FICO Advises German Banks to Strengthen Management of Predictive Models

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MUNICH—June 19, 2012—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, and industry analyst firm IDC Financial Insights met today with representatives of German banks in Frankfurt to discuss the critical importance of model management. In an event titled Model Governance and Decision Support Frameworks in Today's Complex Banking Landscape, FICO focused on how banks can improve risk management, regulatory compliance and competitive advantage by strengthening their management of predictive models, such as those used to measure customers’ credit risk.

The post-crisis banking landscape has been characterized by even greater reliance on predictive models to drive lending decisions and meet stricter regulations. Many banks, however, still lack a structured and reliable governance program for ensuring models are performing well over time and delivering strong business results.

"Business analytics and sophisticated modeling have taken center stage as differentiating capabilities in today's financial markets,” said Michael Versace, Research Director for Worldwide Risk at IDC Financial Insights. “As the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management become more ingrained in management decision making processes, financial institutions will find new challenges to governance programs that have traditionally focused solely on data and software development. The increased dependency on analytical management creates new business, operational, and technology risks and significantly opaque opportunities for errors and rogue operations if proper organizational architectures, control frameworks, and governance programs are not effectively applied."

“Monitoring model performance has become a greater challenge for lenders as their use of analytics has grown,” said Daniel Melo, who directs FICO’s solution consulting group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Through our discussions at this event, we showed lenders how model management can strengthen their risk management and improve the bank’s profitability. Ultimately, this can be a competitive advantage for banks, not just an initiative to satisfy the regulators.”

Last year, FICO released a solution known as FICO® Model Central™ Solution that provides a complete environment for managing predictive models in a reliable, automated and integrated way. It presents a management dashboard of overall model health, alerting personnel to performance degradation so they can take action before business decisions are impacted. The solution can also accelerate the deployment of predictive models into a bank’s operational systems.

FICO and IDC Financial Insights analysts met with lenders in Stockholm on June 12, and are meeting with lenders in Istanbul on June 21 and Madrid on June 28. Sponsored by FICO, an IDC Financial Insights White Paper on this topic is scheduled for release in July.

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FICO (NYSE:FICO), formerly known as Fair Isaac, delivers superior predictive analytics solutions that drive smarter decisions. The company’s groundbreaking use of mathematics to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries and revolutionized the way risk is managed and products are marketed. FICO’s innovative solutions include the industry-leading solutions for measuring credit risk, managing credit accounts, identifying and minimizing the impact of fraud, and customizing consumer offers with pinpoint accuracy. Most of the world’s top banks, as well as leading insurers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, rely on FICO solutions to accelerate growth, control risk, boost profits and meet regulatory and competitive demands. FICO: Make every decision count™.

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