Patrycja Wisniewska, COO, Blacksmith KYC

Patrycja Wisniewska has over 15 years’ experience working in digital innovation and transformation. She has built up an impressive resume at ING Bank in The Netherlands and Belgium working in strategy, mobile banking, product management & analytics. She moved to Singapore 4 years ago with a mission to build a new fintech startup. Blacksmith KYC, the solution created under Patrycja’s lead, is now used globally at ING and other banks to perform KYC of corporate clients. Next on the roadmap is to scale Blacksmith KYC internationally into a go-to service provider for digital policy management and customer due diligence.


In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, organizations across industries are recognizing the importance of digital transformation. This is particularly relevant for Know Your Customer (KYC) departments, which play a crucial role in ensuring regulatory compliance, managing risk, and building customer trust. Let’s explore the key reasons why businesses should consider digital transformation in their KYC departments and how it can enhance operational efficiency, improve customer experience, and boost the quality of KYC processes.

Operational Efficiency

In the KYC space, vast amount of time is being spent on low value, repetitive tasks resulting in lack of focus on detection and prevention of financial crime. On top of that using manual processes or maintaining outdated systems can be costly.

Digital transformation offers numerous opportunities to streamline and automate KYC processes, leading to enhanced operational efficiency. By adopting digital solutions, organizations can leverage technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and robotic process automation (RPA) to automate repetitive tasks and process large data sets.

Process automation can easily bring as much as 50%-90% efficiency gains in the Customer Due Diligence process. This helps not only to reduce the operational costs of the KYC departments. It also helps free up the time of KYC Analysts to perform complex risk analysis and fraud investigation.

Improved Customer and Employee Experience

Digital transformation can significantly enhance the customer experience throughout the KYC process. Traditional manual processes often involve customers submitting physical documents, visiting multiple locations, and experiencing lengthy wait times. These cumbersome procedures can be a major source of frustration for customers.

By embracing digital solutions, organizations can offer convenient and user-friendly experiences. Digital onboarding processes can be simplified, allowing customers to submit documents and information electronically from anywhere at any time. Intelligent document recognition technologies can extract relevant data automatically, reducing the need for manual data entry and accelerating the onboarding or the review processes. Smart technologies can in seconds create a visualisation of business networks to analyse their shareholders structure and the world-wide operational presence. This helps KYC analysts to quickly understand the ownership structure and the exposure to high-risk jurisdictions.

Moreover, digital transformation contributes to employee’s satisfaction. In many organizations KYC departments are struggling with high employee turnover and low motivation. This is a result of poorly developed documentation, outdated tools, and highly manual, repetitive work. Technology is playing here an increasingly important role. Most of the KYC Analyst are young people who grew up as digital natives. Especially this group of employees is affected by bad user experience of old tools.

Regulatory Compliance and the Quality of the KYC Process

Digital transformation of KYC departments is not only about operational efficiency and customer experience but also the quality of the Customer Due Diligence process. Organizations which embrace digital transformation gain a competitive edge by leveraging data-driven insights to make informed business decisions.

By digitalizing their KYC processes, organizations can leverage large data sets, advanced analytics, and AI algorithms to detect patterns, identify trends, and uncover actionable insights from customer data. The depth and the accuracy of those technology is unmatched with manual processes.

Digital transformation enables the integration of disparate data sources and systems, facilitating seamless information collection from external sources and sharing between internal departments. These integrations minimize data duplication and ensure a holistic view of the customers and their risks. Thanks to that, commercial decisions are more accurate and can be taken faster.

Additionally, modern digital platforms offer real-time monitoring of changes to customer data. Thanks to that they enable Perpetual KYC allowing companies to always be in control of their risks.


In conclusion, the digital transformation of KYC departments presents immense opportunities for organizations to enhance operational efficiency, improve customer and employee experience, and ensure high quality KYC reviews. By adopting digital solutions, businesses can streamline and automate KYC processes, minimize errors, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The shift towards customer centricity and employee satisfaction helps building loyalty, ultimately contributing to a positive brand image. Ultimately, embracing digital transformation in KYC departments positions organizations at the forefront of innovation, enabling them to leverage data-driven insights and emerging technologies for sustainable growth in the digital era.

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