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Factoring of the Future - Why Factors need to look to the Cloud

Factoring of the Future - Why Factors need to look to the Cloud

The concept of factoring has its roots in financial transactions stretching right back to Roman times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of processes powered by the most modern of cloud-based technologies.

Scalability in terms of both performance and business is increasingly important for companies providing accounts receivable factoring. Software as a Service (SaaS) has become an ideal solution for banks and factoring companies both large and small—particularly for those just starting out—due to the many and varied benefits cloud-based systems provide.

One of these is the flexible pay-as-you-grow model, which enables organisations to pay only for the services that they use, rather than shell out in advance for a rigid software license fee. It’s a particularly attractive proposition in times of uncertainty, such as during the pandemic, which severely affected global trade.

The SaaS model also helps businesses that want to provide factoring services to get up and running quickly. Up-front costs incurred when investing in on-premise servers and IT security can be prohibitive when starting any kind of financial services business, making cloud-based systems ever-more popular.

Integration with clients’ ERP systems is also key, and easy to achieve with cloud-based systems that can import invoices and provide transparent reporting. The requirements of clients vary hugely according to the systems and solutions they use, meaning that the flexibility provided by cloud is increasingly important.

There are three options when a company needs a factoring system. It can build it in-house, which is increasingly unlikely to be the option taken with so many third party offerings in the market. Building a system in-house also requires a separate development team, an approach that can be costly and time-consuming and lead to unreliable outcomes.

Secondly, a company can outsource an external company to write the software—on-premise or cloud-based, based on company requirements. This can be just as costly and resource-hungry, as well as time-consuming.

The third option is the SaaS model, which, once minor adjustments are made, provides out-of-the-box and ready-to-go functionality. This avoids having to devote time, resource and cost to development, operational and maintenance processes.

Businesses need speed and flexibility in order to stay focused on their growth goals by onboarding new clients, without the need to address potential security risks and maintenance associated with traditional in-house builds.

By using the right cloud-based software, banks and factoring companies have access to a wealth of opportunities that are available immediately, instead of having to test, run and develop services in-house. In this way, new businesses can leapfrog forward, tailor-making a microservices offering from a variety of industry tried and tested processes, making new features available to customers with a short time to market.

Download your copy of this white paper from Finextra, produced in association with Comarch, which explores the challenges for new and existing factoring companies, how these can be addressed using cloud software, and what it takes in a digital ecosystem to stay competitive and grow quickly.

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