B2B industries that sell high-value goods especially - such as aviation - can benefit significantly from the quality assurance, payment efficiency and access to new audiences that the marketplace model provides.
However, we also believe that the key B2B marketplace players to emerge will not be startup brands but incumbents with existing industry relationships (with suppliers, for example). In particular, it's likely that more will partner with fintechs and optimise their industry contacts and expertise with modern fintech capabilities.
As payments become even more closely intertwined with platform products and with users’ CX, the trend will be to elevate their seamlessness even further. Consumers will be able to pay how they want and on-demand, utilising more sophisticated biometric technology to secure the transactions.
The blockchain industry will continue to speed into mainstream understanding. There will be more partnerships formed with traditional financial institutions and growing token adoption of both early and emerging currencies.
With 5AMLD on the horizon, crypto businesses will be seeking the best ways to facilitate smooth interoperability between fiat and crypto to offer the best service for their users.
Microservices are a hot buzzword for many companies looking to break their application logic into smaller chunks that only act when called. It is becoming more and more apparent that current architecture is not easily manageable as the number of services increase.
Some companies are moving to a new 'monolith' style (as opposed to the traditional, outdated monolith style) where all the services are in one place but still act of their own accord when deployed. The reason for this is that they make things much more manageable - services can be updated simultaneously and errors can be caught much faster down the line.
To keep up with the changing market, more traditional institutions will modernise their infrastructure to keep up with the ever-growing Fintech space. There will be more partnerships, more FinTech capabilities appearing on traditional financial institutions’ offerings and more choice available to consumers looking for highly functional financial products.
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