nSight 2023: The Ultimate Wrap-Up

What a week it was! This year marked nCino’s 11th nSight, and its first in Charlotte, NC. It was my first time in the Queen City, so of course I had to fit in some exploring around the 3-day conference. 

Day 1, Tuesday, May 9th

After arriving in North Carolina incredibly early in the morning, I made my way to the Southern cultural icon Waffle House for breakfast. Two notable takeaways: 

  1. Waffle House has its own language with various ways to order hash browns (smothered, covered, scattered #iykyk)
  2. It was the first of many times I heard, “I appreciate you,” which really stuck with me and has now been integrated into my vocabulary

After a bit of exploring and a quick hello to the Zennify crew, it was off to the nSight Welcome Reception. Surrounded by dancers on stilts, music, beverages and more, our Zennify crew talked to many people at our booth about their current nCino usage, and had great detailed conversations about strategies to get more value from their platform (our nCino Optimization Services resonated big time). 

After the reception, Zennify hosted a VIP Happy Hour with RelPro. We loved hanging out with our clients, partners, and meeting new faces over bites, drinks, and conversation cards!

Day 2, Wednesday, May 10th

The nSight Keynote with CEO Pierre Naude kicked off day two with this theme loud and clear: intelligence and data are the future. Pierre said that we have to embrace these and automation as much we can for compliance, efficiency, and customer happiness. He also mentioned that the future is about portfolio management. 

Pierre was joined by Well Fargo SVP Raj Sedani who talked about Wells Fargo getting live on nCino across four business units in less than a year! Raj shared that critical components to their successful launch have been:

  • Tech, product, business, and ops are all in it together; it is not a siloed initiative
  • Business change management has to happen up front
  • They they used change champions to create  buzz early on 

Taylor Nadauld, Chief Economist at nCino, shared some really interesting data and predictions, including that deposit concentration is clustered around a small number of people. “About 1%-2% of depositors at U.S. banks hold more than $250,000-but these uninsured deposits could represent more than 50% of the total deposits at a bank.” He also predicted that inflation will cool in the back half of 2023 and that home sales would go back up as interest rates start to level out.

Wednesday night was nCino’s big party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which was a neat venue featuring legendary cars from over the years. 

Day 3, Thursday, May 11th

Day three kicked off with former NASCAR driver and Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. Rusty focused on the importance of teamwork, recommending: “Have people around you that are smarter than you. Try to learn. Ask for help.” He also mentioned that his car shops in Tennessee are successful in large part due to their focus on service after the sale. Rusty took questions from the room and had some wonderful moments with NASCAR fans asking to sign jerseys and recreate former photos. 

We then heard from U.S. Bank about the ways in which they have been able to modernize their organization effectively and fast. A few nuggets about their approach:

  • Center of Excellence (COE) includes business plus tech
  • With 2+ releases a month, change management is critical and never ending 
  • Put the decisions into the hands of the people that are most affected by them
  • Involved middle managers and frontline leaders
  • Get live, then keep releasing (don’t wait for waterfall approach)
  • Use nCino data to make improvements, i.e. see where users are getting hung up in the systems, logins
  • Be the change you want to see! (credit Gandhi)

Afterwards, we heard from Australian bank Judo Bank, who shared some tips including:

  • Make a real case for customization or don’t 
  • Culture matters—every week they send a text check-in to their entire team and review sentiment in detail 
  • Focus on purpose and context 
  • Be front-lined obsessed; employee-focused
  • Make tech spend decisions based on outcomes 

Breakout Sessions

Hands-Free Loan Origination

  • First step is to identify the segments of deals that require a medium level of touch
  • What are the key factors that are the best candidates for automation
  • Lastly need to identify where the guardrails are & what guardrails we’re going to put in place
  • Figure out what components are structured with similarities across your business lines & see if you can automate them
    • Examples: Conditions, Policy Exceptions, Covenants
  • Make sure your admins & team have the understanding & capacity to maintain the automated process
  • Make sure the data you’re using in your automation & decisions is good & quantifiable data

How to Navigate a Disruptive Commercial Real Estate Environment 

  • Covid created an environment where banks were flush with cash & needed to lend capital; this caused a rush in the CRE environment
  • How can we restructure loans to keep in compliance with policy LTV when it’s needed
  • Single system platforms, like nCino, create efficiency, data integrity, & data insights
  • New feature from nCino called Tenancy Management (Rent Roll)
    • Tenancy Snapshot
    • Cashflow Forecast (NOI)
    • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Using NIQ the Rent Roll, Excel docs can be brought into nCino & then brought into spreads
  • When adding periods, users will be able to pull in rent roll statements

Assessing Your Loan Portfolio Health

  • Why are reports & dashboards critical to your success?
    • Business value tracking
    • Transparency like never before
    • Drive adoption through data driven insights
    • Bottleneck identification
    • Platform optimization
  • What can you report on?
    • Production
      • Volume Growth
      • Conversion Rates
      • Pipelines
    • Operational
      • Workloads
      • Exception Monitoring
      • Upcoming Activities
    • Efficiency
      • Time-to-Approval
      • Time-to-Funding
      • Bottleneck Monitoring
  • Using SLA values to determine loans showing up on reports when their specific stage turn times exceed that SLA value
  • You will never be able to create the best version of a report/dashboard on day 1 
    • Just get started and have something to build and iterate off of
  • Build your reports/dashboards in a way that enables your team to problem solve with data

Demo Portion

  • Industry Concentration reports
  • Having reports that are broken down by dollar amount or record numbers while also being drilled down further by product types
  • Surface your data using conditional highlighting

That’s a Wrap

All in all, nCino put on a great event, full of learning, inspiration, and fun. In our conversations with Banks and Credit Unions, we heard loud and clear that there’s room to realize even more value from the nCino platform. Zennify’s nCino Optimization services resonated with many as a fast, flexible approach creating more business impact. 

nSight will be back in Charlotte, NC, next year, May 14-16, 2024, so mark your calendars!

If you’d like a debrief of nSight, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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