment globally, despite the huge uncertainty caused by COVID-19. As FinTech companies and their customer base expand, it is important to recognise that the success of these companies is predicated on the ability to use data effectively in providing a personalised experience to their customers.
To ensure these companies do not become victim of their own success, they must ensure they have the ability to scale up their operations and data storage as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible, especially in these challenging times.
So, what must FinTech companies do if they are to facilitate this growth without bursting at the seams?
Big fish in a small pond
FinTech companies are growing exponentially, and for many, even the current uncertainty around the pandemic has not decelerated the pace of their growth. However, having started small – with only having access to limited tools at the beginning of their journey, many FinTech companies can’t keep up with their own rapid growth. When it comes to data infrastructures, they are facing a real risk of becoming a big fish in a small pond.
In order to achieve widespread innovation and to keep their advantage over traditional financial institutions, FinTech companies need the necessary playground space to experiment in.
When the pandemic and its consequent disruptions started to take hold, most businesses weren’t prepared for the types of challenges they would have to face. Although the suggestion of investing in data infrastructure might seem counter intuitive at the moment, a lifeline for FinTech companies going forward will be flexibility and the ability to scale.
As the uncertainty around the pandemic continues, FinTech companies, like other industries are finding it difficult to commit to long-term business plans. Despite their continued growth, FinTech companies continue to be cautious to invest in expanding their operations during an unpredictable economic climate, especially when they are doing well enough as it is.
Even before the pandemic, FinTech companies exhibited slower rates of the adoption of digitalisation and advanced IT infrastructures than other industries. It’s clear the future is digital and for FinTechs to effectively compete in today’s volatile market, they need to be proactive and invest in the value of data and Digital Transformation.
One area that FinTech companies must be proactive in is their IT infrastructure, especially their data storage and connectivity, in order to allow them to act faster than big, established competitors.
Due to the continuous growth of FinTech companies, with no sign for it to slow down, these companies will have to continually scale their operations up to manage increased demand. Ordinarily, this would have very high costs as they would have to continually alter their IT infrastructure and solutions.
When it comes to flexibility, data is a crucial aspect for FinTechs. In today’s world, companies store masses of data and its amount is growing fast. This makes the storing of the data a juggling act and the costs continue to grow with it. In periods of economic uncertainty, such as the one we are experiencing now, this constant increase in data can quickly turn into a challenge. Therefore, FinTechs must ensure that scalability is at the heart of everything they do. When it comes to scalability, however, the key factor is not just growth or the ability to scale up. A vital, but often overlooked opportunity in scalability lies in scaling down, when needed. For FinTechs aiming at this level of scalability, hyperscale is the only way forward.
The answer is hyperscale
Hyperscale data centres provide businesses with a one-stop shop for all their data and capacity requirements. These centres, which are built in a campus-style design, allow companies to build out further data centres quickly within the same location, or if needed, downsize. In an environment of ever-fluctuating demand, hyperscale enables scalability of data and storage, swiftly. This presents many benefits. The sheer size of these facilities allows for large-scale cloud adoption, which is more streamlined, flexible and cost-effective than ever before. This will help FinTechs to get a better handle on their data and reduce costs as much as possible.
With this level of scalability, companies can operate like an elastic band, expanding or retracting when necessary and at a moment’s notice. For example, imagine this year’s Christmas. With the uncertainty of the pandemic and constantly changing restrictions, people’s online activity will be even higher than in previous years. FinTechs will have to scale up their operations to cope with the high demand of online services. Meanwhile, when demand decreases, it might be beneficial to scale down and reduce costs until demand increases again.
Hyperscale will also help FinTech companies to future-proof their operations, which has become a key consideration as the economy looks to recover from the pandemic. By having the level of flexibility that hyperscale provides, businesses will always have the ability to lean or expand. Being able to adjust quickly within the hyperscale environment, with no added costs, makes FinTechs more resilient and flexible to disruptions.
While cutting costs will continue to be a priority in today’s business environment, it is important that FinTech companies look beyond this and focus on innovation and technology. The issues that the pandemic unearthed already existed and needed to be addressed by businesses. Therefore, they need to take the current situation as an opportunity to reconsider and improve their business models. Flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency must be top priorities in this new era. Hyperscale can provide this trinity of success.Click below to share this article