Can you give us an overview of your role?
I’m responsible for developing the Architecture community and support commercial initiatives and projects in the Financial Industry. I’ve been involved in many strategic exercises to reshape financial institutions and their application landscape.

What prompted you to participate in BIAN?
I initially connected to BIAN in 2011 out of my involvement in The Open Group, where we jointly set up a white paper on the relationship between the BIAN  model and TOGAF. In 2015, when Capgemini became a member of BIAN, I got directly involved in BIAN activities. As a global service provider, Capgemini is keen to be on top of new developments and market initiatives. BIAN is a unique initiative where we as an IT consultancy company can contribute to create a common view on the industry on a level that allows better alignment of business needs and IT-solutions. Initially I got involved in setting up the web based training, where the Capgemini Academy provided their expertise in this area. Later I took the role of chair for the certification working group and subsequently joined some other working groups (e.g. Strategic Advisory Group and the Business Capability Model WG) in order to support the further development and knowledge building on the BIAN models.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the banking industry in the next 5 years?
As we all know, in the Financial Industry new technologies and concepts like APi’s, DLT and micro services still go hand in hand with the presence of legacy systems. For many years banks are facing the challenge to fundamentally reshape their IT landscape. The last few years they also have to face a fundamental change in the eco system, forcing them to reshape their business models. It will be key now to really ‘re-architecture’ the business and related IT landscape using new technologies in an effective and controlled way.

How would you sum up the future of banking in one word?