We came across www.bankwide.com several weeks ago. It appeared to be a growing site designed to provide a platform to share knowledge and resources with the banking community. I began corresponding with Aiden Michaels (the founder and lead developer for bankwide.com) to find out a little more about Bankwide - below is a response I received from Aiden: [more]
"Bankwide.com is designed to help facilitate discussion between bankers, vendors, consultants and regulators. Its primary goal is to provide an unbiased solution base for common banking problems through ”community intelligence". It allows for organic growth and collaboration for anyone involved in the 'ever-changing' financial services industry. Companies such as CoNetrix can benefit by reaching out and helping bankers and credit union personnel, and conversely bankers are exposed to services and solutions that they might not find otherwise. We see it as a win-win situation.
With the explosion of social networking on today's internet, Bankwide felt that this type of collaboration was not only possible; it was needed in today's market. I have always considered the fact that banks share strategic information as an anomaly. HP doesn't share information with IBM! Non competing banks however, will gladly open their door to another bank, talk about problems, strategies and more.
Bankwide aims to create this same atmosphere virtually. Imagine thousands of bankers sharing thousands of ideas, documents, solutions and more. With our soon to be released - "Bankwide Solutions" we will be able to focus efforts onto specific needs such as penetration testing, remote capture, equity building...the list is virtually unlimited.
We have also decided to keep our membership free. Our advertisers make all of this possible, they agree to burden the cost rather than pass it to bankers who are just looking for help. We are also currently offering a "grandfathering" period for people that sign up for the site before June 1st. Anyone who signs up, will be a permanent member of our community. Membership after June 1st may require that you annually have to update your information.
Finally - we are extremely proud of our new "Bankwide Experts". Bankwide has invited several people, including your own Russ Horn, to become community experts. These people have not only demonstrated advanced knowledge in their areas of expertise such as bank technology or compliance, but an outgoing nature and a willingness to share their knowledge. The days of soloing expertise has been replaced with the ability to share knowledge for the greater good."
We wish Aiden and Bankwide.com the best of luck! If you would like to find out more about what Bankwide.com has to offer you, visit their website at www.bankwide.com