ComBank’s automated credit card on-boarding system wins SLASSCOM award

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon, a leader in tech-based banking products and services, recently won the Banking and Financial Services Category Awardpresented by the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) for its case study on robotic process automation (RPA).

The RPA Award for the category was presented to the Bank for its end-to-end automation of the credit card on-boarding process, launched to improve the customer experience and reduce operational costs. Commercial Bank’s case study won one of 10 multi-sector awards at the latest edition of SLASSCOM’s annual conference titled ‘Digital Genesis.’ The Bank won in the same category last year too, for its User ID Management function which automates key Human Resources Management request processes.

Commercial Bank’s automated credit card processing system enables staff to track the progress of credit card applications and automate customer notifications, authorises users to view Credit Information Bureau (CRIB) reports instantly, enables applications to conveniently consume CRIB reports via internal API, eliminates repetitive data entering, and reduces user data input errors.

This automation process has drastically reduced the average card processing time from 10 days to three days and the average time of acquiring a CRIB report from 12 minutes to two minutes, the Bank said. The project also facilitated substantial cost savings for the Bank by streamlining the processes.

Before automating the credit card on-boarding process, the Bank’s staff had to work on six different systems to submit a single credit card application. Moreover, the manual processing also involved delays due to multiple data entry and manual CRIB report requests and analysis, the Bank said. It also incurred additional and unnecessary costs due to requesting and printingthe same CRIB reports multiple times throughout the branch network.

The SLASSCOM annual Intelligent Automation Conference brings together the global leaders of robotics automation processes on one platform, sharing expertise in digital transformation to offer insight and education on what can be a complex environment. This year, the conference wasattended by over 300 professionals mainly representing leading Information Technology and Business Process Management organisations.

Sri Lanka’s first fully carbon neutral bank, the first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 11 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches and 931 automated machines in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the Bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.

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