Established solution for regulatory reporting
For more than 25 years, we have been offering reliable reporting software for financial institutions with our Abacus solutions. More than 1,000 reporting entities of well-known financial institutions in Europe, among them a major part of the most important European banks under supervision of the SSM (Single Supervisory Mechanism), special institutions, insurers, and financial providers, use our reporting solutions for their regulatory reporting.
Our new software generation Abacus360 Banking is a standard solution for national and international regulatory reporting, for statistical reporting, for granular reporting (AnaCredit), and for ad-hoc reporting. Furthermore, the functional scope of Abacus360 Banking is supplemented by numerous additional components that enable banks to individually optimize reporting processes, regulatory analytics and regulatory management. Individual requirements can be met by flexibly combining the additional functional components in line with the modularity principle.
Abacus360 Banking covers the reporting requirements of EBA, ECB, SRB and national supervisory authorities. Through its innovative technology, Abacus360 Banking facilitates the implementation of new regulations and enables a timely response even to short-term enquiries, such as, ad hoc reporting and fire drills. The solution automates the reporting process from data delivery, data analysis, audit and reporting, including calculations and validation, through to transmission to the supervisory authorities. Customers in Andorra, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom use Abacus360 Banking for their reporting.
In addition to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, local reporting requirements of the following countries are fulfilled:
Our component "Abacus360 RRIM" provides access to SAP FSDP and the regulatory data stored therein to transform it into the Abacus360 data model.
Abacus360 Banking is an established standard software solution for regulatory reporting in various jurisdictions with a broad customer base in Europe. Numerous modules for regulatory and statistical reporting, granular and ad-hoc reporting are available. Due to the use of one single data model that is used by all reporting, risk, and finance applications, Abacus360 Banking enables data consistency across departments required by BCBS 239. Flexible deployment scenarios allow for on-site installation, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or complete business process outsourcing (BPO). The sustainable and modern IT architecture based on latest technologies facilitates cost-effectively meeting of future requirements in terms of data volume and change frequency. Extensive services such as consulting, training, comprehensive support and regular user groups complete the overall package.
Meeting regulatory requirements is more than just reporting. With Abacus360 Banking, financial institutions can combine the functions for reporting, risk calculation and controlling of regulatory KPIs on one powerful platform. In addition to the extensive functionalities for reporting, the platform can be extended with risk modules (Abacus360 Banking Risk) and Abacus360 Designer Tools.
By integrating these different functional areas on one platform with a single data model, Abacus360 Banking can increase the efficiency of regulatory processes, the transparency and quality of the data, and the agility in terms of a faster implementation of new regulatory requirements.
Abacus360 Banking is a further development of BearingPoint RegTech‘s tried-and-tested Abacus platform. The Abacus360 platform offers a new and innovative calculation engine, which leverages technologies such as in-memory processing and distributed computing, and therefore allows for a significant improvement in operational performance and flexibility.
Abacus360 Banking features an optimized and standardized data model that minimizes redundant data storage through the consolidation of results data across all modules. The software is available in many languages and different versions and offers multi GAAP processing. The Abacus360 data model allows for long-term data maintenance even in light of the ever-changing conditions.
Due to the single data model, the engine functionalities, and the Designer Tools, Abacus360 Banking is “ready” for BCBS 239. A key BCBS 239 requirement, namely interdivisional data consistency, is fulfilled.
The Abacus360 Designer Tools include the Calculation Designer, the Data Model Designer and the Template Designer. All three Designer Tools are fully integrated into our Abacus360 Banking solution and enable customers to leverage data from the Abacus360 Banking database for extended external or internal reporting purposes. With the Designer Tools clients can increase the use of regulatory data. In a fast and cost-efficient time-to-market way, the Designer Tools allow our clients to:
Create and manage customized calculation rules
The Calculation Designer allows users to create, alter, add or remove custom business logic (e.g. in the form of functional units or decision tables). It also provides the functionality of a versioning and historization of custom changes independent of standard content, and users can import required, relevant and already existing data from the Abacus360 Banking standard entities. The functionalities available through the Calculation Designer are integrated into the Abacus360 Banking user interface, including the possibility of embedding proper documentation.
Sample use cases for the Calculation Designer are:
A graphical interface for creating data model elements
The Data Model Designer offers our clients the possibility to create own data model structures through a graphical interface which is fully integrated into the Abacus360 Banking user interface. It allows to design new entities, references, fields, and domains. Similar to the Calculation Designer, the Data Model Designer provides the functionalities of versioning and historization of any custom changes including embedded documentation.
Sample use Cases for the Data Model Designer:
Designing and allocating custom report templates based on available data in the Abacus360 database
With the Template Designer, we enable our clients to import custom report templates as well as to define the module and menu structure for embedding these forms into the standard interface. Alternatively, users can create own forms and reports manually through the interface. The Template Designer uses the integrated Allocation Editor with embedded MS Excel like functionalities to define the form and row conditions. Users of the Template Designer also have the option to define free allocation rules and are provided with the functionality of a versioning and historization of any made changes with embedded documentation.
Sample use cases for the Template Designer:
More information about our Designer Tools are available here.
Several software features enable banks to integrate Abacus360 in a BCBS 239 compliant IT architecture. The solution can be adapted quickly to new data requirements.
Framework for defining stable reconciliation processes and data-quality checks based on input and result data. It also supports fully automated workflows from the detection to the correction of data quality issues.
Provision of an integrated Data Dictionary that is directly linked to the logical data model and thus, by definition, up to date. It is also open for individual extensions.
Functional calculation cores and an enhanced toolset for efficient and mainly automated data preparation to enable internal and external reporting without media breaks.
Integrated ETL framework and support of the flexible adaptation of external data sources (e.g. for ad-hoc reporting).
Enhanced authorization concept to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. can be adapted quickly to new data requirements.
As financial institutions have different kinds of IT architectures, we offer two platforms for Abacus360 Banking.
Abacus360 Banking Regulatory is based on a three-tier architecture with a clear separation of the GUI, application logic and data management based on the distributed processing of Apache Spark. Apache Spark is a cluster computing framework with high market acceptance for big data projects.
Apache Spark allows for the processing of very high data volumes (several 100 million data records) and has strong vertical and horizontal scaling possibilities. It also shows good scalability for independent processing in parallel processes. Apache Spark therefore allows for the stable processing of large data volumes within short time windows and parallel processing of multiple modules and/or institutions.
Abacus360 for HANA enables to run and to store our Abacus360 Banking Solution on SAP HANA with Single Source of Truth concept for Finance, Risk and Regulatory data efficiently.
With its international RegTech Factory, BearingPoint RegTech offers a digital, fully integrated and automated "reporting factory" that helps to achieve significant economies of scale for participating banks and financial service providers.Learn more about the RegTech Factory
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We hope that Abacus360 Banking will enable us to handle the enormous amount of data in the context of AnaCredit very well and to make the necessary notification on time and automatically.
Frederic Kerschbaum, Team lead IT Application Management & Organization, abcbank / July 2018, Press release
For the complex European AnaCredit reporting, calling for the gradual establishment of the harmonized collection of granular credit and credit risk data, we were looking for a new vendor and screened the market for providers. Abacus doesn’t just meet the needs of our bank’s organization today it pushes further to anticipate future trends in regulation by integrating comprehensive functionality for reporting, risk calculations and controlling regulatory KPIs onto one single, scalable platform that can be tailored according to our local attributes.
Justė Karaliūtė, Head of Regulatory Reporting from Citadele Bank Lithuania / May 2018, Press release
As one of the leading providers of FinTech solutions our aim is to also improve and accelerate regulatory automatization and standardization. The RiskTech/RegTech solution ABACUS/DaVinci meets our standards and can be implemented flexibly in different areas. We use the solution ourselves, within the FinTech Group, and also include it in our B2B product portfolio for bank clients.
Frank Niehage, CEO, FinTech Group AG / August 2017, Press release