Financial Insights Launches New Advisory Service to Provide Balanced Global Analysis of Current Financial Crisis ; Firm Hires New Global Vice President of Research David Potterton to Oversee Team

FRAMINGHAM, MA – October 20, 2008 – Leading independent research and advisory firm Financial Insights, an IDC company, today announced the launch of its latest advisory practice, FinSights Advisor, which provides original, immediate, and pointed reviews of the current financial crisis as well as the other pressing technology and business challenges facing the financial services industry today. Subscribers receive several reports each month that provide brief yet well-reasoned discussions of current events in the industry along with interactive access to the analyst community. Recent topics beyond the credit crisis have included: the impact of sustainability, digital marketplaces, visualization, social networking, and serving the underbanked.

Financial Insights is offering a live, complimentary webcast, Financial Services: A Crisis of Confidence on Thursday, October 23rd to share developments for the financial services industry and recommend what steps financial institutions and technology providers may take to learn from past mistakes and move ahead.

Financial Insights has been closely covering the financial crisis and has dedicated a resource page on its Website which includes complimentary research, analysis, and expert commentary to help educate individuals on the state of the market and how this will impact IT in the months to come. Specifically, as the crisis continues to spread, Financial Insights' global team of analysts will track:

* The effect of future regulatory change on financial institutions and technology vendors

* The remaining bright spots in the industry

* The impact of technology spending as institutions merge, fail, or conserve capital

Financial Insights recently expanded its senior management ranks with the addition of a seasoned financial services practitioner, David Potterton. As the vice president of global research, Potterton will spearhead the research practices and continue to drive Financial Insights’ commitment to offering a balanced and reasoned analysis of the business, technology, and operational issues within the financial services community. "I am pleased to join Financial Insights and as a former banker understand the value of business and technology analysis for the market. As a trusted resource, FinSights Advisor expands the standard coverage by truly assessing the risks and concerns of financial institutions at this time." said Potterton.

The addition of Potterton strengthens the Financial Insights team to better serve clients and offer a well-rounded view of the current financial crisis. With experience in both domestic and wholesale banking, product development, business development, and product management, Potterton understands the specific challenges and opportunities that financial services firms face. His career at several high profile banks has afforded him a practical and highly relevant perspective on the issues.

If you would like to meet with Potterton at one of the fall industry events, including the FST Summit with GDS International on November 5-7 in Miami or the BAI Retail Delivery Conference November 18-20 in Orlando, please contact Sarah Murray at sarahbethmurray@gmail.com or call 781-794-3214.

About Financial Insights, an IDC Company

Financial Insights provides independent research, custom consulting, and detailed multiclient studies on the technology issues and challenges facing the financial services industry. Global research covers topics of strategic importance to corporate and retail banks, insurance carriers, asset management firms and securities and brokerage firms. Local practices in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Canada add an in-depth regional viewpoint. Financial Insights, an IDC company, is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company. Visit www.financial-insights.com for more information.

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