Monday, 15 May 2020 | By Kostas Kotsiopoulos, Executive Director, Login SA (Member of the Profile Group)
Real-time treasury is fast becoming a reality as greater levels of transparency and forecasting are required. The evolution of instant payment infrastructures worldwide is altering the liquidity landscape and creating the need for treasury processes and controls to turn ‘real-time’ ensuring that cash is being managed effectively.
However, real-time doesn’t only refer to payments, it also includes real-time FX, liquidity management and other treasury processes as noted in Treasury Today. To achieve this, treasurers need to embrace new business models while improving automation, therefore delivering unparalleled efficiencies and insights.
The rise of banking APIs allows for instant connection with treasury teams. APIs will continue to play a major role in this development by empowering banks to communicate with their clients in real-time as noted in Ernst & Young’s paper “Digital transformation in treasury services”. Several banks have made API-driven solutions available in the market, some of which enable treasury clients to integrate their processes, delivering real-time payment capabilities and access to fully automated solutions to process transactions and allow third-party developers to build additional tools that integrate directly with the bank.