We at SWIFT would like to hear about your ISO 20022 plans, experiences and questions. Leading up to Sibos, we are publishing a series of weekly blogs on Finextra called "Making ISO 20022 work for you", each focusing on a specific ISO 20022 business case
and implementation aspect. All blogs will end with an open-ended question. The purpose is not to start an online discussion, but rather to collect your feedback, some of which will be presented during our
Standards Forum at Sibos in Singapore, held from 12 to 15 October 2015. The fourth blog in our series deals with implementation roadmaps for financial institutions. You will find a list of previous blogs in this series below. Thank you in advance for
As part of everyday business, financial institutions (FIs) are connected with numerous counterparties - other FIs, correspondent banks, service providers, corporate customers, as well as market infrastructures. For FIs which have a global footprint, the
collective impact of multiple ISO 20022 initiatives, staged across multiple market infrastructures, needs to be evaluated. And, as I hinted at in my previous blogs in this series, in addition to these external drivers FIs may also have internal reasons to
adopt ISO 20022, linked to either platform renewal, centralisation, the offering of
regulatory requirements, or the optimisation of their
internal data architecture.
FIs will typically go for one, or a combination of the following two ISO 20022 implementation approaches:
1. Tactical approach where the FI undertakes the integration with each counterparty separately.
2. Strategic approach where the financial institution adapts its infrastructure and application environment to integrate ISO 20022 and accommodate new ISO 20022-specific capabilities.
To make an informed decision on what is the best implementation approach, it is considered best practice for FIs to perform a full impact assessment and to create an enterprise architecture that is as ‘future-proof’ as possible. Such implementation roadmap
is based on a business and technology impact assessment:
- During the business impact assessment, FIs review their current ISO 20022 landscape from an external business perspective, and summarise dependencies, business flows and message types with external financial institutions, corporate customers, third-party
service providers and market infrastructures.
- During the technology assessment, FIs review the their current ISO 20022 landscape from an internal application perspective and summarise business flows, message types and interface specifications with all internal applications within the organisation,
including the possible new functions that will be needed.
More detailed information about can be found in the information paper "Best practice for successful implementation of ISO 20022 for financial
How are you as a financial institution planning a future-proof ISO 20022 implementation roadmap?
Previous blogs in this series:
1 September 2015: Making ISO 20022 work for you:
8 September 2015: Making ISO 20022 work for you:
15 September 2015: Making ISO 20022 work for you: