The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has announced a new joint venture that it said would provide “fast, current, and highly relevant data insights”.

Alongside data science firm Quantium, the yellow bank is launching CommBank iQ. It claims the initiative — which will become a standalone business in the latter half of 2021 — will combine Australia’s largest pool of transaction data.

The pair said Commbank iQ would create a suite of data-driven products to support and, where possible, automate decision-making to “help institutions move from insight to action with unprecedented speed and accuracy”.

According to Commonwealth Bank group executive of institutional banking and markets Andrew Hinchliff, the new initiative will help Australia’s leading institutions drive the nation’s economic recovery and transition, through the “powerful insights” the platform will produce.

“As Australia’s biggest bank, we see more transactions than any other institution in the country,” he said. “By working in partnership with Quantium, we can harness the power of this peerless dataset to help Australian governments, businesses, investors and NGOs predict and adapt to the changing needs and wants of their customers.

“In short, CommBank iQ will help Australian institutions become more customer-centric and better able to quickly identify and respond to both complex problems and significant growth opportunities.”

Hinchliff added the new company would apply “best practice” data ethics and governance standards and all transaction data handled by Commbank iQ would be aggregated and fully de-identified.

The new business is expected to offer a range of services, providing examples such as insights reports, decision support tools, and AI decision engines. There will also be consultants to offer commercial skills to customers.

Both CBA and Quantium will contribute founding team members to the joint venture, with Quantium also contributing its big data tech stack.

For the first half of the year, CBA recorded AU$4.9 billion in statutory net profit after tax.


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