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Technology review 2010: Treasury Management - In-house versus ASP and SaaS solutions

When purchasing a cash and treasury management system, corporate treasurers must decide whether to opt for an in-house installation, an application service provider (ASP) solution or a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. The in-house system is the traditional route, still taken by many, but the ASP solution is now becoming a viable alternative, even for very large multinational companies, and some suppliers only provide ASP or SaaS solutions.

The cash and treasury management system providing the ASP solution is usually hosted and maintained by the supplier in its data centre, though it can be hosted in the company’s data centre, if required. Medium sized and large companies have used ASP solutions for several years now, but over the past couple of years some very large companies have also begun to use them. One of the largest, Procter and Gamble, recently moved the whole of its treasury operations from a Wall Street Systems in-house installation, which was fully integrated with its ERP systems around the world carrying out $1 trillion worth of transactions a year, to the Wall Street Systems ASP solution, a move which has proved extremely successful.

John Byma, Procter and Gamble’s director of global treasury, explains, "We have been in our ASP model for nearly 18 months and have resolved most of our concerns around maintaining long-term technical skills, increased the end-to-end velocity of new development and issue resolution by concentrating the resources with those that know the system the best and increased our ability to stay ahead of capacity and infrastructure changes, all at a lower cost.

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