Enhanced automation will produce richer payments data
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Enhanced automation will produce richer payments data

Transaction banks are collaborating with ERP system vendors and other fintechs to maximise corporate use cases for ISO 20022.

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ISO 20022 was one of the most widely discussed themes at the global financial networking event Sibos last month. But with adoption still in its infancy, banks have a lot of work to do before they can offer enhanced cash management and richer data services across their corporate customer base.

To accelerate this process, financial institutions are working closely with enterprise resource planning developers to increase understanding of the opportunities created by enhanced automation in areas such as reconciliation and enhanced or enriched data, including legal entity identifiers and purpose-of-payment codes.

Oonagh McGrane, Lloyds Bank

“Now is the time not just to think of systemic readiness, but of individual use cases and what structured enhanced data may mean for corporate payment flows, both outbound and inbound,” says Oonagh McGrane, director financial institution commercialization, client products at Lloyds Bank.

It is encouraging to see so many cloud-based ERP and treasury management systems providers offering ISO 20022 support by default, and this should be a key consideration for corporates considering system upgrades, according to Mark Evans, head of cross-border and cross-currency payments at HSBC.


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