ISO 20022 for U.S. banks: strategies, benefits & more

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Celent Report: Payments - Your Core Business or Just Business For Your Core?

Gareth Lodge
Senior Analyst, Payments, Celent

The payments industry is undergoing unprecedented change. The advent of ISO 20022, real-time/instant payments and SWIFT gpi has refocused the attention of banks onto their payment systems and the lack of investment into technology and processes over the years. Indeed, there is irony in the fact that even though payments are such an integral part of a bank’s business, most have regarded payments as a back-office utility in which investment into upgrades have occurred only when absolutely necessary. But just as outdated core banking legacy systems are similarly having to be upgraded, banks are facing a critical junction – they need to determine if their future payments systems and core banking platforms should be intertwined or separated from one another.

Historically, impetus for change in the adoption of new payment hubs has been dictated either by a regulatory change, or because a piece of technology has come to the end of its lifetime and cannot meet modern demands. Due to recent significant changes in payments processing, banks are now in a position of having to rapidly choose how to progress. The question then becomes: Should payments be separate from the core banking system, or should the core banking solution also handle payments?

The Payments: Your Core Business or just Business for your Core? report analyses a number of factors that can help a bank understand which is the best path forward for them. The report emphasizes the importance of banks implementing a forward-looking payments strategy incorporating the following aspects: 

  • Scale and volume of electronic payments 
  • Proliferation and acceleration of new payment types
  • Resiliency and reliability of processing solutions

Learn more about the pros and cons of each appproach by downloading your copy of the report, below. 

Gareth Lodge
Gareth Lodge
Senior Analyst, Payments, Celent

Gareth's research focuses on Payments. As part of the payments team, his prime focus is on corporate payments, working closely with his colleagues in the Corporate Banking team. He is a leading expert on: bank payment processing, and is the analyst who has been covering payment services hubs the longest in the industry; payment networks and infrastructures, including Swift, ACH and Wires; and real-time payments, a topic he has been active in since 2006, and has worked in on almost every continent. Gareth has been widely quoted in the media, including American Banker, New York Times and BBC News, and is a frequent speaker at such events as Sibos, EBADay, NACHA Payments, as well as private events around the world.

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