Axway Smoothes Payment Flows and Ensures Compliance with SEPA Requirements and Other Global Financial Mandates

30 November 2010

Axway Financial Exchange Enables SEPA Compliance and Provides Support for Emerging EBICS TS Standard Required for Payments between Financial Institutions and Corporations

Axway, the Business Interaction Networks company, has enhanced its award-winning Axway Financial Exchange solution to meet the evolving payment- architecture needs of global financial institutions and corporations.Multi-national organizations that exchange payments in any European country can rely on Axway Financial Exchange as a foundation for compliance with the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) initiative, to improve the efficiency of cross-border and local payments. Axway Financial Exchange allows organizations to use a single architecture for all payment flows, thus lowering costs, increasing agility, and ensuring compliance with global standards – including Electronic Banking Internet Communication Standard TS (EBICS). Axway Financial Exchange is unique in that it provides a finance-specific solution with pre-packaged SWIFT and SEPA format libraries, mappings and processes.

As Gareth Lodge, regional research leader of TowerGroup observes, “The creation of SEPA and the increasingly global nature of payments has challenged financial institutions and corporates to update or reconfigure their payment flow infrastructure. In addition, more complexity is being introduced, including mobile and electronic payments, as well as a continuous increase in global volume.”

Axway Financial Exchange’s support for EBICS TS enables personal digital signatures, which allow organizations to validate and process incoming data automatically. This ensures non-repudiation, improves straight-through processing (STP) and reduces connection and transmission costs. In addition to supporting EBICS TS, Axway Financial Exchange now supports the new SWIFT Release 2010 for FIN store-and-forward messages.

Knowing that some of its customers plan to migrate to the EBICS protocol, Credit Agricole CIB has chosen to put in place the Axway Financial Exchange platform. Sebastian JEAN, Global Head of Marketing & Sales, Global Transaction Banking at Credit Agricole CIB said: "The Axway platform was our initial technology choice for its robustness, reliability and safety. The targets we set for ourselves in Cash Management must indeed lead us to demonstrate our ability to provide impeccable service to customers. The acquisition of the Axway platform - multi-channel, multi-company, multi-format and multi-service -- offers us the opportunity to open ourselves to a clientele that extends beyond our borders”.

Axway works with 14 of the 15 top worldwide banks and 9 of the 10 top U.S. banks. “Our customer base is comprised of organizations whose financial interaction networks span the globe,” said Dave Bennett, CTO of Axway. “Globalization introduces complexity; none more difficult than facilitating payment flows that adhere to both local and global protocols. Whether you are a North American bank looking to process payments in France or a Chinese one looking to conduct business in Latin America, the challenges remain the same. Ultimately, organizations will need to adopt a new payment architecture or enhance their current one to be able to simultaneously manage different protocols and message formats.”

Axway Financial Exchange facilitates the following:

• Secure Business-to-Business (B2B) Communications – Supports all B2B protocols used by financial institutions and corporations, including EBICS (T and TS), SWIFTNet, PeSIT, NACHA, EDIINT, ebXML, RosettaNet, HTTP/S, FTP/S, and others.
• Internal / Back-End Integration – Allows integrating with existing applications using a range of connectors, including JMS, HTTP and MQ Series.
• Pre-Packaged Integration Workflow and Maps – Provides financial document libraries and maps as well as pre-packaged data flows to orchestrate operations, such as personal signature validation, translation of domestic account identification numbers into BIC/IBAN account numbers, and monitoring service-level agreements between banks and their customers. Libraries supported include FIN, SEPA, CFONB-AFB, ZKA-DTA, NACHA IAT, EPN CCD+, and FIXML.
• End-to-End Visibility – An event-based architecture that offers transaction and process tracking and reporting for business and technical users, as well as analytics and lifecycle management within and beyond the enterprise.
• SEPA Direct Debit Processes – Provides corporations with deep correlation between existing client/contract repositories and new SEPA mandates. Also establishes an intermediation platform between corporations and financial institutions to significantly reduce the risk of returns, refunds and reversal of payment flows.

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