Stima DT Sacco Goes Ham On Tech, Revamps Systems For Efficiency
Technology is changing at a terrific speed. It is like a bullet train that long left the station with those not on-board risking being left out, forever. Each new day comes with new trends in technology and it is becoming increasingly hard for brands to catch up.
One of the sectors in Kenya that has been greatly disrupted by the ever-changing technology is the financial sector. Kenya’s financial system has gone through drastic transformations that have seen the country being among the best in technological enhancements.
Kenya has been a leader in financial inclusion for over 13 years, thanks to the advancement in technology that has been brought forth by mobile banking platforms such as banking apps, and savings apps for Saccos and M-Pesa.
The discussion within the financial sector in Kenya cannot be complete without the mention of Saccos. Saccos have been instrumental in tailoring Kenyans towards embracing both the savings and investments culture more than what traditional commercial banks would do.
One such Sacco is Stima DT Sacco. Stima Sacco, as it is popularly known, is among the few investment vehicles in Kenya that have fully embraced the use of technology to make the transactions and relationships between them and their customers smooth and seamless.
Through their mobile and web platforms, Stima Sacco customers can withdraw, deposit, and borrow cash through their MPawa App or view statements, and check balances, as well as onboard on their new-improved web portal.
In the past few days, Sacco has been undergoing a system transition that caused the interruption of some of its banking services. The Sacco issued a statement saying it was transitioning from Electronic Resource Planning (ERP) which has been in use for years to a new core banking system expected to expand services available to customers using alternative digital channels.
The new core banking system being onboarded by the giant Sacco is set to improve efficiency and uptime as the old ERP was prone to downtime and transaction delays. With the new system, customers will now be able to transact in real-time with no collapsing of services like before.
Having interacted with the new system, it is safe to say that the system will indeed ease the future anticipated access to the national payment system which will help in faster processing and clearance of cheques and bank transfers.
The Sacco seems to be optimizing the delivery of services where members will now be able to efficiently check balance, withdraw to mobile money accounts and conduct the internal transfer of funds to deposit and share capital accounts using its Mobile USSD code. What is more, Sacco will now be able to carry out Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), and direct deposits. The new system is also expected to help members access funds using all Visa-branded ATMs and pay at the Point of Sale. This will put it ahead of peers within the same operating sphere.
Other services being deployed using the new system include salary processing, direct debits, and cash deposits. If all these services will be in place upon completion of the transition, there is no doubt that Stima Sacco would have catapulted its services to the next level.
As is the norm, in transitioning from a new tech system to a typically another new system, services get to be disrupted. These were the concerns that gripped Stima Sacco customers, and they are justified because it is their investment.
To address these concerns, Sacco has assured its members of the security of their deposits and investments. The management has said that Sacco is strong and doing well having grown to over 53.7 billion shillings in its asset base by the close of the year 2022 which shall result in healthy member returns. The Sacco also anticipates the new core-banking system shall usher in new mobile products and services post the transition period.
With the ever-changing technology, Kenyans should expect more changes and disruptions within and without the financial sector. Such disruptions are great because the world of cybercrime has become so sophisticated and any financial institution that will not be on the lookout to flow with the updates, will have their accounts cleaned within minutes.