12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rich Jones A published author and engaging speaker, Rich Jones is President/CEO/Principal for Leaders2Leadership LLC. Prior to starting his own strategic planning agency he was Senior Vice President of Sales, … Web: leading2leadership.com Details The ProblemThe key problem with integration today is best explained in these eight painful truths about the modern credit union industry:Competition is fiercer than ever.Being competitive means credit unions need to bring members the access, products and services they want—which requires help from third-party providers.Each third-party provider requires integration into their core operating system.Almost all core operating systems require the use of a proprietary application program interface (API) that comes with a license fee.Every time integration takes place, credit unions pay significant fees for development and professional services.Vendors and core providers need to share member information back and forth to have a functional relationship.Almost all vendor-to-core integrations access the same fields, yet every integration requires its own development and professional services support.This duplicative cost is driving up operating expense (OPEX) and is overwhelming IT staff to the point where new technologies are put into long queues before they can be implemented.The New ParadigmCore providers need to accept that they do not own the member data; the credit union does. The core provider is the transaction machine to process member activity and store balances. In today’s industry, where a typical credit union manages 50 or more third-party vendors, it is simply unacceptable that core providers hold member data hostage with proprietary APIs and expensive barriers.If vendors are going to insist that they not only hold a piece of the 360-degree member view, but also receive data sharing to and from the core system, then this data sharing must become faster and cheaper to enable.The SolutionTo remove expensive, time-consuming proprietary integration APIs from the process, credit unions need to require all vendors, core and otherwise, to use an integration standard. In the healthcare and insurance industries, standardization has saved companies millions of dollars in integration expenses and enabled them to bring innovations that meet their customers’ needs to market much faster.This is where the Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) comes in. Spearheaded by CUNA Technology Council, CUFX is an ambitious initiative that seeks to end integration nightmares for credit unions nationwide by creating a single standard for the entire industry.Five Steps to Become The SolutionDemand your core provider accept CUFX Standard for all integrations.Include the use of CUFX Standard in all contracts that require integration.Choose vendors and core providers that actively accept CUFX as the integration standard.Talk to CUFX Standard (www.cufxstandard.com) before you sign a contract that requires integration.Contribute to this cooperative initiative designed to remove the costly, time-consuming barriers to core and vendor-to-vendor integrations for the entire credit union movement.When we cooperate as a movement, we stand a chance to break the cycle of expensive integrations and to make credit union member data more accessible and available. Only by working together can we ease this burden and shift the paradigm towards acceptance that ALL member and transaction data is ours—and ours alone.
“I think everything was worth the last nine pitches he threw,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “There were some things he was experimenting with that you could see were taking him in a direction that wasn’t going to help him. “Once he found his rhythm, the last nine pitches he threw were incredible and I think he’s really found something that hopefully will give him the rhythm he needs and not really worry about mechanics.” Shields, who was in no mood to talk Monday, seemed to feel much better about things a day later. He considers his 10.00 ERA in the second half and his 11.91 ERA over his last 12 outings to be the low point of his career. “I’ve never gone through anything like this in my life baseball-wise,” he said. “It’s definitely been tough and stressful, but I take pride in each day when I come to the park. You forget about the day before.” Pitching coach Mike Butcher stressed it wasn’t like the coaching staff was undertaking an overhaul of Shields’ mechanics. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER A sure sign that Scot Shields’ simulated game Tuesday was not going well came when the right-hander reared back and threw a ball into the right-field stands out of frustration. But a funny thing happened as the ball clanked off some empty green seats. Shields finally got on track and the entire event was deemed a success. “It was just minor, simple things just to try to get him back on track,” Butcher said. “It’s not back to Square 1, but back to where he feels good and confident and knowing that he’s going to execute those pitches.” Shields said he would try to talk the coaching staff into letting him pitch today if needed. Butcher had other plans and the right-hander would only be available in case of an emergency after throwing 40 pitches Tuesday. What point of the game Shields pitches in is the next question. Scioscia already has said Shields will have to work his way back into his setup role. “I’ll get it back,” Shields said. “That’s what it is now and I understand it. Of course I’m going to work hard to get my old role back.” Lineup changes With A’s left-hander Lenny DiNardo on the mound, it caused some significant lineup changes. Gary Matthews was moved out of the leadoff spot and batted out of the seventh spot. Matthews’ .188 batting average, compared to his .282 mark left-handed, was Scioscia’s reasoning there. Orlando Cabrera batted out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season and Howie Kendrick batted second for the first time. He hit in that spot 12 times last season. “Howie has been really swing the bat well,” Scioscia said. “We have to set the table in front of Vlad (Guerrero) so it makes sense to put him up there.” Kendrick hit a third-inning home run. Gwyn is recalled The Angels once again added to the roster by recalling Marc Gwyn from triple-A Salt Lake to join the bullpen. Gwyn made two appearances earlier this season, giving up two earned runs on five hits in four innings. More roster additions are expected once Salt Lake wraps up its season. … Greg Jones, designated for assignment to open a spot for Juan Rivera this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Salt Lake. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!