ABN AMRO, the third largest bank in the Netherlands, has chosen Wolters Kluwer and SAS to provide a truly integrated finance, risk, and regulatory reporting software solution.

The implementation of the software is part of the bank’s major transformation project, the Finance and Risk Architecture Alignment Initiative (FRAAI), which is designed to better meet increasing requests internally as well as from regulatory bodies for ever more granular or different data within shorter time lines.

Better management of high-quality data and improved risk analytics are key pillars to meet the increasing need for control, intelligence, and insight in the bank’s performance. At the same time, the bank aims to optimize its IT maintenance costs, promote automation, and increase the efficiency and agility of the finance and risk processes. Together, Wolters Kluwer and SAS will provide the software component ABN AMRO needs to achieve these goals.

As part of integrated application landscape, ABN AMRO will use SAS risk and finance capabilities including:

Data management and visualization: This will ensure that all risk and finance data is properly sourced, processed, governed and available for self-service analysis and reporting. Maintaining end-to-end data lineage across the entire FRAAI landscape will be crucial.

Finance and risk analytics: Whether it is estimation of risk parameters, or handling all FRAAI forecasting activities for scenario-based capital planning, IFRS 9, stress testing and Pillar 2 capital requirements, SAS risk solutions will make these processes more efficient and more valuable to the bank.

Enterprise model risk management and process orchestration: SAS risk governance capabilities will be used across the bank, promoting transparency, traceability and automation of the various FRAAI processes.

ABN AMRO will also use the following solutions from Wolters Kluwer, ensuring an integrated approach to all finance, risk, and reporting processes at the bank:

OneSumX for Regulatory Reporting uses a single source of data to ensure consistency, reconciliation and accuracy and includes the firm’s Regulatory Update Service, which actively monitors regulation in approximately 50 countries.

OneSumX for Finance, provides financial institutions with fully integrated finance functionality, from event to disclosure, with built-in content and expert support to flexibly address the finance challenges in this fast-moving business and regulatory environment.

OneSumX ALM, a centralized data repository combining contract data, balance sheet structures, counter-party and market data complements the ALM solution and is an integral part of the overall system.

To ensure seamless integration and efficient integration of information, SAS and Wolters Kluwer will create an exchange layer to connect their respective software components.