SYSTEMS AND SERVICES PROVIDERS
By Anita Hawser and Rebecca Brace
|Accounts Payable Services
|BNY Mellon SourceNet
|Accounts Receivable Services
|SunGard AvantGard Receivables
|Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment Services
|Corporate Cards and Expense Services
|Multichannel Payments Services/Solutions
|Loss Prevention/Business Continuity Services
|IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services
|Pension Plan Administration Services
|Treasury Workstation Provider
|Hosted TCM Solution
Software As A Service (SaaS) Offering
|SWIFT Utility Access
Bank of America Merrill Lynch CashPro Accelerate
Corporate Risk Management Solution
|TCM Consultancy Services
|Ernst & Young
|Most Innovative New Solution
|SAP Financial Services Network
|Mobile Solution Provider
BEST TREASURY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS & SERVICES PROVIDERS
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SERVICES
BNY Mellon SourceNet
SourceNet, a division within BNY Mellon Treasury Services, was the overwhelming choice of the CFOs, finance directors and treasurers Global Finance surveyed as part of this year’s awards. As companies look to streamline their A/P, SourceNet helps themautomate what historically has been a manual, paper-based, labor-intensive process.
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE SERVICES
SunGard AvantGard Receivables
SunGard AvantGard Receivables GETPAID is one of the most complete collections systems around. Companies using it report substantial reductions in metrics such as DSO and bad debts. One notable addition is statistical modeling, which helps companies perform risk-based scoring and analysis of debtors to predict payment behavior.
ELECTRONIC INVOICE PRESENTMENT AND PAYMENT SERVICES
A key differentiator in the e-invoicing space is Basware’s Open Network, a B2B platform that “seamlessly” connects with other e-invoicing platforms. As analyst firm PayStream Advisors points out, Open Network means firms have to join only one network to “transact everywhere.” Basware can handle electronic and paper invoices, and offers onsite and outsourced invoice scanning.
ADP provides a wide range of payroll solutions, including fully outsourced payroll as part of its managed service, International Payroll, which handles the complexities of payroll operations across multiple countries, as well as an option that enables companies to outsource those components of payroll that are labor intensive.
CORPORATE CARDS AND EXPENSE SERVICES PROVIDER
According to PayStream Advisors, Visa has the largest percentage (42%) of global commercial and small-business card volume. Its IntelliLink Spend Management solution improves visibility and control over corporate card spend. “Unique to [IntelliLink] is the management of corporate cards at the point of sale,” says PayStream Advisors.
MULTICHANNEL PAYMENTS SERVICES/SOLUTIONS
Clear2Pay received the most votes in Global Finance’s Treasury and Cash Management survey. Using its Open Payment Framework, Clear2Pay has a range of payment solutions — including its Bank Payment Hub to enable banks to move away from a silo-based architecture for processing payments.
LOSS PREVENTION/BUSINESS CONTINUITY SERVICES PROVIDER
IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services
According to analyst firm Forrester, IBM is well placed to support business continuity management of large, complex organizations. It pinpoints IBM’s approach to analysis, including its Resilience Framework, which looks at different layers within a business to glean information that is used to design a strategy and architecture that is ultimately more secure and resilient.
PENSION PLAN ADMINISTRATION SERVICES
Another resounding winner from our reader’s poll, Mercer helps companies manage a wide range of pension schemes. Its services encompass administration, accounting and payments. Mercer launched its Workplace Savings solution to provide companies with more flexibility to respond to the ever-changing needs of the pensions market.
TREASURY WORKSTATION PROVIDER
Steve Evans, COO, AvantGard Treasury, SunGard, says treasurers must ensure sound access to cash and credit facilities “while dealing with resource and cost restraints as well as complying with the rules of all the regulatory jurisdictions in which they do business.” AvantGard offers a complete treasury solution for cash and risk management, managed bank connectivity and multiple deployment options.
HOSTED TCM SOLUTION
SunGard AvantGard’s hosting and managed services make life easier for companies that do not want to sustain the manpower or level of investment required for an inhouse system. “Corporations today are challenged with reducing IT costs and increasing business demands,” says Steve Evans, COO, AvantGard Treasury, SunGard.
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (SAAS) OFFERING
Kyriba is one of few treasury system providers that are purely SaaS-based. Jean-Luc Robert, chairman and CEO of Kyriba, says SaaS is rapidly becoming the dominant delivery method for treasury technology. “The ability … to access real-time data through a SaaS platform [offers] greater visibility of [the] overall financial position.”
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTION
SAP provides a range of enterprise software solutions based on firm size. Analysts rate SAP highly for its cash management functionality and strong product development, and despite increasing competition from the likes of Oracle, SAP still boasts the largest market share.
SWIFT UTILITY ACCESS
Service bureaus are an increasingly popular means for corporates to connect to the bank-owned network SWIFT. Following its merger with BankServ, Fundtech now offers an enhanced SWIFT service bureau to access a wide range of SWIFT utilities.
Jean-Luc Robert, chairman and CEO of Kyriba, says the ability to reliably forecast revenues and payments is vital when making critical borrowing and investment decisions. With Kyriba, subsidiaries can input forecasts, and the data is then merged with real-time bank reporting to produce a consolidated global forecast.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch CashPro Accelerate
Using XML-based CashPro Accelerate, treasurers can more easily calculate their cash position. Cindy Murray, head of global treasury product infrastructure, platforms and e-commerce, says: “CashPro Accelerate has evolved to be a powerful tool to quickly gain visibility into global cash positions, cash inflows and cash outflows.”
BEST CORPORATE RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
Reval offers an all-in-one solution that integrates cash and risk management functionality to address a broad range of risks, including liquidity risk, sovereign risk, currency risk and commodity, operational and compliance risk. It also provides access to a wide range of data, including rates and banking information, as part of its SaaS offering.
TCM CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young came out on top of a large field of treasury advisers, according to the more than 300 treasurers, CFOs and financial professionals Global Finance surveyed in its reader’s poll. Ernst & Young produces regular reports on cash and treasury management systems and providers, and advises on a range of key areas that impact treasury and cash, including corporate funding, liquidity management and risk management.
MOST INNOVATIVE NEW SOLUTION
SAP Financial Services Network
SAP’s Financial Services Network, which was announced at Sibos in Osaka in 2012 and is supported by a number of leading cash management banks, is a Cloud-based service designed to facilitate multibank routing, multiformat payments, on-boarding and corporate services application development and deployment.
BEST MOBILE SOLUTION PROVIDER
Wells Fargo, a pioneer in corporate mobile banking, continues to dominate thanks to enhancements to its CEO Mobile service. Recent additions include CEO Mobile Deposit to capture check and money order images and deposit funds using an iPhone. “As our customers move from paper to electronic systems … they are increasingly adopting our online and mobile channels,” says Secil Watson, head of wholesale Internet solutions, Wells Fargo.