Hamburg, Germany, May 30, 2018 – Surecomp®, the leading global provider of trade finance solutions for banks and corporates, hosted a successful user group conference for their clients from May 22-24, 2018 at the historic Hotel De Rome in Berlin, Germany. The two-and-a-half-day conference attracted guests from forty-five different trade finance banks and corporates across Europe.
The theme of the User Group was immediately established as the conference kicked-off with a presentation entitled ‘Transforming Trade Everywhere’, delivered in front of a packed De Rome ballroom by Surecomp’s president Eyal Hareuveny. While sessions throughout the event covered a wide array of topics, the undisputed reoccurring mantra was the emerging technological and digital trends in the trade finance space. “The User Group gave participants a clear insight into how Surecomp is leveraging their years of experience to further innovate and develop within the trade domain”, said Hubert Benoot, General Manager of Group Trade Finance at KBC and the chairman of we.trade, who presented in the event.
The conference agenda featured speeches, presentations, panels and break-outs covering everything from the upcoming SWIFT messaging changes to SaaS, smart forms and blockchain. Sessions focused on some of the exciting company activity that has materialized since the last European User Group. On that list is Surecomp’s partnership with WalkMe for personalized interactive on-boarding, and the rollout of DOKA-NG, a back-office trade finance solution that features an export finance module, an intuitive contract overview and much more. An executive from a leading European bank discussed their bank’s selection process for an end-to-end trade services solution and why they chose Surecomp’s DOKA-NG for back-office and allNETT for front-office. In a session called ‘Surecomp Digital Strategy & Roadmap’, the company provided a deep look at the challenges and opportunities that banks and corporates will be facing as digitalization and blockchain technology charge towards ubiquity.
One of the conference high points was when Surecomp unveiled – and subsequently demoed – its plan for a blockchain offering using an open API infrastructure. Now, for the first time, Surecomp will offer an API Suite which will enable products to work with the blockchain based market ecosystem. “As the trade finance industry evolves at such a rapid pace, events like this User Group remind us that Surecomp remains on the cutting edge and is aligned with the needs of the industry”, said Joost Volker, who was a panelist at a session called ‘The Trade Finance Transformation 2020 and Beyond’ and is the Lead Product Manager Import/Export Wholesale Rural & Retail at Rabobank. He continued to comment that the User Group proved to be an excellent opportunity for delegates to discuss emerging industry trends with other industry executives from banks and corporates.
“It was our pleasure to welcome Surecomp’s diverse and valued group of clients, who are leaders in the worlds of banking and corporate trade finance, to Berlin for this remarkable two-and-a-half-day event” said Eyal Hareuveny, President of Surecomp. “Having recently commemorated Surecomp’s 30th anniversary, this User Group was a unique opportunity to simultaneously celebrate the relationships that we have formed over that time, and glimpse into the exciting innovations that will define tomorrow’s world of trade finance.”
Surecomp® is the leading global provider of trade finance solutions for banks and multinational corporates. A respected market pioneer for 30-plus years, Surecomp maintains a proven track record delivering innovative solutions worldwide. With a global network of eight regional development and support centers [in the US, Argentina, Chile, the UK, Germany, Israel, Singapore and China], Surecomp serves a prestigious customer base in over 80 countries across six continents. Surecomp’s integrated portfolio of trade finance, supply chain finance and treasury solutions streamlines the transaction lifecycle to increase efficiencies and maximize profits.