Pensions providers must embrace emerging technologies to attract young savers

London, 30 July 2019

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, believes technological developments will play an increasingly significant role in getting Millennials and Generation Z savers to engage with their pensions and plan for retirement.

In its latest opinion paper, Digital Vision for Life and Pensions, Atos highlights how the industry’s future is being determined through new technologies including AI, cloud, intelligent automation, data analytics and machine learning.

The pace at which providers respond to this disruption will be significant in determining how attractive their offering is to savers and, consequently, their market share for years to come with the advent of the pensions dashboard a reflection of the digital change shaping the sector.

Ahead of the paper’s publication, Adrian Gregory, Atos Senior Executive Vice President and CEO, Atos UK & Ireland, said: “The choices people make about their pensions and life protection policies are among the most important financial decisions of their lives. As society changes, and people live and work in different ways, so too must the life and pensions sector change to provide more choice, information and flexibility for customers.

“By embracing change through tailored technologies providers can deliver sustainable services for millions of pension and investment plan-holders. This Digital Vision for Life and Pensions explores the key opportunities and challenges of transformation for life and pensions providers.”

The launch of the paper follows the commencement in spring this year of a 15-year agreement with Aegon to service and administer the company’s non-platform customers. Announced in November 2018, Atos will work with the Aegon team to deliver operational and end-to-end customer service excellence for its approximately 1.4 million customers.

The agreement is in addition to the service and administration by Atos of Aegon’s 500,000 protection customers and underlines the increasing footprint and ambition of Atos in providing business transformation expertise to the life and pensions market and the broader financial services sector.

Aegon is one of the world’s leading providers of life insurance, pensions and asset management. In an article for Digital Vision for Life and Pensions, Dougy Grant, Managing Director, Existing Business at Aegon UK, says the biggest challenge facing the industry is around trust and customer engagement: “Many people find pensions confusing and daunting and so building their trust and connecting with them in more meaningful ways to help them become more engaged is an important step in them making informed decisions. While financial advisers do a very important job, online tools have a huge part to play in engaging with large numbers of customers.”

This is the latest paper in the Digital Vision programme which includes opinions and discussion around a variety of topics including Mobility, Energy and Utilities, AI, and Cyber Security.

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with over 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Syntel, and Unify. In the UK & Ireland Atos delivers business technology solutions for some of the country’s largest public and private sector organisations. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information technology space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education as well as multicultural and pluralistic approaches to research that contribute to scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the group enables its customers, employees and collaborators, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably and confidently in the information technology space.

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