How to cope with the interconnectivity trap part II

| 16-08-2016 | Hans de Vries |

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Electronic Banking has been here for more than thirty years now. And it certainly had a big impact on the way the corporates and banks communicate. Nevertheless, ever since the introduction Treasurers have been struggling to incorporate this feature into their IT ERP environment. They get stuck in the middle. You can read more about that in part I of this article. Today I will show you my “way out”.

A bank and ERP (and TMS) system agnostic solution to upgrade the Treasury function

The SaaS solution described in this article is particularly interesting for Treasurers because of the very limited implementation efforts that are needed to set-up the system at the corporate side. All the platform needs, is a connector that takes care of the automatic upload of files from the ERP environment to the platform. The platform takes care of the conversion of transaction files to the file format needed by the specific banks for processing and performs a validation on the contents of the files to ensure Straight Through Processing at the bank.

So there is no need for changing the output at the current ERP system. This is extremely handy in situations where the corporate landscape consists of various ERP systems, or various versions of an ERP system. The same goes for the download of statement files. After collection of the bank statements, the platform takes care of the conversion into the needed file formats and delivers them into the ERP (and TMS) environment for automatic reconciliation purposes. By using the (SaaS) bank agnostic platform the Treasurer is immediately freed from all usual IT concerns with regard to the bank connections. Most systems also provide the Treasurer with a Dashboard Function to monitor the actual total balances at all banks and the cashflows (End of day and Intraday) that enables them to perform bank (automated) independent cash balancing transactions if needed.

Streamlining the authorization processes to get full control

In most multibank situations the treasurer is faced with one bank only authorization schemes that in most cases use unique bank authorization codes tokens and procedures. This wide variety of tokens, passwords etc. makes life for a Treasurer far from easy especially from a compliancy perspective.

Routing all outgoing transaction files via the SaaS platform, provides the Treasurer with the unique opportunity to streamline the authorization process. He now gets the opportunity to fully control and maintain the granted functionalities / authorization levels per user that are applicable on all bank accounts. Especially in the upcoming times of real-time 24/7 processing by the banks, using this sole gateway to the banks will provide the Treasurer with maximum control of all outgoing transactions and therefore avoiding fraude to the max. Since these systems also provide all necessary audit trails, the Treasurer can take full accountability for the banking processes.

Saving substantial money

Depending on the platform and the number of banks that need to get connected, the costs of the implementation and annual subscription fee will vary per provider. However, the benefits of such an investment are not only measured by the upgrading of the internal cash management processes.

Implementing the platform will also directly lower the operational costs:

  • Experts estimate costs of € 15,000 per year per e-banking solution (maintenance, license fees, software updates, system administration, system tests, database configuration etc.)
  • Elimination of expenses for manual liquidity tracking, manual administration of bank accounts and bank master data as well as the bank-specific administration of signatory authorizations.
  • Reduced banking fees as a result of higher transparency, easier comparability as well as the maximized flexibility towards banks: daily choice of transaction bank(s) per currency/ transaction type.
  • Saving operational costs due to the elimination of manual intervention for the collection and upload of bank statements to the ERP system. In the perfect set-up the reconciliation process can be fully automated and finalized in the early hours of the day providing a head start to the credit management department.

In most cases, these savings pay back the investment in the bank agnostic platform within a year. The introduction of this relatively new cash management service will free the treasurer from the interconnectivity trap, upgrade the internal organization, provide a uniform authorization scheme on all banks while at the same time reducing the operational costs. This solution is also future proof due to its capacity to adopt quickly to new standards, formats etc. All in all, a perfect perspective on upgrading the cash management function within the treasury. For more information, check: PowertoPay.com.

 

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