• Technology outsourcing part one

    New technology is enabling outsourcing providers to distribute a far broader range of services to their customers than has been possible in the past. In this article, we look at the agency treasury providers, which offer either partially or fully outsourced services for treasuries’ front, middle and back office operations.

  • Treasury system deals on the up

    Chemicals giant Bayer has selected SunGard Trading and Risk Systems’ Adaptiv solution to support foreign exchange, fixed income and energy and commodity trading.

  • Business unit communication project tips #3

    This month, we complete our series for treasuries who are implementing, or considering implementing remote communications between treasury and other parts of the business via the web. Previous articles have focussed on the selection and implementation of this technology. In this final article, we look at the issues associated with maintaining and supporting the infrastructure over time.

  • Business Unit Communication Project Tips #2

    Last month, we published the first in a three-part series for treasuries who are looking to extend treasury functionality (usually via the web) out to their business units. We highlighted two of the business drivers for expanding the treasury systems infrastructure, namely IAS 39 and Sarbanes Oxley. The e-treasury 2.0 Research Report published later this spring outlines these and other drivers in more detail. This month, we examine some of the issues associated with the implementation project.

  • Business Unit Communication Project Tips #1

    As drivers for better internal communications increase (not least Sarbanes Oxley and IAS 39), an increasing number of companies are investing in web-based or web-enabled technology to supplement existing treasury technology infrastructure. This is the first in a series of three short articles addressing practical aspects of your e-treasury technology project to connect your treasury centre(s) and remote operations.

  • Time to get real?

    What is ‘real-time’ and why haven’t we achieved it yet?

    Banks, corporates and vendors have promised, demanded or claimed ‘real-time’ information and ‘real-time’ processing for years. Historically, this may have meant seeing a dealing position when requested rather than waiting for a batch update. What is ‘realtime’ in today’s environment and why aren’t we there yet? ‘Real-time’ is often confused with another familiar treasury catchphrase, ‘straight through processing’ (STP). We will address this in more detail in later issues.

  • Welcome to Treasury Today’s new monthly e-treasury section

    Conferences and trade press coverage frequently focus on the technology strategy and innovations of the world’s largest companies. Initiatives by these large companies rarely have immediate impact on reality for the majority of treasurers. But the use of newer technology, based on cheaper deployment mechanisms such as the web, has the potential to level this playing field.