HfS Research Recognises VirtusaPolaris for Emerging Blockchain Services in BFSI

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VirtusaPolaris, the market-facing brand of Virtusa Corporation and Polaris Consulting & Services, Ltd., and a leading worldwide provider of information technology (IT) consulting and outsourcing services, today announced that the company has been recognized by analyst firm HfS Research in its Blueprint Report for its emerging Blockchain services in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI).

VirtusaPolaris has developed leading Blockchain capabilities in its financial services practice, focusing within its FinTech Lab on developing solutions like over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, remittances, cash management, payments sandbox, and Blockchain sandbox. For its Blueprint Report, HfS Research cited the company’s Blockchain strengths in two core areas: working on projects to migrate from Proof of Concepts (PoCs) to production environments for clients that will give each party intellectual property (IP), and working on a library to extract Blockchain tokens, encrypt tokens using wallet keys, a naming service, and messaging.

“As the technology and capabilities of Blockchain continue to develop, banking, financial services and insurance organizations must fully commit to innovation and digital transformation to keep up with this growing market segment,” said Samir Dhir, president – Banking & Financial Services, VirtusaPolaris. “This recognition is evidence of our continued dedication to providing our clients with the technologies they need to be at the forefront of innovation and increase productivity by utilizing Blockchain’s distributed database.”

Leveraging its 25 years of experience and expertise in the banking and financial services industry, VirtusaPolaris has been helping banks and financial institutions accelerate their innovation process and effectively meet the challenges of digital disruption. The Blockchain Exploration Center which is part of its FinTech Lab, provides an environment in cloud with built-in sandboxes and a banking data model for customers to quickly run experiments and turn ideas in to MVPs (Minimum Viable Products). VirtusaPolaris has partnered with several technology companies, including Signix, Token.io, Chain.com, and Coins.ph for its Blockchain-related solution offerings. While the definition of a Blockchain is open to various interpretations, VirtusaPolaris, through its service offerings, has eliminated or reduced the role of alternate currencies to focus on the use of underlying technologies for process improvement purposes.

“VirtusaPolaris is moving forward in its exploration of Blockchain on both the innovation and the execution aspects,” said Christine Ferrusi Ross, research vice president, Strategy and Product Development. “The firm’s Fintech-focused Blockchain solutions look at specific client pain points like OTC derivatives and cash management, among others. The company marries that business view with technical aspects like the library it’s building for extracting Blockchain tokens using wallet keys and for messaging.”

The HfS Blueprint™ Report identifies relevant differentials between service providers across a number of facets under two main categories: innovation and execution. HfS Blueprint Report ratings are dependent on a broad range of stakeholders with specific weightings based on 1,355 crowdsourced responses.

To see the final HfS Blueprint Report ranking, please visit here

For more information on VirtusaPolaris’ solutions for Blockchain, please visit here.

About VirtusaPolaris

VirtusaPolaris, the market-facing brand reflecting the combined strengths of Virtusa Corporation and Polaris Consulting & Services, Ltd. is a global provider of information technology (IT) consulting and outsourcing services that accelerate business outcomes for Global 2000 companies and leading software vendors in banking and financial services, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, media and entertainment.

VirtusaPolaris’ solutions address the CXOs’ dual challenge of growing revenues while improving IT cost efficiencies. VirtusaPolaris’ digital services leverage innovative new technologies to reimagine the customer experience, increasing retention and creating lasting value. VirtusaPolaris’ preemptive outsourcing solutions help clients reduce risk and improve IT operations.

VirtusaPolaris delivers services across the IT lifecycle, including consulting, solution design, technology selection, implementation, testing and maintenance & support, including infrastructure support. Inheriting a strong heritage in software engineering, VirtusaPolaris is highly qualified to both develop and maintain software, using a proven platforming methodology and advanced Agile and Accelerated Solution Design techniques to reliably produce results on time and within budget.

Holding a record of success across industries and unparalleled domain expertise, VirtusaPolaris understands clients’ business challenges best and uses that to deliver distinctive, differentiated and innovative application of technology to solve those problems. Examples of large business transformations completed include the world’s largest P&C claims modernization program, one of the largest corporate customer portals for a premier global bank, an order to cash implementation for a multinational telecommunications provider, and digital transformations for media and banking companies.

Virtusa Corporation is headquartered in Massachusetts, and together with Polaris, has 50 offices across North America, Europe and Asia.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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