Housing finance company HDFC Limited has collaborated with Accenture to digitally transform its lending business. The collaboration, which is powered by cloud-native applications, machine learning, automation and advanced analytics, will revamp HDFC’s customer experience and business processes to provide greater operational agility and efficiency, and drive business growth, said a statement.
“HDFC has a rich legacy of customer centric innovation, and we have always looked to technology as a way of getting closer to our customers. The ongoing market disruption in the mortgage industry calls for a focused commitment to digital-led reinvention of customer experiences, which we believe will be pivotal to driving future growth,” said Renu Sud Karnad, managing director, HDFC.
The transformation exercise is aimed at making HDFC Ltd.’s lending lifecycle paper-less and nimble. A key element of the program is a cloud-native lending platform with digital workflows for every step of the customer journey including application, loan processing, credit underwriting and decisioning, disbursement and loan servicing. It leverages a machine learning-based decision engine aimed at improving risk mitigation and driving agility by standardizing the credit underwriting process.
The platform includes a mobile application and web-based portal for customers. Developed using human-centric design principles, the intuitive mobile application and web portal will enable digital-native experiences and significantly reduce the time taken for customer onboarding. They will also offer customers real-time visibility into their home loan application status and other related service requests anytime, anywhere, said the company.
In addition, a mobile application with a specially designed, gamified user experience will help HDFC’s large sales field force and channel partners track business leads and service customers in real time.
“We believe that embracing leading-edge technologies to develop user-centric systems and a robust technology backbone is an essential element of our transformation journey. A data-driven organisational culture and digitally-enabled workplace experiences that empower our people are equally important. At HDFC, we prioritise customer-focused innovation, and our collaboration with Accenture is helping us build a future-proof business model,” said Abhijit Singh, chief information and technology officer, HDFC.
Sonali Kulkarni, who leads financial services in India for Accenture said, “We are excited to be a key partner to HDFC Ltd. in their next frontier of customer-centric innovation — digitalizing their lending process from beginning to end. By taking a cloud-first approach, HDFC will be able to leverage the power of digital innovations and embed AI-driven insights throughout their lending lifecycle.”