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Susan Griffin

Susan is Strategic Initiatives Analyst with Jack Henry & Associates’ (JHA) Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) covering banking core systems and lending. She joined JHA in 2003 with over 15 years of experience in the financial technology industry. SIG provides an independent perspective of the banking and payments industry to JHA management. Susan’s experience in the banking industry has focused on banking core systems, retail delivery products for branch automation, as well as lending solutions for financial institutions. Prior to working in the financial systems industry, Susan spent 13 years directly working for banks in retail bank branch services, consumer lending, and commercial lending.

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Research: What We Don’t Know WILL Hurt Us!

Posted by Susan Griffin

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

“Research is creating new knowledge.” Neil Armstrong

I’m sure Neil Armstrong’s confidence level was high when he stepped out of his spacecraft onto the moon. He knew how much research was done at NASA to put him there. And more importantly, to get him home safely. 

Although it’s not rocket science, the research we do at Jack Henry & Associates (JHA) is just as important to us. We depend on research to better understand the needs of financial institutions (FIs) as well as the customers they serve. With this knowledge, our associates are able to build strategies that define and accentuate the design of our products and services.

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Topics: Financial Service Industry Research, Future Ready

Why Financial Institutions Shouldn't Ignore Marketing Lenders

Posted by Susan Griffin

Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 09:15 AM

The following is an excerpt from Susan Griffin’s full article.

Traditional financial institutions (FIs) such as banks and credit unions have been challenged by new entrants into the lending market from as far back as the early 1900s when finance companies, like Household Finance, introduced an alternative way for consumers to borrow money. Fast-forward a hundred years, and FIs are still faced with “disruptors” looking to serve the consumer and business markets by fundamentally changing the way borrowers seek out and apply for loans. Whether you call them “fintechs” or “marketplace lenders,” they are making their mark on traditional lending.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

The Power of (Core) Evolution

Posted by Susan Griffin

Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Most of the banks in the U.S. market are utilizing core banking systems that were originally developed in the mid-to-late 1980’s. So it is no surprise to see a lot of mention in industry news and blogs these days regarding “core modernization” or “core transformation.” Another term that is probably more applicable is “core evolution.”

Core banking systems today are commonly being referred to as “legacy systems,” insinuating they are well past their prime and painted as irrelevant in today’s market. That’s not entirely true. In many regards, they have been transformed or modernized over time…they have evolved.

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Topics: Financial Service Industry Research

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