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Rabobank – Payments Strategy

Rabobank uses Savantor’s industry expertise to develop their card platform strategy and transition plan options

Rabobank identified the need to critically assess their existing card payment infrastructure and wished to utilise independent expertise to supplement their team.

A review was required of the current technical and business strategy for a future cards platform which would enable them to deliver against strategic objectives.

Savantor’s team undertook the following:

  • Positioned the bank to refine the future strategic model.
  • Consolidated the business and technical requirements into a high-level list of key drivers.
  • Developed a shortlist of potential strategic and tactical solution providers to meet the programme objectives.
  • Delivered a target plan for the bank to achieve the desired future state.

Geoff Durham, Executive Director at Savantor, is confident that Savantor’s expertise in undertaking platform reviews and optimisation alignment to business strategy helped guide the bank through the process.

"Rabobank recognised that the complexity and scale of change demanded proven outside expertise. It was a pleasure to help the bank turn complexity into forward momentum and deliver against strategic goals."

Features of this assignment:

  • Review architectural and technical strategy requirements.
  • Assess business needs, market strategy and key priorities.
  • Identify the desired Target State from both a business and technical perspective, covering the components required to support card issuing, merchant acquiring, transaction switching, scheme gateways and clearing & settlement.
  • Undertake an internal ‘desktop-based’ assessment using Savantor’s market knowledge, in order to identify a shortlist of potential strategic and tactical solution providers.
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Client Quotes

Interchange Review

"Savantor did a superb job in confirming what we believed was an area of weakness. The detail we now have will enable us to agree internally what we need to do to improve structure, control and income. Nationwide management were very impressed with the quality of the Savantor team."

Adam Slater, Senior Manager - Banking - Nationwide Building Society - UK

Complex Cards Business Transformation

"This was a major business transformation that required us to build an excellent team made up of internal bank specialists, supported by external card business, technical and operations expertise. Savantor provided specialists from the local market and with international experience to fill a variety of important roles. The Savantor resourcing team are professional, reliable and good people to work with."

Ricardo Gomez, Director - Operations & Technology - WiZink Bank - Spain

Acquirer Strategy and Operating Model

"Savantor brought an effective blend of European acquirer market expertise and transaction processing solution design. Their experts quickly forged strong working relationships with our team. We enjoyed working with them to create our future acquirer strategy."

Mikko Hyttinen, SVP - Lending Services - OP-Pohjola Group - Finland

New Fuel Card Guidelines

"Savantor successfully assisted Clear2Pay by providing specialist EMV expertise."

Marie Costers, General Manager - Clear2Pay Open Test Solutions

Payments Workshop Material

"Savantor helped ACI build a payments onboarding workshop for new technical staff in ACI EMEA. Their extensive experience took our outline and built a great starting presentation of industry facts that we have now customised further into a half day session that is used for all new joiners. Our Americas and APAC regions have also taken the material and customised it for their regions. A great job by Savantor has meant new joiners to ACI hit the ground running."

Richard Sanders, Principal Solution Consultant - ACI - Worldwide EMEA

Moneris Solutions

"Savantor did an outstanding job of the review and I received nothing but positive feedback on the interaction with our management team."

Jeff Guthri, COO - Moneris Solutions - Canada

Platform Selection

"Savantor's support in our platform selection process has enabled us to sustain our profitability and positioning for the future. Their advice and guidance was essential to our decision-making."

Robert Lambert, Head of Cards Strategy - Permanent tsb bank - Ireland

Complex Multi-Country Migration

"This complex migration, undertaken simultaneously in Spain and Portugal, has been a complete success. Savantor has provided us with excellent support for over 3 years, both in the original business transformation programme and now this double migration. We value their open and honest approach to business, and of course the expertise that they bring."

Ricardo Gomez, Director, Operations & Technology - WiZink Bank – Spain & Portugal

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