NACHA—the Electronic Payments Association’s API Standardization Industry Group (ASIG), and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are collaborating to identify, develop and launch a community of application program interface (API) resources, including a microsite and developer portal, to support API standardization across the payments ecosystem.
The resource community will provide the financial services industry with a variety of API-related resources, including developer tools, training materials, product blogs, articles and code samples. The goal is to help the financial industry and developer community learn about and develop solutions by collaborating to ask questions, get support and share ideas.
Implementing standardized APIs is increasingly important for U.S. financial services firms as they strive to provide superior digital experiences and tailored customer offerings faster and more efficiently.
Late last year, ASIG identified 16 APIs that will have an immediate impact on the payments ecosystem and financial services industry. From the 16, the Group prioritized five for initial focus, which will help reduce risk, drive efficiencies, increase access and improve security among industry participants. The resource community will be built to support the initial APIs and will grow over time as additional APIs are identified and launched.
“To foster adoption, drive innovation and simplify integration of the APIs we’ve identified, we felt it was critical to offer the payments ecosystem tools to educate, develop, test and provide feedback,” said George Throckmorton, managing director at NACHA. “By partnering with Accenture, we’re able to offer business and technical resources via a digitally enabled platform with all the tools needed for successful deployment of APIs.”
Conrad Sheehan, a managing director in Accenture’s Payments practice, said, “We’re delighted to work with NACHA and ASIG to bring forward a comprehensive resource that will help the industry pivot toward more open and interoperable banking. This initiative will support next-generation market innovation, new operating efficiencies for industry participants and better experiences for retail, corporate and internal industry users.”
Over the next few months, ASIG and Accenture will continue development of the resource community through a number of forums, including the upcoming ASIG Meeting, which will be held Feb. 28 as part of the NACHA Payments Innovation Alliance Member Meeting, taking place Feb. 28 through March 2 in San Francisco.