BIAN Transformation Award 2023

Submit your project

Deadline for applications: October 27, 2023

The following information is requested when you submit your project:

  • Description of your organization
  • Call for Papers document – download here
  • Extract/description of the project – max. 500 words (English only)
  • Category for submission
  • Contact details

There is no registration fee and projects can be submitted free of charge.

Download: 2023 BIAN Transformation Award FactSheet



The BIAN Transformation Award aims to celebrate innovative solutions and implementations, including systems, development methods, architectural approaches, innovative technologies, and mobile solutions, that are based on BIAN’s standards. These solutions and products will show the value-add for organizations and highlight how they can transform the industry as we know it.

Digital transformation is critical for the future of banking, and our aim is to raise awareness of how BIAN can be used and implemented to support this goal. The BIAN Transformation Award will highlight how organizations within the banking and FinTech space use BIAN to accelerate change and
drive innovation.

The BIAN Transformation Award is open to any organization that has used BIAN’s materials to achieve extraordinary results.

The BIAN Transformation Award will recognize and highlight your excellent achievements, demonstrating your role in enhancing the future of the industry. It will also help to show how other organizations can accomplish this too.

We want to hear your success story!

Award Categories

The BIAN Transformation Awards have four award categories. Please submit your project in one category only.

NEW category: Best Use of Innovative Technology

We added new category this year to cast more and broader BIAN examples and how BIAN content is being implemented. This category has been created to cover the usage of innovative technology like AI.

We want to discover and find out how the combination of innovative technology and BIAN’s materials are being used across your organisation. In BIAN we are, at the beginning of, developing an AI platform to deliver the BIAN content in a more understandable way.

In this category we are looking for proof of concepts or projects that highlight how you take the BIAN
content into your own business environment.

Questions to consider when submitting your project:

• How do you address changes to your process and tools?
• How do you implement BIAN content into your environment?
• What was the business involvement by choosing these new / innovative tools?
• How does the approval process around the use of BIAN content look like?
• What new or innovative tools are you using and what do you hope it will bring to your organization?
• What teams are using these new tools?
• Internal staff
• External Staff / Contractors
• Mixed team

Transformation Champion

Financial Institutions that successfully used the BIAN Models to solve their business or IT challenges

Questions to consider when submitting your project:

• What business or IT challenge have you solved?
• How have BIAN models helped to solve this?
• Can you provide examples?
• Why did you choose to implement BIAN?
• What were you doing before implementing BIAN?
• How do you see your organization using BIAN moving forward?

Best in Class Partner

Partner provided first class BIAN based solutions to help their clients in a successful transformation

Questions to consider when submitting your project:

• How have BIAN models improved your offerings?
• How have BIAN models supported your clients?
• Can you provide examples?
• Why did you choose to use BIAN?
• What were your clients doing before implementing BIAN?
• How has using BIAN benefitted your client relationships?

Adoption Leaders

Organizations and individuals that adopted and enhanced the BIAN deliverables

Questions to consider when submitting your project:

• Why did you choose to adopt BIAN?
• How did you adopt BIAN?
• How has adopting BIAN changed your IT-organization?
• Can you provide examples?
• What were you doing before implementing BIAN?
• How has using BIAN transformed your business operations?
• How have you supported BIAN to transform?
• Was Architects Certification part of you adoption strategy?


About the Award

The jury will select one category winner from each of the three categories. In addition, a BIAN Champion will be selected from the category winners, as an overall winner of The BIAN Transformation Award.

Evaluation Criteria

The products and services should stand out in the following aspects:

• Functionality and usability
• Overall concept
• Market maturity
• Future proof technology
• Stability of technology
• Future orientation
• Customer centricity
• Impact on the Financial Services Industry

The above order does not constitute a criteria or ranking order for the jury. The jury is free to weight the individual criteria in the evaluation.

Participation & Registration

Participation Terms
We accept production ready solutions, products and implementations based on the BIAN standards but also theories and concepts for our new category “Best of Innovative Technologies”.

Registration for the award takes place exclusively via our registration page – BIAN Transformation Award.

There is no registration fee and projects can be submitted free of charge.

The following information is requested when you submit your project:

  • Description of your organization
  • Call for Papers document
  • Extract/description of the project – max. 500 words (English only)
  • Category for submission
  • Contact details

You will receive a confirmation of your registration once all details included above have been provided as outlined via the link. 

Why Should you Enter?

The BIAN Transformation Awards

A logo will be awarded to the winners to communicate your success. Use the logo as a label on your website, signatures, or any other advertisements to demonstrate your success and highlight your level of innovation.

Permanent Presentation on our Website

Award winning projects will be shared on our blog and made permanently available on our homepage, with links to your company site for maximum exposure of your success.

Judge Endorsement

The judges will send a short statement to the winners outlining why they have won the award, which will be published on our website and can be used in both internal and external communication, including for prospective clients and customers.


Demonstrate to the industry that you support innovation and excellence.


Your company and staff deserve recognition for their great work. Making the shortlist shows you are an organization worthy of winning an award.

Celebrate your Success at the BIAN Global Conference 2023

We will announce the winners of The BIAN Transformation Awards at the BIAN Global Conference. We look forward to seeing you there, either virtually or in person end of November in London! Award winners will also have the opportunity to network and present their projects to industry leaders at the event. Bring your teams to the award ceremony to join the celebrations.

Social Media Promotion

We will announce the award-winning projects to our LinkedIn pages, reaching over 4,500+ followers, in addition to providing social assets for promotion on your own channels.


Whether shortlisted or an overall winner, The BIAN Transformation Awards is a great PR boost. Utilize the logo, social assets and recognition. We can’t wait to shout from the rooftops about your success!


The companies involved will receive a written notification of the results of the jury. The legal process is excluded.

Meet the Judges

We have a panel of five banking and financial industry leaders and experts. The judges are an independent, international jury who will decide on the winner of the BIAN Transformation Awards. They will assess all entries based purely on the material submitted. All judges are impartial, and the information submitted will be treated as confidential, unless otherwise stated. You can be assured the breath of our panel allows for vigorous and fair judging.

Eran Agrios
BIAN Board Member, SVP & GM, Financial Services at Salesforce

Eran Agrios is the SVP & GM, Financial Services at Salesforce. She is responsible for the product and solution strategy and portfolio for Financial Services customers globally. Eran has over 20 years experience in customer relationship management technology and brings a unique perspective on technology trends and transformation. She helps transform businesses by optimizing for growth and impact while putting their customers at the center of every interaction.

For the last 14 years at Salesforce, Eran has focused on Financial Services customers across Wealth Management, Banking, and Insurance. Over the last 6 years her focus has been growing the Financial Services product & partner portfolio including launching Salesforce’s first industry product, Financial Services Cloud.

Shanker Ramamurthy
BIAN Board Member, Global Managing Partner Banking President IBM Industry Academy

Shanker Ramamurthy is the Global Managing Partner Banking in IBM Consutling with a particular focus on bank transformation, core banking & payments. He is also the President of the IBM Industry Academy and a member of the IBM Acceleration Team.

Over the last 25 years as a consultant and business executive he has worked in all the six continents across forty plus countries in the intersection of strategy, information technology, and financial services. He is a well-known thought leader with five patents relating to addressing complexity, has authored several white papers, and been ranked as one of the 50 most influential financial services consultants worldwide by Euromoney magazine.

Ian G. Gillard
BIAN Board Member, Senior Executive Vice President, Office of the President at Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Ian G. Gillard is a senior executive vice president in the Office of the President for Bangkok Bank in Thailand. Ian has been with Bangkok Bank since January 1997 and has current responsibilities in the Technology Division for Development, Enterprise Architecture and End User Support. Current major focus areas for technology investment include Mobile Banking and Mobile capabilities for employees.

Ian previously was Systems Director at Bank of America in San Francisco running the Advisory Services Group, which provided technology advisory services to banks in Asia. Prior to this Ian was the Architect for the Wholesale Bank at Bank of America and was involved in setting strategies across the Wholesale Bank including Payments, Global Cash Management and Trade Finance. Ian was also assigned primary responsibility for the Wholesale Technology Due Diligence for the mergers with both Security Pacific and the Continental Illinois.

Prior to joining Bangkok Bank Ian worked as a developer and development manager in Wells Fargo and in HM Paymaster General’s office.

James Buckley
Executive Vice President Strategic Business at Temenos

James Buckley has been working in business transformation and technology in the banking, insurance, government and supply chain sectors over the past thirty years. He has specialised in systems and business transformation programmes in Europe and Asia deploying core banking  and digital solutions to enable change. James has worked directly in lead positions in change programmes directly with Client companies and also with software providers, notably Temenos, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and IBM, as well as driving business development in the latter organisations.

James has engaged in major programmes of change across Europe, the US and East Asia. He has worked with more than 30 financial services organisations over that period, with global banks such as HSBC and Santander, large regional banks such as USAA, IBK in Korea and PostFinanz in Switzerland, through Insurance companies such as Zurich Assurance and Standard Life as well as UK government initiatives and Supply Chain change at John Lewis in the UK.

Hans Tesselaar
Executive Director at BIAN

Hans Tesselaar has over 30 years experience in Financial Services Industry being active for Banks, Insurance companies and Pension funds. For 8 years Hans worked at different management positions within ING, from Chief Architect to Director Sourcing, Innovation and Governance (Director CIO Office).

Hans Tesselaar has special areas of knowledge such as People development, re-organisations / re-structuring of the labour force, negotiating with labour unions and workers councils. As a managing partner of an ICT Consultancy Firm specializing in financial services he has long term experience in the areas of expertise like Strategic Business Planning, Enterprise Architecture, HR development, Innovation.


Call for Papers

Opening July 1, 2023

Closing October 27, 2023

Judging Begins

November 2023

Shortlist Publication

November 2023

Award Show during the BIAN Global Conference

scheduled for November 28 & 29, 2023

Contact Information

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B.I.A.N. Services GmbH
Frankfurt, Westend Fair
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 36
60325 Frankfurt am Main