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FICO has acquired Tonbeller, a technology provider servicing the anti-financial crime and compliance market. This research note examines the market trends behind the move, the degree of fit, and the vendor's likely next step.


  • The Tonbeller platform will benefit from FICO’s strength in analytics and broader fraud and risk management, while Tonbeller provides FICO with a strong underlying technology platform with expertise in risk (as opposed to rule-based) compliance management.
  • Ovum’s ICT Enterprise Insights 2014/15 survey, which interviewed 465 retail banks across the globe about their IT investment priorities, found that half of the banking sector expects to further increase IT spending on both fraud and compliance management in 2015.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand how the anti-financial crime market is evolving, particularly around the convergence of fraud management, anti- financial crime compliance, and digital security.
  • Understand whether the acquisition is likely to be positive or negative for existing clients.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key market trends around tackling financial crime in banking?
  • What has driven the acquisition of Tonbeller by FICO?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • An integrated approach to fraud and AML allows banks to tackle growing compliance costs and evolving crime patterns
  • Tonbeller is largely complementary to FICO, with go-to-market strategy the key success factor
  • FICO needs to strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities to complete its coverage of the anti-financial crime market


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