It’s time to plan your EPI strategy: Identify the gaps and explore the possibilities
The need for standardization
The EU made it clear that it was going to push for a standardized payment scheme to open up the market for consumers and businesses – as it’s currently dominated by large, mainly non-European actors. As a result, 16 major banks from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, launched an initiative to deliver this. The key drivers for EPI include:
Of course, this won’t happen automatically with the launch of EPI. It will be up to individual banks to define their market and card scheme strategies – and this is just one area where we can help you. Our experience in cards, payments, and open banking – the same areas covered in EPI – may also be a big help.
Assuming EPI is launched as planned in 2022, we anticipate the marketplace will be impacted by several key considerations. These include:
It’s time for your EPI Roadmap
With open banking growing throughout Europe, we firmly believe that you should now be developing your roadmap for managing the upcoming changes and opportunities. The legislation is already in place that supports the implementation of new technologies for smoother and faster integrations. If we look back at mobile phone payments it took users time to start using these services, so banks could afford to take their time with rollouts. This will not necessarily be repeated today with newer forms of payment – customer adoption is much faster than it used to be.
In fact, you could argue that the user experience already exists in many countries – EPI will just trigger a broader expansion of these experiences by integrating Europe and SEPA payment services.
Start planning by mapping out what services will remain on old rails and what should be thought about in terms of new payment models. Review your services, look for the gaps that must be filled to fully utilize EPI. Don’t just look at your retail payment system in isolation from payments or APIs, think of them as a greater entity. Don’t forget, your customers will want a connected, fulfilling user experience.
Look for an experienced partner that can help you navigate towards a cloud-ready system, that operates with open APIs, supports both ISO20022 and ISO8583 rails, and delivers customer-centric solutions.
At TietoEVRY we help our customers build local card schemes and integrate them with international card schemes; implement national payment solutions on ISO20022 instant payment rails; provide SEPA and SEPA Instant connectivity for Nordic banks; and provide open API aggregation and PSD2 compliancy for EU banks. If these meet some of the requirements you have, we will be more than happy to discuss how we can help you.