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rajashekara maiya

Vice President-Head Product Strategy, Cloud Business, Domain Competency Group
Infosys Limited

Trained Accoutant by Profession, Banking Software Product Practitioner, Passionate Reader, Keen follower of Macro Economics, Regulations, Cricket, Risk & Fraud Management, Analytics, AI, Blockchain.


Rajashekara V. Maiya
Vice President and Head-Finacle Product Strategy, Cloud Business, Eco-System Innovation Group, and Domain Competency Group-Infosys
Rajashekara Maiya is responsible for charting the product strategy of Finacle, the flagship banking solution of Infosys. This role includes responsibility for, defining the detailed product roadmap, Strategic acquisition & alliance partner identification & management, client engagement and representation of the company with external stakeholders such as analysts and media.

He is also responsible for the Cloud Business for Finacle, including charting our strategies for Cloud Hosting, working with Cloud Infrastructure providers.
Further, he is responsible for the Eco-system collaboration and bringing out point applications in the banking space along with responsibilities for building the domain competency in the area of Banking.

Maiya specialises in risk management, regulations and compliance and has been quoted on these and other topics in publications such as Forbes, The Banker, Banking Technology and the Economic Times. He is also visiting faculty to many universities, and speaks regularly at SIBOS, Asian Banker, MEED and others. He is on the expert panel of the McKinsey Quarterly, a member of the XBRL Abstract Modelling Task Force (AMTF) Group and is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
He holds patents and pending patent granting in areas such as partner portals, delivery channels, offline banking and customer experience.
Prior to joining Infosys in 1997 Maiya was an audit manager within an accountancy practice.  He holds a master’s degree in commerce, specialising in banking, costing and taxation.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Banking, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Risk management, Fraud management, analytics, banking regulations. Digital Banking.

Personal Interests

    Music, Cricket, Travelling, Yoga


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Fintech and banks: Collaboration may help close digital delivery gap, boost join

Published: Dec 19, 2017 by http://www.firstpost.com
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

The ongoing discourse surrounding the rise of fintech loses its rhetoric if we look at how the numbers stack up. About 73 percent of bank deposits, and about 7 to 9 percent of global banking profitability is projected to be at risk by 2020. Payments and wealth management are expected to feel the most heat with about 25 percent and 23 percent of business estimated to be at risk to fintech, respectively.


Paying The Digital Way

Published: Sep 06, 2017 by http://businessworld.in/
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

Even the introduction of a unified Goods and Services Tax regime, which requires all transactions and reporting to be made online, will make an indirect impact in favor of digital payments.


From Wallets and UPI to Blockchain, How Digital Payments are Evolving in India

Published: Aug 08, 2017 by https://gadgets.ndtv.com/
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

Most accounts of successful digitisation feature technology providers or tech-hungry consumers in the lead role. But in the story of digital payments in India, it is the government that is the unlikely hero.


Public, Private or Hybrid Blockchain: What does it mean?

Published: May 10, 2017 by Dataquest
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

The General Ledger (GL), which is at the heart of financial accounting, survived five and a half centuries without significant alteration. All that changed in 2008 with the arrival of blockchain, the first – and possibly best-known – distributed ledger technology, which is the foundational layer underpinning a cryptocurrency called bitcoin


Blockchain explained and what banks can gain from Distributed Ledger Technologie

Published: May 10, 2017 by http://www.firstpost.com
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

Ever since Benedikt Kotruljević of Dubrovnik (in Croatia) recorded the first known reference to double-entry bookkeeping in 1458, the General Ledger (GL) has formed the bedrock of financial accounting. For centuries, it remained fundamentally unchanged and true to its original principles, and even when technology changed its form, it did not alter its substance.


Understanding The Basics Of Blockchain And Why Banks Are Keen To Adopt Them

Published: Apr 29, 2017 by https://inc42.com
Authors: Rajashekara Maiya
Subjects: Information Technology

Although distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been making news in recent years, its origin dates back to about 10 years ago. Of the various options available today, blockchain is the most prominent.


Modern banking: Collapsing boundaries, transcending experiences

By: rajashekara maiya

Amazon is at it again. In 2016 the online giant announced the No-Touch-Go store, and in less than two years the retailer’s best practice of one-click-pay has a physical avatar. It is a classic example of how industry leaders are championing customer delight through a cohesive physical and digital channel strategy.

Amazon apart, leading retailers such as Walmart, JCPenney or closer to home the Future Group are all diversifying their channel-mix, instead of the old school approach of increasing the number of retail outlets. Business leaders across industries are bringing the best of both the worlds together to offer immersive experiences to their customers and to be available for them when they need it on the channel of their choice. Customers can make a purchase on a digital channel and avail the services or products in their physical form.

Digitization is constantly evolving customer experiences and resetting customer expectations in banking. Leading banks are innovating to offer seamless omni-channel banking including banking on new emerging channels. A look at the shift in strategy of a leading Indian bank tells us how banks are no more resting on the laurels of physical presence alone. State Bank of India (SBI) has one of the widest branch networks in the country, with the highest number of branches per lakh customers. But the bank is actively modernizing its channel strategy. SBI’s e-lobbies offer online account services and real-time transactions. Customers can walk into an e-lobby, create an account, feed in the required information and choose from the options presented with. Progressive banks such as DBS Singapore are also going down the digital path for expansion in markets such as India, given certain regulatory limitations.

From all-physical banking where customers could perform transactions only at bank branches to the physical-virtual mix where customers interact with virtual channels such as IVR, we are now progressing towards all-virtual transactions where virtual channels such as Alexa action tasks on behalf of humans. Progressive banks are already preparing for this future by designing services that can talk to smart machines on the consumption side.

Evidently, traditional banks have taken to digital rather swiftly, but the digital natives are not far behind in exploiting the physical channel. Airtel Money, which started as a digital-only wallet is now expanding through physical branches of Airtel Payment bank. The telecom giant has partnered with Hindustan Petroleum to offer digital payments across 14000 outlets of HP. The bank’s services are now LIVE in all the 29 states in India. Another digital native Paytm has launched an online-to-offline commerce platform Paytm Mall bringing all the registered offline stores on a single platform.

The convergence of physical and digital is proving to be a win-win for customers and service providers. While customers enjoy a seamless experience, service providers gain by unlocking value from a variety of data sources by marrying the physical with the digital. So what do banks need to deliver great customer experiences in this new normal?

Banks need an all-encompassing system-of-records stack to be able to offer a standard and consistent seamless experience to their customers across physical and digital channels. Disparate systems for different channels can introduce considerable latency and friction with customer experience taking a hit.

Secondly, to ensure a consistent experience across channels a bank must have a common understanding of customer expectations, business rules and backend IT systems. A bank’s systems of engagement need to be in lockstep with each other, so that the extension of a physical channel to digital to social and beyond provides a unified ‘One Bank’ experience to its customers.

Thirdly, the systems of experience must stretch holistically across digital and physical for a bank to offer its customers the most relevant products on the channel of their choice. It is critical for a bank to invest in the right stack at all the three levels to empower customers with a 360-degree view of their relationship with the bank, and to derive insights from transaction data to improve cost efficiency, income or customer delight.

This ‘phy-gital’ world of banking requires a responsive IT stack, and the nimble processes to go with it. For example, in the age of digital natives that can onboard a customer using a single mobile device, a bank’s conventional form-photo-sign onboarding process is clearly a dealbreaker. As banks modernize their processes, they must tread the tightrope between regulatory compliance and frictionless customer experience.

Want to send money to India? 36 seconds is all it takes

By: rajashekara maiya

The growing trade and economic synergy between the UAE and India has opened up opportunities for software giants like Infosys to leverage a whole gamut of new technologies, from refining blockchain platforms to using artificial intelligence (AI) and robots for banks, top Infosys officials said on Monday.

“We have successfully implemented a pilot project with Emirates NBD bank in the UAE to use blockchain network for international remittances and financial services," said Rajashekara Maiya, associate vice-president at Infosys and principal of product strategy for Finacle, the financial solutions suite by the company.



"As a result, a remittance transaction that earlier used to take hours and sometimes days for customers of the bank can now be done in just 36 seconds,” he added.


Infosys Confluence panel discussion: Blockchain – From hype to reality

Published: May 18, 2017

BlockChain Technology Pilot with Banks

Published: Feb 07, 2017

Has blockchain technology risen above the hype into a tangible implementation? Learn how Emirates NBD along with Infosys Finacle built a successful pilot in international remittances and trade finance with the EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework

Rajashekara V. Maiya talks about the Finacle Fintech Connect program

Published: Apr 27, 2017

Finacle FinTech Connect is an unique opportunity for FinTechs to engage with Finacle’s extensive ecosystem spanning across 94 countries and touching the financial lives of 848 million consumers globally.