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Fiskars Corporation chooses IT2

IT2 Treasury Solutions Limited announces that Fiskars Corporation has selected IT2 to provide a best practice treasury technology solution. IT2’s business partner in Sweden & Finland, OpusCapita, led the transaction. OpusCapita, an accredited IT2 Implementation Partner, is managing the Fiskars implementation project.

‘Nowadays, benefiting from information technology is normal practice in treasury operations. Mistakes can be reduced and better use made of the time available by automating processes and transferring information between systems, with as few manual stages involved as possible’, says Jari Laaninen, Treasurer, Fiskars Corporation, Corporate Treasury.

Fiskars will use the IT2 system for registering treasury transactions, managing financial risks, liquidity planning and the netting of intercompany transactions. The new system will be implemented later this year and expectations are high.

‘We expect to gain significant improvements in our governance and audit trail by replacing our current in-house system with IT2. Also, as our needs change with regard to new accounting regulations, for example, we expect that we can expand our IT2 usage to fulfill the new requirements.’

Fiskars had several criteria for choosing the system: that it must have an established position on the market and many users (ensuring future product development), and that implementation and support were available in Finland. IT2 Treasury Management’s integrated netting function tipped the scales in its favour. According to Laaninen, many suppliers offer netting as a separate system, but Fiskars wanted to have one truly integrated system covering all of its needs.

‘We are proud to have Fiskars, a globally recognised brand, using the IT2 Treasury Management System and extending its user base in Finland’, comments Päivi Karesjoki, Regional Director Finland, OpusCapita.

‘Automating treasury operations has been a hot topic for years, but until the introduction of the IT2 Treasury Management System, there was no high-level solution for doing so. This solution makes the client’s work easier and faster, since it features process thinking and incorporates a host of the best practices.

‘OpusCapita has clearly invested in a product that clients appreciate around the world. Complemented by our local support and fast implementation, this solution is guaranteed to produce added value for our clients quickly.’

In June 2009, one of OpusCapita’s IT2 clients, Ramirent Group, was awarded second place in the esteemed Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards 2009 for the effective harnessing of technology in support of financial operations.