To gain a better understanding of the complexities and inefficiencies inherent in modern “treasury onboarding,” Treasury Strategies recently undertook a survey, commissioned by WAUSAU Financial Systems, a vendor of solutions for payments and receivables processing. The survey gauged the opinions of both banks and corporate users of banking services about the process through which banks sell and then implement new services for corporate clients. Corporate treasurers may not be surprised to learn that the businesses outside the financial services sector see more problems with the process than do their banks.
Treasury Strategies asked the corporate respondents how frequently they face issues such as a lack of visibility into the implementation process, unnecessarily long or inefficient implementations, and poor communication with the bank. “All of those problems were rated above a 3 out of 5, with 5 meaning ‘very often,’” says Chris Zegal, vice president of marketing at WAUSAU. “An issue rated 3 probably occurs fairly often.” The average frequency rating that large companies assigned to the problem of lacking a clear view into the implementation’s status was 3.8, and these organizations experience communication problems at a frequency of 3.5 (see Figure 1). “Since all of these are rated above a 3, the companies probably have some sort of challenge in every implementation. It seems like problems are the norm rather than the exception,” Zegal adds.