Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Another year (nearly) over

It was all change at IBS Journal and IBS Intelligence this year. I joined as Senior Editor in February (having previously been Group Editor of rival banking technology title, FStech). Just in case you missed my debut Editor’s Letter, which can be found in the March issue of IBS Journal, I have almost 20 years of experience in journalism, during which time I have held senior editorial positions at and contributed to a number of business and technology-related publications. At FStech, I covered various financial sector technology topics, and my main areas of expertise include FinTech, core banking systems, Bitcoin and the blockchain, the European, US and Australian retail banking sectors, mobile payments and challenger banks.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, IBS Intelligence has become a division of Cedar Management Consulting International, a leading global management and technology consulting practice. So, new owners, new Senior Editor, new Senior Reporter (congrats to Alex Hamilton who was recently promoted from the position of Reporter) and also this year IBS Journal underwent a major redesign. Out went the front cover stories, replaced by a more modern take on the magazine’s contents. And in came a number of new sections, with an increased focus on FinTech, including Startup of the Month (which has proved to be particularly popular), The Big Interview, Who’s Been Saying What? and The Month in Numbers. Some of our rivals have ditched their printed editions, but here at IBS Intelligence the magazine continues to be a major part of who we are.

Digital is, of course, also massively important, so we have strengthened the online offering, upping the number of daily news stories and adding various new features and functionality, as well as recently launching a mobile app. Yep, IBS Intelligence is now on the iOS App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. Our free app includes such features as My Library, which represents a subscriber’s book shelf, enabling them to access and download their reports and journals. You can also catch up on the latest FinTech news on the go, register for and read our weekly e-newsletter, and connect with us through our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn channels. Enter IBS Intelligence to download the app on your iPhone/iPad or any Android Phone or tablet.

Hopefully, dear reader, you’re a fan of everything I’ve outlined here. I’ve had some great feedback from you guys and welcome further comment (good or bad!) at: scott.thompson@ibsintelligence.com

I’ll sign off by wishing all our readers, advertisers and clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a prosperous 2017!

Scott Thompson
Senior Editor,
IBS Journal

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