Archive for February 11, 2021

#FAIL: Apple Maps Shows Canada’s Highway 401 As Highway 403

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2021 by itnerd

Apple Maps has had its share of #Fails over the years. But this specific #fail hit home for me personally yesterday. My wife called me from our car yesterday because Apple Maps was directing her onto highway 403. The thing was she was on highway 401 at the time and she didn’t know if she was doing something wrong. Because we both share the locations of our Apple Watches and iPhones with each other, I was able to use the Find My app on my MacBook to see where she was. From the looks of it she was on highway 401. But for some bizarre reason it was labeled as highway 403:

The MacDonald Cartier Freeway is highway 401 as per this Wikipedia article. But you can clearly see that it is labeled as highway 403. That’s a highway that branches off highway 401 just west of Pearson Airport and heads south and west toward the city of Hamilton Ontario and overlaps the Queen Elisabeth Way. Now locals would know this and not really care. But if you are passing through the province of Ontario and relying on Apple Maps for directions, that’s a #fail. And if you rely on directions as a means to feel safe like my wife does, that’s a #fail as well. So hopefully Apple fixes this quickly as this would be a server side fix for them. Though in the grand scheme of things, it’s not as bad as some other Apple Map #fails that I’ve covered on this blog.

Accenture and nCino Help National Bank Transform Its Commercial Lending Platform

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2021 by itnerd

With a goal to become the fastest bank for small businesses in Canada, National Bank of Canada is modernizing its commercial financing platform with the support of nCino, Inc., a pioneer in cloud banking and digital transformation solutions for the global financial services industry, and Accenture.

Accenture and National Bank have combined their skills to implement the nCino Bank Operating System®, making National Bank the first of the big six banks to implement this solution in Canada. nCino’s cloud-based platform helps financial institutions rapidly advance their offerings with innovative features and solutions.

Leveraging the nCino platform helps simplify and automate the commercial financing process to provide a distinctive experience to small, medium and large businesses supporting them in their growth. The launch of this new financing platform notably allows small businesses to obtain a financing decision in just a few minutes and receive funds in as little as 24 hours.

This initiative will contribute to National Bank’s priority of being a bank that builds long-term relationships and that stands out through its knowledge of its customers.

Accenture’s role included project management, process optimization, design, development, testing, change management and post-production support from teams in Montreal and across its global delivery network.