IT Spending Trends in Japanese Banking

by Neil Katkov, PhD, April 3, 2003


Tokyo, Japan April 3, 2003

Although Japan痴 banks are preoccupied with grave issues such as a stagnant economy and crushing bad debt portfolios, this has not distracted them from maintaining a serious focus on technology. Japanese banks will spend US$11.9 billion on technology in the current fiscal year.

The most forward-looking of Japan痴 banks預mong both the Big Five banks and the many smaller regional banks羊ecognize the great potential of strategic technology investment for reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and enabling value-added and competitive products and services. In a new report entitled , Celent examines IT investment and strategy trends in the Japanese banking industry.

The report gives an overview of the Japanese banking market, identifies the strategic IT projects that banks are focusing on, and makes specific spending estimates for areas such as corporate and retail internet/wireless banking, branch systems, core systems, NT-based software applications, and outsourcing. "These are tough times for Japan's banks." says Neil Katkov, author of the report.  "But despite, or because of, intense competitive and fiscal pressures, Japanese banks are increasingly relying on technology to improve their cost efficiency, the services they provide, and their competitiveness."

The report also identifies an important, but under-reported, segment of the Japanese banking industry: the 115 regional banks that account for 25 percent of bank IT spending. Expected mergers among regional banks will give rise to a new wave of spending on systems consolidation. There is also a rising trend to outsourcing by the regionals. These two trends are making the regional banking market in Japan an increasingly important one for technology vendors.

The report contains 21 charts and 3 tables.

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Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents


Tokyo, Japan April 3, 2003

IT Spending Trends in  Japanese Banking

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  Mergers 9
  Branching Trends 11
  Systems Consolidation 18
  Accounting/Auditing Systems 19
  Open Systems 20
  Corporate Banking 21
  Retail Enhancements 21
  Next-Wave Projects 25

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