WEBINAR ALERT | Bringing Cash Management Solutions to the Benelux

treasuryXL | Nomentia |

Date & time: January 27, 2022 at 12:00-12:45 PM CET/ 13:00-13:45 EET | Duration 45 minutes

Nomentia has been the market-leading solution provider in the Nordics for global payment and cash flow forecasting solutions. Finally, our solutions are now available for you in the Benelux in French and Dutch besides English.

In this webinar, we will introduce our Payment module for global, centralized management of B2B payments, the anomaly detection add-on for tackling fraud and errors, cash forecasting & visibility, as well as bank connectivity as a service.

Join the webinar to learn more about: 

  • Why do you need a centralized payment tool?
  • Why would you switch from a legacy local multi-EB system to a new SaaS Multi-Bank system?
  • How our customers benefit from using Nomentia Payments?
  • How to tackle fraud and manual errors with automated anomaly detection?
  • Why should you switch from spreadsheets to a liquidity management solution?
  • How does Nomentia cash forecasting work in practice?
  • Nomentia’s hyper modular bank connectivity as a service:
    • How does this work?
    • How can you benefit from it?

At the end of the webinar, we’ll have time for a short Q&A session to answer your questions.

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Meet the speakers

Huub Wevers

Huub Wevers

Senior Sales Manager
Nomentia

Tapani Oksala

Solutions Manager
Nomentia

 

 

9th Annual Credit Risk Modelling and Management in a Post-Pandemic Environment

05-01-2021| treasuryXL | marcus evans |

Management of credit risk and models are a top priority for banks.


Amsterdam, Netherlands | Option to attend virtually

21-23 February, 2022 | 08:30 CET


Methodologies to review and refine credit risk models incorporating Basel IV, IRFS9, IRB, climate risk and stress testing regulation

Credit risk modelling and management is an ongoing priority for the banking industry. The true impact of COVID-19 on credit risk is not yet clear. During the pandemic governments across Europe injected a lot of cash into the banking system to support companies and individuals and even though this helped to minimize bankruptcies and defaults, the real economic impact has been masked. Moreover, credit risk models have been tested to the extreme and IFRS 9 models were no exception. If anything surfaced out of this situation for banks, is the need to uncover alternative credit modelling techniques which can help models perform better in various crises scenarios.

The marcus evans 9th Annual Credit Risk Modelling and Management in a post-pandemic environment conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands and virtually, on 21-23 February, 2022, will provide risk modellers much needed knowledge to improve existing credit risk modelling techniques to make accurate predictions and maintain profitability. Banks will be able to compare and contrast lessons learnt during the pandemic as well as pinpoint key challenges and priorities faced by credit risk modelling managers. Comprehensive solutions regarding modelling techniques, regulatory compliance, climate risk, stress testing and data management will also be offered.

Attending This Premier marcus evans Conference Will Enable You to:

  • Incorporate macroeconomic factors into stress testing
  • Practice and perfect IRB modelling techniques
  • Correct treatment of government schemes in IFRS 9 models
  • Comprehend the new definition of default
  • Interpret regulation and implement practical scenarios
  • Be precise when defining model parameters

Best Practices and Case Studies from:

  • Nick Popov, Managing Director, Rabobank
  • Matt Spencer, Head of Credit Risk Technology, Investsec
  • Stuart Burns, Model Development & Validation, Bank of England
  • Sebastian Ptasznik, Head of IFRS 9 and Non-IRB Risk Validation, Close Brothers
  • Joris Krijger, AI & Ethics Specialist, De Volksbank
  • Alan Forrest, Advisory Senior Manager, Model Risk Oversight, Virgin Money
  • Catarina Souza, Senior Expert Model Risk Management, ING

Special discounts available to Treasury XL subscribers! For more information please contact: Ria Kiayia, Digital Media and PR Marketing Executive at [email protected] or visit: https://bit.ly/3pTHs6p

 

 

 

 

First cross-border Confirmation of Payee solution launched for payments between France and the Netherlands

16-12-2021 | treasuryXL |

SurePay, SEPAMail.eu and StreamMind have announced the launch of the first cross-border Confirmation of Payee solution. This service enables companies and banks to check that the account information entered matches the intended beneficiary when initiating cross-border payments between France and the Netherlands and marks an important first step towards a pan-European solution in the fight against fraud.

Confirmation of Payee is a way to give consumers, banks and companies greater assurance that their payments are being routed to the intended recipient and are not being accidentally or deliberately misdirected.

Payments across Europe have increasingly shifted to digital channels, leading to a surge in fraud cases throughout the continent due to methods such as phishing, spoofing, APP scams and CEO fraud. Additionally, fraud is becoming increasingly international, whereby fraudsters are using foreign bank accounts for fraudulent purposes.

SEPAmail.eu offers an account check solution in France for more than 90% of bank accounts and SurePay’s IBAN-Name Check solution checks 99.5% of all online payments in the Netherlands.

This allows banks, consumers and companies in France and the Netherlands to check the accuracy of the account holder. This significantly reduces fraud and errors in payments. In addition, the IBAN-Name Check increases efficiency and improves the customer journey. In the Netherlands the IBAN-Name Check is used by over 150 companies such as insurance companies, lenders, government agencies, energy companies and many others, to prevent fraud or when accepting new suppliers, customers and employees.

 

More info: https://www.surepay.nl/en/news/first-cross-border-iban-name-check-launched-for-payments-between-france-and-the-netherlands/

Survey | Anomalous Payments Detection

15-12-2021 | treasuryXL | Nomentia | LinkedIn |

Our partner Nomentia and Netguardians, are conducting a survey for treasury and finance professionals to get a better understanding of the current challenges companies are facing in identifying and preventing anomalous payments. This way, we can provide more relevant solutions and share industry knowledge with the treasury and finance community.

Payments are growing in volume and gaining speed, with “instant payment” gradually becoming the norm. With increasing speed and volume, the risk of processing anomalous or fraudulent payments increases simultaneously. These anomalous payments may be caused by human errors or by fraudulent activities such as fraudsters impersonating CEOs, sending fake invoices, and other scams. This results in both operational and financial losses for the company.

By filling out this survey you will help advance the solutions that are needed to fight anomalous payments. You can fill out the survey completely anonymously. It takes around 5 to 10 minutes to complete the survey depending on the answers you provide throughout the survey.

We thank you for your kind participation!

 

 

How does BRITA GmbH use Nomentia Payments in Germany?

| 01-12-2021 | treasuryXL | Nomentia | LinkedIn |

BRITA GmbH, a German water filter manufacturer with total sales of 617 million euros in the business year 2020 and 2,205 employees worldwide at the end of 2020, is the market leader in drinking water optimization and individualization. The company is represented by 30 national and international subsidiaries and branches as well as shareholdings. Brita has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Italy, China and the United Kingdom.

The challenge

Brita has a complex business. The company’s products are distributed globally in over 70 countries on all 4 continents.

Brita’s treasury department was facing the following challenges:

 

– The used multibank payment tool was discontinued.

– Lack of a system that is independent of banks.

– Lack of centralization of treasury and cash management.

 

Currently, cash management is not centralized in the company. But there are group requirements setting a minimum standard for banking systems. However, rolling out the project in Germany was the first step to evaluate the possible adoption also by the subsidiaries.

To roll out Nomentia worldwide and achieve the goal of having one system for all payment transactions, first, Brita needs to take a few vital strategic moves, such as ensuring that all subsidiaries are using a group bank and the same ERP system, as well as setting up connectivity with all the group banks to be able to handle also those payment types that cannot go through Electronic Banking Internet Communication (EBICS).

The solution

Instead of working with as many as 7 different banks just within Germany to process payments, Brita chose to use Nomentia, as a single tool that is independent of banks.

Currently, Brita is connected to two major global banks and a few local banks through EBICS. They are currently discovering the possibility to add more connections, like a host-to-host connection to a major global bank.

In the beginning, Brita’s treasury and IT departments had to work closely with Nomentia to set up the project that required a lot of communication from both parties.

 

“Once our IT understood that Nomentia can do magic by connecting to our ERP system, retrieve a file from the bank and send it to our ERP in the right format, it was easy to get their buy-in. Our team had a lot of experience with long ERP projects and they were impressed with Nomentia’s capabilities” – said Doreen Lenk, Manager Group Treasury & Risk Management.

 

Nomentia’s Payments solution is currently used by almost all Brita’s German branches and they are currently in the middle of rolling out the solution in Italy. In case that’s a success, they may look at starting to use Nomentia in other countries as well.

The benefits

Rolling out a new product for treasury management can often be a challenge. It requires strategic planning from the department, cooperation with IT, and working closely with the solution provider. In addition, aligning the group in different countries also requires a lot of paperwork as well as training.

Brita has realized three key benefits of working with Nomentia. These benefits can be even further realized after further adoption of the solution.

1. One system for all in Germany for better processes and decreasing the number of errors

 

The biggest benefit has been that German branches can use one tool to communicate with all German banks. Without Nomentia, Brita would be working with several systems from several banks. Now all transactions go through Nomentia which makes the process less error-prone.

2. Automated processes

 

The processes have been automated for the German branches and this saves a lot of time for the accountants. As Nomentia is also integrated with SAP, they can see all the invoices from SAP, too.

3. Avoid fraud

 

With having just one system in place, it’s easier to have the highest level of transparency of the transactions and access rights.

 

 

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Who is process owner in the search for a treasurer?

| 30-11-2021 | treasuryXL | Pieter de Kiewit | LinkedIn | Over the last years, Treasurer Search found hundreds of treasurers. Our client contact persons are HR managers & internal recruiters, the CFO, Group Treasurer and sometimes even procurement. There is no standard first contact. Working with more than one often works best. This is what […]

WEBINAR ALERT | Everything you need to know about payments for future-proof cash and treasury management

treasuryXL | Nomentia |

 

Date & time: December 2, 2021 at 2.00 pm CET | Duration 45 minutes

Finding the optimal payments process can be challenging. Therefore, TreasuryXL and Nomentia experts join forces to discuss payments in more detail.

Join the webinar to learn more about: 

  • Introduction TreasuryXL and Nomentia
  • Payment set-ups for a future-proof multinationals
  • Areas of new developments and challenges
  • Dealing with different bank connections and ERP interfaces
  • The involvement of IT in technical payment set-ups 
  • User management
  • Fraud management
  • Putting it all together

At the end of the webinar, we’ll have time for a short Q&A session to answer your questions.

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Meet the speakers

Kees-Jan Kindt

Seasoned Treasury Expert
TreasuryXL / Gazprom

Huub Wevers

Huub Wevers

Senior Sales Manager
Nomentia

Tapani Oksala

Solutions Manager
Nomentia


 

 

The Launch of Treasurer Test 2.0 Is Just Around The Corner. Why and How did We Create a New Version?

16-11-2021 | treasuryXL | In 2017 we created the Treasurer Test, an online, peer-based assessment that measures the technical knowledge in treasury and the personality profile of the candidate. The idea for this originated from two important observations. First, in most labour markets there is no recognized qualification in treasury like CPA or CFA in […]

Changing priorities of corporate treasurers post-pandemic

| 15-11-2021 | Eurofinance | treasuryXLLinkedIn

More than 18 months have passed since treasury professionals around the world had to leave their offices at short notice due to the escalating covid-19 crisis. In April 2021, EuroFinance carried out a survey to find out more about the different ways the pandemic has affected treasury professionals. Alongside the adoption of remote working, the subsequent report highlights treasurers’ accelerated adoption of digital technologies, and the contribution that treasurers make to board-level decision-making during a crisis.

What are the key takeaways from this report?

  • The importance of cash flow forecasting has been underlined by the crisis. Almost three quarters of treasury professionals have increased their focus on cash forecasting during the crisis, while 54% plan to prioritise cash forecasting in the future.
  • Cash management and liquidity management remains a top priority for treasury professionals. Seven out of ten said cash management/liquidity management was a top priority going forward.
  • Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation. Alongside the rise in remote working, treasury teams have increased their adoption of robotic process automation (RPA), APIs/cloud, machine learning/AI and virtual accounts/in-house banks.
  • Treasurers have been more involved in board-level decision making during the pandemic, with 39% of treasurers saying they are more involved since the crisis began.

Want to see the full report?

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Cash Flow Forecasting – Why having the right tools can prove a significant advantage

| 10-11-2021 | treasuryXL | Nomentia | LinkedIn

Introduction David Kelin

 

 

David Kelin is the Managing Director of DNA Treasury Limited. He is a cash management specialist with over 30 years of experience working with corporates and financial institutions. Expertise in helping companies analyse their cash management requirements. He has experience in providing advice on treasury management systems selection. Recently he attended a roundtable discussion on cash flow forecasting for Nomentia, and tells us why cash flow forecasting is a crucial activity for every treasury department.

 

 

 

Round table on cashflow forecasting

I recently chaired a roundtable discussion on cashflow forecasting for Nomentia, a market-leading cash management & treasury solutions provider headquartered in Finland. The group included a cross section of treasury professionals representing a wide range of industry sectors and companies of varying sizes but each shared one common objective: how to best improve their cashflow forecasting processes and methods.

Of the many interesting themes to emerge, one challenge remained agnostic to each treasurer: securing ongoing collaboration from their business units and subsidiaries in the provision of reliable, consistent and accurate cashflow data. Given the importance of accurate cashflow forecasting for organisations of all sizes in today’s economic climate, this is one area of the cash forecasting process we’ll return to at a later stage in this article.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the UK, 90% of businesses fail due to cash flow issues. Sir Richard Branson summed it up very well when he said, “Never take your eyes of the cash flow because it’s the life blood of the business.”


Focus on cash flow

Cash flow management is crucial for business survival and well-informed decision making around cash flow maximisation can ensure companies are adequately equipped to navigate times of uncertainty and plan for the long-term. Focussing on cash flow, rather than profit, is what successful businesses do. Let’s think of this in simple terms: a profit-making business that does not manage its cash flows effectively can struggle to pay suppliers and suffer from subsequent delays in meeting customer demand. The end result is unhappy suppliers, lost customers and a negative impact on profits.

The burning question therefore remains, if we unanimously agree that cash flow management is vital to business success, then why does it continue to prove an ongoing headache for many organisations. A sentiment I regularly encounter when meeting with treasurers across my network and hotly resonated during the course of the roundtable in question.

Data is key

When we explored this matter in more detail there was a broad consensus that cash flow forecasting is only as good as the data it comprises. The old adage of Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO) is true for cash flow forecasting. Inaccurate data leads to inaccurate forecasting, rendering the process inadequate and almost unfit for purpose.

The key outcome? Data is absolutely key. But data can come from many different sources for example the P&L, ERP systems, payroll etc. These data sources tend to be reliable in so much as they reflect known activities, however as a panel member correctly pointed out, relying on data that is derived from the P&L alone, to produce the forecast, does not lead to accuracy. You must also get the business units to provide and update cash flow forecast data in order to complete the picture.

Securing business unit ‘buy-in’ to the benefits of the forecasting process and, just as importantly, being able to depend on their full collaboration around accurate data provision can sometimes prove a hard challenge – here’s some guidelines to increase your likelihood of success:

  1.  Get senior management buy-in: the panel agreed it’s not enough for Treasury to simply tell the businesses to provide accurate, timely and reliable data. The process should be endorsed and championed by senior management through regular communication to the business units
  1.  Communication, Communication, Communication!: business units must also buy-in to the process. Companies that are the most successful at cashflow forecasting agree that when business units understand the importance of good forecasting, they tend to do a better job of providing quality data. A good example of this was offered by one of our panel members –

We meet with our business units on a regular basis to explain why we ask them for cash flow forecast information. We always say that poor cash forecasting affects our bottom line. If you get your forecasting wrong, then your exposures are wrong, your hedging is wrong and this can ultimately lead to a potential FX loss which in turn, affects the P&L.”

Another treasurer further explained:

The best business units are those who have bought into the forecasting process and understand its importance to the whole organisation. They take pride in providing accurate data in a timely manner. This behaviour doesn’t happen overnight but as a result of a change in the company culture which they have bought into. Cash flow forecasting is now part of our Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).”

  1.  The right tools for the job: getting buy-in from business units takes more than just great communication. Panel members were clear that you need to make the data provision process as easy as possible, given most business units are busy running day-to-day operations and have limited bandwidth.

Providing the right tools for the job demonstrates treasury’s commitment to supporting business units with their part of the process. Spreadsheets can be a quick, no-cost tool of choice but are prone to human error and require consolidation at treasury level. Spreadsheets are also time-consuming, not user-friendly and limit data manipulation capabilities around forecast comparisons, variance analysis, what-if scenarios etc. Modern and affordable specialist cloud cash forecasting systems are fast replacing spreadsheets as the forecasting tool of choice, allowing business units input or update data from anywhere, quickly, efficiently and accurately.

In summary, cash flow forecasting is a crucial activity for treasury departments everywhere but to do it well you need to ensure that the entities supplying the information have bought into the process and are provided with the best tools for doing it.

 

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