News & Views - Savantor

Savantor leads the charge on card operations efficiency and platform change

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Demand increases for Operational & Migration Effectiveness

As the economic crisis has intensified, banks are more than ever seeking ways to reduce risk and improve their operational efficiency. In addition, the re-structuring of the payments card market across Europe has led to an extensive set of change programmes for traditional organisations and new entrants. Savantor is therefore re-doubling its efforts to meet this demand head-on by bringing clients their proven experience in how to improve card operations efficiency and reduce risk when they embark upon processing platform change.

Card operations efficiency

To help banks become more efficient, Savantor has created a series of cost-effective operational improvement packages that cover such areas as Fraud, Interchange, Collections, Chargebacks and Authorisations. For example, two recent efficiency reviews resulted in annual chargeback process improvements estimated at over €300,000 and annual fraud operations savings of up to €3 million.

Geoff Durham, Executive Director at Savantor Ltd, explained "These services are based upon the use of proven methods together with carefully-selected industry practitioners with international experience. Savantor has a track record of immediate savings and productivity improvements with typical returns of over 10 times the investment cost."

Managing platform change

Re-structuring of the card industry across Europe has increased the demand for practical experience and reduced risk platform change, whether it be outsourcing, consolidation or upgrading systems. Over the past 10 years, Savantor personnel have been at the centre of some of the largest, most complex and successful platform migrations undertaken in Europe.

Rod Nixon, Managing Director of Savantor International, commented "Our solution selection experience, processing vendor knowledge, migration management and operational transition capability underpins our increasing reputation as the leading card migration group in Europe."

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Client Quotes

Platform Selection & RFP Management

"OP-Pohjola Group has used Savantor in both acquiring and issuing for platform/service provider research, RFI/RFP processes and subsequent contract negotiations. Savantor's approach and commitment have always been very professional and transparent. They have been of great help for the company in providing us important insights and background information beyond vendors sales speeches."

Kai Lindstrom, Head of Acquiring - OP-Services Ltd - Finland

Payments Platform Strategy and Sourcing

"We were in urgent need of external independent expertise to supplement our internal resources. Senior consultants had to quickly integrate with our team and actively contribute. Their experts quickly forged strong working relationships and delivered to our brief. We enjoyed working with them to develop our future platform strategy."

Evert R Fekkes, SVP - Payment & Savings Services - Rabobank Nederland

Credit Risk Review for New Product Launch

"We needed expert help at short notice and Savantor were very impressive in their response and knowledge. The results were very clear and useful, enabling us to quickly make good progress on the next steps."

Sami Karhunen, Head of Business Intelligence and SME Sales - Point Transaction Systems Oy - Finland

Card Processing Migration

"Disciplined methodology and effective teamwork, guided by Savantor's migration expertise and operational knowledge, were the hallmarks that led to the resounding success of this project, enabling us to maintain and develop our business capability."

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

Expert Witness

"After searching extensively for the required industry expert in a complex litigation, Savantor was identified to have the necessary industry knowledge and expertise on a range of complex issues. Savantor provided clear advice and was able to quickly hone in on the key issues, but most importantly, generating pragmatic winnable answers."

Gavin Ingram, General Counsel & VP Strategic Planning - Global Blue - Asia Pacific

New Payments Initiative

"In moving our new initiative into reality, we required specialist payments knowledge and forward thinking in the retail sector. Savantor supplied this and provided very effective guidance throughout. We enjoyed working with them."

Sophie High, Head of Innovation Delivery - Cancer Research UK

Credit Card Migration and Operational Support

"The bank has undergone significant transformation of its card business on both the issuing and acquiring sides. One business partner we have looked to for support in the areas of strategy, major project leadership, management analysis and ongoing business support is Savantor. The Savantor team has contributed to our success as we have leveraged their deep industry knowledge and broad range of operational skills."

Sean Sheehan, Service Management Director - Bank of Ireland

Acquirer Risk Assessment

"The expertise provided by Savantor has greatly helped us evaluate our risk position and to take the right steps in managing our future risks. Strong, disciplined planning and an ongoing willingness to work closely with our staff played an enormous part in making this a very successful well-delivered project which will greatly help us in achieving our business goals."

Mark Healy, Chief Risk Officer - NEOVIA Financial - UK

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