Erste Group


ERSTE GROUP BANK AG

Group Consolidation, Reporting, IFRS & FinRep Compliance, Segment Reports, Risk Information, Basel iii


In order to meet the mounting requirements of a growing, public financial service organization, Erste Group chose Tagetik as its new finance software. With Tagetik, we can fulfill IFRS and FinRep requirements in a single application while establishing a flexible framework for various tasks throughout the group. The easy-to-use solution optimally guides users through the processes of group consolidation, management reporting and statutory reporting. Since it can now quickly respond to new external requirements and internal ad hoc inquiries, we feel well equipped for the future

Barbara Kainz -  Director Group Consolidation


 

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the challenge

Due to the impressive growth of Erste Group, which currently includes about 700 companies in its scope of consolidation, the finance department had a difficult time integrating new corporate structures into its finance systems.

 

Aside from its internal business development, the team also had to juggle various external requirements both as a public company and as a credit institution, which is subject to comply with the mounting, stringent regulations of the European Banking Authority (EBA). These factors set the scene for the implementation of a new consolidation system at Erste Group – even though a rather practical aspect stood in the spotlight. Maintenance services for the software it had previously used were going to be discontinued.


Benefits

Benefits


Extended reporting scope

Extended scope from segment reporting to risk data and information that is relevant for regulatory compliance


Improved consolidation process
Fast, flexible consolidation on different group levels
More responsability for subsidiaries

Responsible for collecting, uploading data, matching IC transactions, but also connected to the system

Decentralized intercompany matching

Thanks to the IC matching cockpit component, users can reconcile directly early on in the consolidation process

Common consolidation standards

The consolidation process applies a common set of verifiable formats and rules throughout the group



Process optimization & transparency

Process support,  clear assignment of responsibilities, and more transparency

the solution

Process support, a clear assignment of responsibilities, and more transparency were other important criteria for Barbara Kainz, Director Group Consolidation and business-side project manager during the implementation of the new consolidation solution. After a multi-vendor selection process, Erste Group chose Tagetik over SAP.  In addition to a good price-performance ratio, the Tagetik/pmOne team stood out for its expertise in financial services consulting. “We felt that Tagetik/pmOne understood us – not just as finance professionals but also as financial service professionals because the consultants knew exactly what FinRep and Basel III mean,” explained Kainz. “This gave us a solid foundation to quickly implement the project together.”

 

For Kainz’s colleagues in financial controlling, harmonizing the processes of segment reporting and legal consolidation played an important role. They, too, were impressed with the unified application that offered specialized functionality for segment reporting. Even the IT department echoed the recommendation for Tagetik after the software passed a technical stress test for the integration into the group’s IT architecture. The project team was assigned and ready to start in May 2012. In addition to the finance and controlling departments and the consultants from Tagetik/pmOne, the IT department of Erste Group was also a key stakeholder in the project. Its job was to connect the companies and network banks to the system and ensure compliance with bank-specific security measures. The entire project – from designing and implementing the system to transferring legacy data, training users, going live and rolling out the new solution internally – took less than a year. During the project, Erste Group even used Tagetik for its 2012 year-end close. In January 2013, the consolidation was completely transferred to the new software.

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