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May 2, 2022

The benefits from meeting the ISO 20022 compliance deadline

What are the benefits from meeting the compliance deadline on
ISO 20022

The ISO 20022 deadline on November 2022 is around the corner. The BankservAfrica SWIFT Bureau Team has taken important steps to help their customers going over this massive change.

The BankservAfrica SWIFT Bureau has partnered with Strate and Incentage AG for the
‘ICE - Incentage Conversion Engine’ module, which is based on the 'PIP- Payment Innovation Platform', to offer a revolutionary service that translates FIN (MT) messages into ISO20022 (MX) and SAMOS v8 standards sustainably.

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We have interviewed Andrei Cristea Technical Consultant at Incentage AG about upcoming technologies

Andrei, can you please explain in few and easy words what this ISO 20022 is?

Andrei: ISO 20022 is the language of the future for the financial word. That is the shortest description I can come up with. To go into a bit more detail, the XML based ISO20022 standard allows Financial Institutions to use richer data sets in a standardized fashion. This means that systems can consume messages with faster automation and resolution.

Why are people speaking about message transformation when they relate to this Standard?

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What kind of hurdles have you found doing such transformations in your different client projects?

The main challenge raised by doing the transformations is that we are working in a constantly evolving environment. The new standard must not only cater for existing products and situations, but must also face the following paradox in the financial world: As the landscape is more interconnected, data and systems become increasingly diverse. As such, the standards themselves must evolve to keep ahead of the needs of the world and the systems that use these standards have to respond fast to the changes. This is where the flexibility of our products comes into play, as this is what allows us to react very quickly and implement these changes.

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Now we found out that ISO 20022 brings a lot of benefits especially for cross border payments. But it’s still the old fashioned way of working while improving old technology and processes.
Why banks don’t change to a Blockchain based payment process or introduce Bitcoin as a new currency to the system. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Well, I would say that “old-fashioned” is not a bad thing in itself. There is still great value in the traditional way of message processing and there is still a lot of room for improvements that will generate even more value for it. So I would reason that the “old way” is going to be with us for a long time to come, especially if it is constantly improved and if it can meet the demands of tomorrow.

Blockchain technology, while not new by any means, is still in its infancy, in my opinion. It has to prove that it can be at the very least as resilient, secure and cost effective as its counterparts, before there is any talk about replacing them. This does not mean that blockchain technologies do not have tremendous potential, they absolutely do, but first they must prove it and they must also stand the test of time.

As it stands, I think that the blockchain technology will continue to evolve. New projects are being created every day, some are meant to be industry disruptors and I am sure they will be one day. I am very curious to see what the next year will bring for this segment of technology

Have you been working in a Blockchain payment project where Bitcoin or Ethereum or other kind of Blockchain Technology was involved?

In short, no. I have not worked in any blockchain related projects so far. I am following a few blockchain platforms as I think they will provide the most interesting projects in the coming years. These are Cardano, Solana and Polka Dot. Each have different approaches to solving the issues that blockchains are facing, such as decentralization, network processing speed, scalability and cost and I am excited to see which one will bring the most innovative and disruptive projects in the coming years.

What is your personal opinion: How is Incentage positioned in ISO20022 as well as in Blockchain / Cryptocurrencies?

I think that the solutions and the expertise that we bring to the table are what give us at Incentage an edge in dealing with the coming transition to ISO 20022. Flexibility, fast response times and communication are key aspects in this endeavour and I believe these are core values for us.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still emerging concepts and technologies that may bring great value in the future, depending on their use cases and adoption. When the time comes for the financial world to embrace new concepts, we will definitely be there to support our customers and to provide them with quality products.

Thank you very much Andrei for your insights.

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