Mastercard and Strands collaborate to empower small-to-medium enterprise  banking with AI and cutting-edge payment technology

Mastercard and Strands collaborate to empower small-to-medium enterprise banking with AI and cutting-edge payment technology

Strands and Mastercard announced they are working together globally to provide issuing banks with an integrated platform of digital cash management and commercial payment tools specifically designed to benefit their small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs) customer base.

SMEs are historically an underserved business segment despite their $46 trillion annual spending power. Now, the Strands Business Financial Management (BFM) will leverage Mastercard’s digital payment technology to deliver on-demand solutions helping these businesses to better understand their finances, project their short-term cash flow and see personalized recommendations for customized solutions. Both companies’ banking clients will benefit from this combined, value-added solution.

“SMEs are the backbone of the global economy and represent one of the biggest potential sources of revenue for banks; yet they are typically offered banking solutions designed with the retail customer in mind. Our in-house research shows that 61 percent of SMEs place cash flow management as one of their top three priorities to help them secure their financial future, but the banking solutions offered today by issuer banks do not address these unique requirements,” said Erik Brieva, Strands’ CEO.

Strands’ Business Financial Management solution offers a comprehensive set of tools and insights to empower SME owners to achieve better and more efficient management of their cash flow and working capital needs. These tools help manage accounts payables, receivables, budgets and provisions and are all powered by a layer of AI and machine-learning models that help users to navigate the financial needs of their businesses. Strands brings the power of AI-enabled solutions to the SME user to allow them predict income, expenses, forecast balances, receive personalized alerts and notifications and recommend products and/or services that meet the immediate needs of their business.

Strands’ BFM is entirely designed and built with the issuing bank in mind so that they can offer their SME customers a feature-rich platform to better manage their day-to-day finances. Going forward, users of this BFM platform will also have access to Mastercard In Control, which can help businesses track the use of commercial credit cards, Mastercard Merchant Match Tool to identify merchants that accept credit cards as a form of payment or Mastercard Easy Savings to provide loyalty rewards at select merchants and retailers.

The combined Strands’ SME platform and Mastercard payment technology is designed to empower customers across the globe. “Once more, Strands is showing a true determination to become the preferred FinTech partner for banks by developing world-class software and alliances that create value and contribute to the success of these financial institutions,” said Brieva.

 

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Mastercard y Strands colaboran para potenciar la banca de pequeñas y medianas empresas

Mastercard y Strands colaboran para potenciar la banca de pequeñas y medianas empresas

Mastercard y Strands están trabajando en conjunto para ofrecer a los bancos una plataforma integrada de gestión finanzas y herramientas de pagos diseñadas específicamente para beneficiar a su base de clientes de pequeñas y medianas empresas (pymes).

Las pymes han sido un segmento comercial desatendido históricamente, a pesar de su capacidad de gasto anual de 46 trillones de dólares. Ahora, el Business Financial Management (BFM) de Strands aprovechará la tecnología de pago digital de Mastercard para ofrecer soluciones que ayuden a estas empresas a comprender mejor sus finanzas, proyectar su flujo de caja a corto plazo y ver recomendaciones personalizadas. Los clientes bancarios de ambas compañías se beneficiarán de esta solución de valor añadido.

“Las pymes son la columna vertebral de la economía mundial y representan una de las mayores fuentes de ingresos potenciales para los bancos; sin embargo, las soluciones bancarias que se les ofrecen están diseñadas con el cliente minorista en mente. Nuestra propia investigación muestra que el 61 por ciento de las pymes ubican la gestión del flujo de caja entre sus tres principales prioridades para asegurar su futuro financiero, pero las soluciones bancarias ofrecidas hoy por los bancos no abordan estos requisitos”, dice Erik Brieva, CEO de Strands.

La solución BFM de Strands pone a la disposición de los propietarios de pymes un conjunto de herramientas que les permite administrar mejor y más eficientemente sus necesidades de flujo de caja y capital circulante —ayudando a gestionar cuentas por pagar, cuentas por cobrar, presupuestos y provisiones— y cuentan con una capa de IA y modelos de aprendizaje automático que ayudan a los usuarios a gobernar las necesidades financieras de sus negocios. Strands brinda al usuario pyme el poder de las soluciones habilitadas para IA para permitirles predecir los ingresos, los gastos, las proyecciones de saldos, recibir alertas y notificaciones personalizadas y recomendar productos y/o servicios que satisfagan las necesidades inmediatas de su negocio.

El BFM de Strands está completamente diseñado y construido pensando en el banco, de modo que puedan ofrecer a sus clientes pyme una plataforma rica en características para administrar mejor sus finanzas cotidianas. En el futuro, los usuarios de esta plataforma BFM también tendrán acceso a Mastercard In Control, para ayudar a las empresas a rastrear el uso de tarjetas de crédito comerciales; Mastercard Merchant Match Tool, para identificar a los comerciantes que aceptan tarjetas de crédito como forma de pago; o Mastercard Easy Savings, para proporcionar recompensas de fidelidad en comercios y minoristas seleccionados.

La combinación de la plataforma SME de Strands y la tecnología de pago Mastercard está diseñada para capacitar a clientes de todo el mundo. “Una vez más, Strands está demostrando una verdadera determinación de convertirse en el socio FinTech preferido por los bancos gracias al desarrollo de software y alianzas en todo el mundo que crean valor y contribuyen al éxito de estas instituciones financieras”, dice Brieva.

STRANDS Launches Financial Management (FM) Release 8.0

STRANDS Launches Financial Management (FM) Release 8.0

Financial Management (FM) 8.0 delivers heightened integrated architecture and API Hub to help banks leverage open banking.
Banks running the Strands PFM can provide the newest innovations for the SME segment through Strands BFM by upgrading to this latest core version.
It provides Real-Time Extension with high performance processing capacity (> 60k transactions per minute) for top-tier banks.
New generation of Strands Engager, enabling banks to provide tailored communications and solutions to each user with predefined insights across channels.

Barcelona, July 2nd, 2018. — STRANDS, the FinTech partner for financial institutions globally, today unveiled the latest release of its core white-label solution, Financial Management (FM) 8.0.
Investing in functionality to support the development and launch of financial management solutions is at the heart of STRANDS’ product strategy, as it consistently provides innovative software to its global client base.

The functional enhancements to FM 8.0 provide STRANDS’ clients with a truly comprehensive and customer-centric tool, whilst maximising efficiencies and supporting banks in improving the experience of their greatest asset —their users.
The new functional enhancements of FM Release 8.0 include:

✓ Heightened Integrated Architecture

A new Integrated Architecture that allows banks to serve the SME segment, also known as “the missing middle”, by upgrading to FM 8.0. It also includes the API HUB as part of the FM install, helping banks to leverage open banking by allowing their customers to connect to external services such as account aggregation, accounting packages (Quickbooks, Xero, Sage…) and many more to come.


Fig. 1 New Integrated FM architecture


Fig. 2 API Hub provides banks with a single, easy-to-use interface and uses a combination of Open Banking API, screen scraping and crawler technologies to connect to thousands of institutions worldwide.

✓ Real Time Extension (RTE)

The RTE is a system that uses real-time processing to handle large data sets, allowing top tier banks to process up to 60K transactions per minute. With RTE, banking users’ accounts will automatically be updated whenever a transaction is processed.
By offering the most up-to-date account information available, RTE will also help further protect users from potential fraud.

✓ Web version developed in React JS

The new FM 8.0 web version is developed in React JS technology to increase customization speed, and extensibility to mobile native development (React Native).

✓ New BFM User Interface

The new BFM User Interface enables customers to enhance their banking experience through beautiful, simple, and functional design. The money management tools for SMEs embrace an intuitive, user-centric design, as well as the integration of leading external Accounts/Receivables and Accounts/Payable software in order to facilitate and automate the reconciliation process.

In FM Release 8.0, STRANDS has placed a great deal of emphasis on helping banks offer a best-of-breed financial management solution, and has set the precedent for a new Engager generation —an advanced platform that enables banks to provide tailored communications to their users with more than 200 predefined insights for retail and SME customers.

Davivienda and STRANDS: Pioneers of PFM in Colombia

Davivienda and STRANDS: Pioneers of PFM in Colombia

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 Davivienda is committed to offering more transparency to its customers with personalized digital banking that provides a clearer vision and management of finances.

 STRANDS, the FinTech partner for banks, develops the Personal Finance Management (PFM) solution that integrates personalized digital banking functionalities, to give users a comprehensive perspective of their finances.

Bogotá, June 13th, 2018. Davivienda stands out as the most innovative and progressive bank in Colombia, being the first financial institution in the country to launch a more personalized and contextual digital banking offer with STRANDS Personal Finance Management (PFM).

As a fundamental part of its strategic vision to innovate in digital platforms, Davivienda found in STRANDS the ideal FinTech partner to incorporate this solution and thus, add value to its wide portfolio of products.

STRANDS was the clear choice of Davivienda, offering the possibility of integrating its solution with existing systems, complementing its current offer in a homogeneous way through custom-made functionalities, in accordance with its corporate image.

To fulfill the commitment to provide the best service to its customers, Davivienda offers training to both its employees and its users, to facilitate the adoption process and the overall experience.

“The feedback we have received has been very positive. Our clients appreciate the possibility of having a more complete vision of their finances, knowing what they spend and being able to organize more for the future,” said Hair Muñoz, director of Mobility and Digital Channels of Davivienda.

“From the beginning, we have had very good coordination with STRANDS. Its professionals have resolved our concerns in a very efficient way and their vision has perfectly fit with ours, which has resulted in a superior result, “said Margarita Henao, vice president of Personal Banking Products at Davivienda.

“Davivienda is one of the most innovative banks we know in Latin America. We are proud to collaborate with them in their digital initiatives. The implementation process of STRANDS has been successful thanks to the easy collaboration and teamwork together with multiple areas of the bank,” said Leandro Gimeno, Global Head of Sales of STRANDS.

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Davivienda y STRANDS: Pioneros de la banca digital en Colombia

Davivienda y STRANDS: Pioneros de la banca digital en Colombia

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✓   Davivienda apuesta por ofrecer más transparencia a sus clientes con una banca digital personalizada que brinde una visión y gestión más clara de las finanzas.

 La FinTech STRANDS desarrolla la solución Personal Finance Management (PFM) que permite a los usuarios mejorar su experiencia bancaria.

Bogotá, 13 de junio de 2018. Davivienda se destaca como el banco más innovador y progresista de Colombia al ser la primera entidad financiera del país que lanza al mercado una oferta de banca digital más personalizada y contextual con Personal Finance Management (PFM) de STRANDS.

Como parte fundamental de su visión estratégica de innovar en plataformas digitales, Davivienda encontró en STRANDS el partner idóneo para incorporar esta solución y así añadir valor a su amplia cartera de productos.  

STRANDS fue la clara elección de Davivienda, al ofrecerle la posibilidad de integrar su solución con sus sistemas existentes, complementando su oferta actual de manera homogénea a través de funcionalidades hechas a la medida, acordes con su imagen corporativa.

Para cumplir con el compromiso de brindar el mejor servicio a sus clientes, Davivienda ofrece formación tanto a sus empleados como a sus usuarios, para facilitar el proceso de adopción y la experiencia global.

Los comentarios que hemos recibido han sido muy positivos.  Nuestros clientes aprecian mucho la posibilidad de tener una visión más completa de sus finanzas, saber en lo que gastan y poder organizarse más de cara al futuro”, indicó Hair Muñoz, director de Movilidad y Canales Digitales de Davivienda.

“Desde el principio, hemos tenido muy buena coordinación con STRANDS.  Sus profesionales han resuelto nuestras inquietudes de manera muy eficiente y su visión ha encajado perfectamente con la nuestra, lo que se ha traducido en un resultado superior”, apuntó Margarita Henao, vicepresidenta de Productos de Banca Personal de Davivienda.

“Davivienda es uno de los bancos más innovadores que conocemos en América Latina. Nos llena de orgullo poder colaborarles dentro de sus iniciativas digitales. El proceso de implantación de STRANDS ha sido exitoso gracias a la fácil colaboración y trabajo en equipo junto con múltiples áreas del banco”, afirmó Leandro Gimeno, Global Head of Sales de STRANDS.

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