SAP In-House Banking

In the SAP ecosystem, Treasury and Banking functions play a crucial role in enhancing visibility and control over global payments, corporate risk, and cash & liquidity. SAP applications offer a means to streamline processes, boost effectiveness, enhance operational decision-making, and mitigate risks for organizations. The strategic significance of treasury management has steadily risen, particularly underscored by the global financial crisis, which emphasized the importance of adaptable banking relationships and real-time awareness of global cash positions for many corporations. As treasury functions gain prominence, they grapple with the escalating pace of disruptive changes.

Modern treasury departments face a myriad of challenges in payment transactions. SAP has addressed these challenges by developing solutions. The integration of SAP S/4HANA Finance for Cash Management, SAP S/4HANA Finance for advanced payment management, and SAP Multi-Bank Connectivity facilitates the centralization and optimization of end-to-end payment transactions.

In the contemporary landscape, payment volumes are experiencing significant growth, and the trend towards instant or real-time payments is on the rise. Consequently, there is a pressing need for a scalable solution capable of handling real-time payments and responding promptly to internal requests.

SAP In-House Cash serves as an internal banking solution designed for corporate entities, leveraging SAP’s banking software, SAP Bank Customer Accounts (BCA). At the core of SAP In-House Cash is the in-house cash center, responsible for managing payments among different subsidiary companies. Essentially, this center operates as a virtual internal bank, with subsidiaries maintaining current accounts. SAP In-House Cash is accessible through SAP S/4HANA on premise.

SAP In-House Banking represents a recent innovation, serving as an internal banking solution that enables subsidiaries to uphold in-house bank accounts with their headquarters. This solution became available in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2208 release starting this year. It is compatible with both SAP S/4HANA Cloud and on-premise deployments, incorporating advanced payment management capabilities.

While there are similarities between SAP In-House Banking and its predecessor, In-House Cash, there are notable differences as well. Both solutions share the common goal of reducing the count of external bank accounts and lowering bank connectivity costs through internal banking practices. However, the latest advancements in In-House Banking offer distinct benefits over In-House Cash, as outlined above.

Implementing an In-House Bank can address various business needs and offer several advantages. Here are some common business needs that an In-House Bank can fulfill:

Centralized Cash Management:
  •  Challenge: Multiple subsidiaries and business units often lead to fragmented cash management.
  •  Solution: In-House Bank provides a centralized platform for managing cash across the organization, allowing for better visibility and control over cash flows.
Cost Reduction:
  • Challenge: Maintaining numerous external bank accounts can be costly in terms of fees and administrative overhead.
  • Solution: In-House Bank enables the consolidation of accounts, reducing the number of external accounts and associated costs.
Efficient Payment Processing:
  • Challenge: Processing payments between subsidiaries and managing internal transactions can be complex.
  • Solution: In-House Bank streamlines payment processes by facilitating transactions between internal entities, improving efficiency and reducing dependency on external banks.
Risk Management:
  • Challenge: Exposure to currency fluctuations and market risks can impact financial stability.
  • Solution: In-House Bank allows for centralized risk management, helping to mitigate currency and market risks associated with external banking relationships.
Improved Liquidity Management:
  • Challenge: Limited visibility into cash positions across subsidiaries can hinder effective liquidity management.
  • Solution: In-House Bank provides real-time visibility into the organization’s liquidity, allowing for better management of cash and investments.
Enhanced Control and Compliance:
  • Challenge: Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies can be challenging with decentralized banking.
  •  Solution: In-House Bank centralizes control, making it easier to enforce compliance with regulations and internal financial policies.
Integration with ERP Systems:
  • Challenge: Lack of integration between banking activities and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can lead to data silos.
  • Solution: In-House Bank, especially when integrated with SAP S/4HANA or other ERP systems, provides seamless data flow and integration, reducing errors and improving overall operational efficiency.
Real-time Reporting and Analytics:
  • Challenge: Timely access to financial data for decision-making may be hindered by decentralized banking structures.
  • Solution: In-House Bank offers real-time reporting and analytics capabilities, providing decision-makers with accurate and up-to-date financial information.

By addressing these business needs, an In-House Bank can contribute to the overall financial health and efficiency of an organization. Consolidate and simplify payment transactions across a group or company by utilizing in-house banking for corporations, a supplementary service associated with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. This facilitates advanced payment management, aiming to attain a unified perspective of the overall cash situation within the corporate group.

Key Benefits:
Efficient Internal Bank Account Management:
  • Streamlined organization of subsidiary accounts within a virtual banking environment on the corporate side.
  • Mirrors the life cycle functions of a real bank account.
Customized Appearance Aligned with Business Requirements:
  •    Presents an appealing interface tailored to meet specific business needs.
Optimized Payment Processing:
  • Utilizes a central payment factory to consolidate and manage all payments within a single system.
  • Offers direct integration with advanced payment management systems.
Diverse Supported Payment Scenarios:
  • Covers various payment scenarios, including intercompany payments, payments on behalf, and central incoming payments.
Enhanced Financial Visibility:
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of daily financial status.
  • Consolidates all relevant information in one accessible interface.
Overdraft Information and Alerts:
  • Offers insights into overdraft situations and provides timely alerts.
Seamless Integration with Cash Management:
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing cash management processes for enhanced overall financial control.