The job of a corporate treasurer isn’t easy.
Presiding over the financial decision-making processes of an entire company’s portfolio of investments and acquisitions is usually as high pressure as it sounds.
It’s a role that demands sound business knowledge, a solid appreciation of numbers, ruthless decisiveness, and a good amount of iron-stomached bottle. That’s before you’ve had to worry about conciliación and new technologies such as SWIFT gpi…
It’s also a role which, historically, has been more difficult than is necessary.
Wondering why? Put simply, treasurers deliver their most profound results based on the opportunity and their ability to analyse data. Unfortunately, technological limitations have meant that, to produce value, they have been forced to rely on end-of-day batched statements and information collated across multiple banking portals.
Imagine trying to analyse data that is, at best, guess work. Treasurers often don’t have the latest figures from across their accounts; if it’s a multi-national corporation, this becomes even more complicated.
Those in a Group Finance Function typically don’t have access to their organisations banks and subsidiaries, meaning the only data they receive is at month-end via reports. Higher-ups, such as CFOs, become completely unable to determine where the best investment lies as your banking operations may well be running on a cash visibility forecast that is consistently outdated.
In other words, though the fruits of treasurers’ labour are harvested during the analysis of data, without fully fleshed out finance and treasury reporting across their entire banking estate, they are destined to spend majority of their time simply gathering information.
Esto no sólo es claramente un mal uso del tiempo desde el punto de vista de la productividad, sino que también afecta inevitablemente a los resultados que los tesoreros pueden conseguir. Cuando la mayor parte de la jornada laboral se dedica a la mera recopilación de información financiera en lugar de al análisis de la misma, los fondos sólo pueden posicionarse hacia el cierre del juego, cuando la liquidez en muchos mercados se ha agotado, lo que disminuye los rendimientos potenciales.
Es una realidad que ha sido a partes iguales generalizada y atroz.
What Can Be Achieved With Real-Time Treasury Reporting and Cash Visibility?
Determined to remedy this imbalance between the gathering and analysing of data, AccessPay developed a highly innovative and eagerly-anticipated Cash Management service aimed at the beleaguered treasurers of global corporations.
Nuestra herramienta de visibilidad y análisis de la tesorería multibancaria proporciona a los tesoreros un único punto de acceso a la cartera completa de relaciones bancarias de la empresa. De este modo, tienen la posibilidad de ver sus posiciones de efectivo a primera hora del día, desplegar los movimientos de efectivo de forma activa y precisa a través de múltiples cuentas y, en consecuencia, optimizar el valor del capital de la empresa.
Lo más importante es que la información financiera se muestra en tiempo real y todos los datos se agregan automáticamente. De este modo, el tesorero dispone de una vista única que puede configurarse para ver los saldos por moneda, proveedor bancario, país, entidad jurídica o unidad de negocio de la organización.
The Difference Automated Real-Time Reporting Can Make
Even before the technological revolution began rapping on the office door of corporate treasurers, one would assume that – within a large, cash rich multi-national commercial organisation with a decentralised treasury function – each treasury team would ensure balances were kept to a minimum and investment opportunities in their jurisdiction were maximised.
Assumptions, though, are dangerous.
Without critical, real-time information and up-to-date cash visibility readily available, not only are such assumptions dangerous, they are difficult for corporate treasurers to either prove or disprove.
It’s a quandary familiar to most treasurers. No more so than one particular Treasury Operations Manager who approached AccessPay having grown increasingly impatient with only receiving balance updates once a month due to the disjointed approach across the global teams.
Los saldos en sí mismos eran habitualmente más elevados de lo esperado, lo suficiente para que muchos tesoreros encontraran otras cosas de las que preocuparse. Pero a esta tesorera le preocupaba el hecho de no poder demostrar que esto fuera algo normal, como le decían, quizá sin sorpresa, los distintos equipos.
After searching for a tool to help her achieve the required insights, she decided to use the AccessPay platform because of its ability to deliver accurate data, detailed analysis and up-to-date finance and treasury reporting. It allowed her to consolidate all of her balances across the group into a single, user-friendly, and configurable User Interface. This simple, real-time cash visibility soon exposed that the group and its subsidiaries were carrying excess cash throughout the month to the tune of around £50m, which was only being reduced over the month-end.
Freshly armed with this new information, she was able to challenge the corporate treasury teams, helps them reduce idle cash and liquidity risk and accelerate funding for strategic business initiatives. Funds were soon being invested daily, which across the year went onto generate income over £150k at current market rate – a perfect fairy-tale ending.
If Ever There Was a Case for Treasury Automation…
Business and commerce have been on a steady evolutionary journey since the first caveman offered to swap a hunk of bison carcass for his friend’s nifty looking sharpened lump of rock. The technological revolution has added a whole new dimension to this journey, forcing those who resist its offerings off the beaten track. In no role is this truer than that of corporate treasury.
Advancements such as multi-bank visibility and real time treasury reporting are transforming how these finance professionals are able to perform their duties. Hours of dead time each day – lost to almost mindlessly gathering data – are replaced with hours during which critical decisions can be made and bottom lines fortified.
We’re at a point in time where those corporate treasury departments who have deployed automation functionality are standing out for having made the leap. It won’t be long though, before the ones standing out are the corporate treasury departments that fail to make a move and opt to continue as they are.
Empower Your Treasury and Finance Teams With Us
A secure, scalable finance and treasury operation starts with connectivity.
A simple-to-use, single-point, real-time view of the full corporate banking portfolio is less a luxury and more a necessity. Unlock the potential of your treasury and finance teams to drive continuous revenue growth and contribute towards key strategic decision making.
How? Simple. By automating the time-consuming and risky process of cash and liquidity data gathering with increased cash visbility.
Find out more about AccessPay’s Cash Management solution and our ability to help you achieve real-time multi-bank cash visibility through seamless cloud-based bank connectivity y back-office integration.