Due to the impressive growth of Erste Group, which currently includes about 700 companies in its scope of consolidation, the finance department had a difficult time integrating new corporate structures into its finance systems.
Aside from its internal business development, the team also had to juggle various external requirements both as a public company and as a credit institution, which is subject to comply with the mounting, stringent regulations of the European Banking Authority (EBA). These factors set the scene for the implementation of a new consolidation system at Erste Group – even though a rather practical aspect stood in the spotlight. Maintenance services for the software it had previously used were going to be discontinued.
The CCH Tagetik solution
Process support, a clear assignment of responsibilities, and more transparency were other important criteria for Barbara Kainz, Director Group Consolidation and business-side project manager during the implementation of the new consolidation solution. After a multi-vendor selection process, Erste Group chose CCH Tagetik over SAP. In addition to a good price-performance ratio, the CCH Tagetik/pmOne team stood out for its expertise in financial services consulting. “We felt that CCH Tagetik/pmOne understood us – not just as finance professionals but also as financial service professionals because the consultants knew exactly what FinRep and Basel III mean,” explained Kainz. “This gave us a solid foundation to quickly implement the project together.”
For Kainz’s colleagues in financial controlling, harmonizing the processes of segment reporting and legal consolidation played an important role. They, too, were impressed with the unified application that offered specialized functionality for segment reporting. Even the IT department echoed the recommendation for CCH Tagetik after the software passed a technical stress test for the integration into the group’s IT architecture. The project team was assigned and ready to start in May 2012. In addition to the finance and controlling departments and the consultants from CCH Tagetik/pmOne, the IT department of Erste Group was also a key stakeholder in the project. Its job was to connect the companies and network banks to the system and ensure compliance with bank-specific security measures. The entire project – from designing and implementing the system to transferring legacy data, training users, going live and rolling out the new solution internally – took less than a year. During the project, Erste Group even used CCH Tagetik for its 2012 year-end close. In January 2013, the consolidation was completely transferred to the new software.
Extended reporting scope
|Extended scope from segment reporting to risk data and information that is relevant for regulatory compliance
Improved consolidation process
|Fast, flexible consolidation on different group levels
More responsibility for subsidiaries
|Responsible for collecting, uploading data, matching IC transactions, but also connected to the system
Decentralized intercompany matching
|Thanks to the IC matching cockpit component, users can reconcile directly early on in the consolidation process
Common consolidation standards
|The consolidation process applies a common set of verifiable formats and rules throughout the group
Process optimization & transparency
|Process support, clear assignment of responsibilities, and more transparency