Participation in the CGI initiative - Omikron confirms its role as prime partner to banks and corporates in harmonizing international payments
|Pressemitteilung von: Omikron Systemhaus GmbH & Co. KG|
|(openPR) - One standard message format for making payments with banks worldwide: this requirement, long at the top of the shopping list for international corporates, could soon become reality. Among the many drives to standardize payments between corporates and banks, the "Common Global Implementation" initiative (CGI) has set itself a particularly demanding challenge. Taking the ISO 20022 XML standard, a working group formed in 2009 set out to establish a generic core message for corporate – bank payment flows. Among the original 30+ members were some of the largest global banking groups, bank associations and major corporates.
As a member of the CGI initiative, Omikron closely follows the activities of the group and ensures that the findings are consistently implemented in its solu-tions. The aim is to ensure timely and full compliance with CGI standards in all corporate and bank products. Cooperating with internationally active banks and corporates. CGI formats and validations are being integrated in a number of parallel projects.
Omikron’s products cover all key functions needed by banks and corporates to exploit the benefits of CGI. These include:
• A secure transport of validated files in ISO 20022 XML format between corporates and banks
• An option for creating CGI-compliant orders
• Validation and repair of files to ensure that these match bank specifica-tions
• Conversion solutions to support banks and corporates who are not yet CGI-compliant, but want to make use of the benefits of this message format
Building on its expertise in multiple country markets and its pioneering role in the development of SEPA solutions, Omikron’s strategy is to support in parallel the guidelines specified and published by banking groups on the basis of CGI. What is invaluable at this level : alongside the central message, the CGI workgroup is also defining general conditions for integrating local rules, provid-ing a framework for national specialities such as Central Bank Reporting, tax details and structured narratives. Following a pilot phase at the end of 2011, specifications for Credit Transfers, Direct Debits and Cash Management in-formation have been signed off for a number of countries ; others are following step-by-step.
The integration of local and bank-specific developments in Omikron products ensures that payment files are automatically created in the correct format for the bank in question, as soon as an appropriate format variant is available. In addition, the modular structure of Omikron solutions enables banks and corporates to choose exactly the CGI functionality that meets their needs. As Thomas Zimmermann, Omikron’s Managing Director states : "Our strategy enables all market participants to decide directly and individually how much 'CGI' they want to use, and when. That means that everyone can make the most of the benefits promised by this exciting initiative.“
Omikron Systemhaus GmbH & Co. KG
Omikron Systemhaus focusses on e-banking and cash management solutions, and in its 25 years of existence has become market-leader in this field. Omikron’s MultiCash product suites, which range from Electronic Banking to Online Banking and Payment Factory solutions cover the entire spectrum of requirements for mid- to large corporates. MultiCash®, first launched in the 1980s, is in the meantime among the most established solutions across Europe and beyond for classic corporate e-banking. MultiCash Transfer® is tailored to corporates requiring a consolidated, central, bank-independent system to automate payments and cash management, as well as to connect seamlessly to in-house systems. Omikron’s software is constantly maintained to comply with technical enhancements and developments in the banking world. In addition, the modular structure allows the products to be fine-tuned to the requirements of each individual user.
Omikron products are available for more than 20 countries and in 17 languages, supporting about 200 national and international payment formats, as well as all European standards for customer-bank communication. Omikron backs this up with an all-round service portfolio, including a multilingual helpdesk, active product maintenance as well as training and powerful web-based support tools. The backbone of Omikron’s success in building rich and longstanding relations with its customers is the in-depth experience in project management, the international partner network and a strong emphasis on personal relationship.
Omikron Systemhaus GmbH & Co. KG
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