The expansion of the community enables the members to leverage the results from the IVN for their custom projects as well as to directly influence the development of software solutions for the banking industry. As part of expanding the scope of its charter, the community has opened its membership to include additional banks and non-banks, including software providers, service providers and auditors. With this announcement, the members of the community and SAP continue to deliver on their mission to provide a common innovation backbone for the banking industry, be it global retail banks, private banks or corporate banks.
The community definition group for banking currently has 37 members with more than 130 individual participants engaged in 23 work groups defining services, discussing architecture topics and creating building blocks to help companies make a successful transition to enterprise SOA. In addition, the community has created an SOA taxonomy, developed a service landscape and identified the strategic and organization building blocks that banks require for a successful transition to enterprise SOA. Participants engaged in the expanded community include, among others: Callataÿ & Wouters, Commerzbank, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, FinanzIT, Hewlett Packard, HSH Nordbank, La Caixa, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, SPSS, StreamServe, Syskoplan AG, SWIFT and TXS Financial Products.
Recognizing that it is paramount to have customers and suppliers agree upon specific services definitions, SAP and a group of nine leading banking customers launched this initiative in December 2005. Participants included ABN AMRO, Absa, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Credit Suisse, Deutsche Postbank, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Nordea and Standard Bank. Since the commencement, the group has met significant milestones and has jointly identified more than 180 critical enterprise services, which SAP and other partners have committed to implement.
Participants Find Significant Benefits
“Integration issues make the business case for buying software, especially in larger organizations,” said Johan Smessaert, head of enterprise architecture, ING. “Collaboration in defining services via the industry value network for banks should help reduce integration and new solution adoption costs. With its strong experience in standardizing solution development, SAP uses these services definitions to reduce customer integration costs. SAP can also take an active role to promote ecosystem collaboration on a common services layer for the banking industry.”
Standard Bank, the largest bank in South Africa, also saw cost reduction as a major motivation in seeking an enterprise SOA. Being a part of the industry value network for banks has also helped Standard Bank learn from other banks regarding the benchmarks for enterprise SOA adoption, and exchange ideas to avoid common pitfalls.
“We recognized the momentum of SAP NetWeaver as a business process platform for other industries and saw the opportunity to join first movers in the banking industry to define an open core banking platform based on enterprise SOA,” said Herman Singh, director of architecture and technology engineering, Standard Bank. “The expanded community lets thought leaders collaborate openly to define common services and leverage SAP and its ecosystem of solution vendors to codify and commoditize the processes at the industry level.”
SWIFT is a worldwide community of financial institutions whose purpose is to be the leader in communications solutions enabling interoperability between its members, their market infrastructures and their end-user communities. SWIFT joined the community definition group to contribute in the development of standardized services.
“I believe SAP’s community definition group could be of significant strategic relevance to the banking industry,” said Johan Kestens, head of marketing, member of the Executive Committee, SWIFT. “The energy and enthusiasm are high, the approach is practical and capitalizes on the momentum of the industry. As a leading global infrastructure of the financial industry, SWIFT can contribute on standard definition, processes and community implementation. I am looking forward to working with the members to try and achieve this.”
Industry Value Network for Banks: Enabling the Next-Generation Banking Solutions
The community definition group for banking has made significant progress in defining the services that will bridge the gap between the current bank systems and the next generation of banking solutions. The work of the community will ensure a non-disruptive, step-by-step movement toward enterprise SOA and will help banks integrate new functions and services into their existing IT environments.
“The success of the industry value network for banks is its ability to accommodate participants from institutions across the globe that represents a wide range of business backgrounds,” said Thomas Balgheim, senior vice president, Banking, SAP AG. “The IVN is not only about meetings and discussions. It stresses coaching, member feedback and quality control to ensure continued progress and a superior work product.”
To create further knowledge and experience in the banking industry, the community in the future will become more independent, which will enable its members to expand the work and global reach of the community. The goal of the community is to see the service definitions it supports becoming industry standards that will help financial institutions realize the full potential of enterprise SOA.
Enterprise Services Community: Defining the Building Blocks of Innovation
The community definition group for banking is supported by the Enterprise Services (ES) Community program, an integral part of SAP’s ecosystem. ES Community serves as the backbone for SAP’s engagement with customers and partners to propose, define and review enterprise services, the fundamental elements of enterprise SOA. All SAP ecosystem programs – including industry value networks, customer industry advisory councils and partners involved in the “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” initiative – leverage the ES Community process when they want to review or propose enterprise services definitions.
“The community definition group for banking, supported by SAP, has now evolved into a breakthrough model that allows it to deliver enormous value to the worldwide banking community,” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP. “The growing group of members, who are veterans of the banking industry and leading supporters of SOA technology, have recognized that it is paramount to have banks and solution providers reach broad agreement about enterprise services definitions to truly harness the value of enterprise SOA in the banking industry.”