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    A risky business

    Corporates operating in today’s uncertain markets know they cannot afford to be encumbered by dated, ineffectual risk technologies. Those treasurers looking for new tools to help them manage risk are often confronted with a confusing array of options. But as industry experts interviewed in this article maintain, when it comes to navigating the treasury technology landscape, it helps if you have a clear idea of your risk management needs beforehand.

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    A long time coming

    Adopting e-invoicing could bring great benefits not only to treasuries in terms of improved working capital metrics but in greater efficiencies right across the corporate organisation too. Onboarding suppliers is no walk in the park, however. To make it work, all internal stakeholders – and the procurement team especially – need to be onside.

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    A tangled web

    Defined by the UK Serious Fraud Office as intentional deception to obtain an advantage, avoid an obligation or cause loss to another person or company, fraud is an ongoing issue for the business community. Treasury Today considers the threat from the treasurer’s perspective and asks what role the profession has in defending corporate cash and reputation.

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    Mobile treasury: just a corporate convenience?

    If you take a quick look around you, it is likely that a smartphone or tablet computer won’t be far away. The evolving habits of today’s consumers and corporates mean that expectations for mobile applications to be available anytime and anywhere are increasingly commonplace. But how comfortable are treasurers with mobile channels and how committed are their banks to investment in mobile technologies?

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    ERP vs TMS: the best of enemies

    Over the years, some treasury departments have had the choice between implementing either a Treasury Management System (TMS) or the treasury module of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, while others have had to soldier on with spreadsheets. What are the arguments for and against each system?

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    A perfect storm

    As growth in the Asian markets continues, so too does the complexity of treasury operations. Is the treasury management system vendor community ready and willing to meet the diverse needs of local treasurers?

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    Do corporates need cloud cover?

    Some commentators believe that the cloud has the power to completely transform treasury, displacing all those archaic in-house systems with something that is cheaper, more efficient and, well, more modern. Yet security remains a perennial concern. In this article, we ask industry experts to weigh up some of the pros and cons of cloud technology, and the conclusions that are reached may just surprise some readers.

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    eBAM: the journey continues

    The story of eBAM is not an easy read for corporates. Despite its promise, the technology has faced plenty of challenges and has seen numerous false dawns. And while eBAM currently exists in a number of guises, multibank eBAM – the Holy Grail for corporates, remains largely out of reach, for now at least.

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    Emptying the drawer: farewell to security tokens?

    Electronic and online banking means electronic identification and authentication and for corporate treasurers, that means a different device and PIN for each bank. When the treasurer’s desk drawer opens and the mountain of security tokens spills out onto the floor, then surely it is time to find another means of accessing corporate online banking?

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    What’s the SCORE?

    SWIFT has been handling financial messages since 1977 but it took another 24 years before it was in a position to announce the availability of corporate access to its network. The bulk of its 1,300 corporate members signed up since 2001 still originate in Europe and the US, so what is happening in the Asian markets?