Thursday, April 03, 2008

Need a job in payments ?

RSS feeds can be an easy way to stay on top new openings in your field. Using a simple RSS reader tool I created the following listings of Recent openings in the Payments Industry

Payment News Blidgets

I started making a blidget from my own Blog. You can also do this based on other blogs or RSS feed that is available on the web. It is easy to do with and takes about 1 day to get through the approval process.

Below you can find an example I created from Blog information that was available on the website

Monday, March 17, 2008


Here is another useful site that has created social collaboration platform for International Payments. My main focus and interest on the SWIFT sponsored site has been on the standards discussion ( ISO20022, ISO15022, XML) notes and blogs

Convergence to XML standards will lead to integrated workflow

During the last 1 year and a half I have had the opportunity to learn more about the Global Markets - Interest Rates Derivatives business while working as a consultant at Wachovia. Recently I came across an interesting article in industry XML standards. While I was very familiar with UNIFI ISO2002 XML, this article introduced me to a new standard used in the Capital Market industry FpML.
The article discussed the trends in convergence to various xml standards within the financial industry. The key to success will be a system that will be able to easily integrate pre-process (sales, risk assessment,regulatory compliance check,...) , and post-process (trading, routing and settlement) data elements within a single workflow.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Visit to SIBOS in Boston, MA

This year I will be attending the SIBOS conference in Boston, MA.
If you are interested in learning more about the open architecture of the enterprise payment bus, please stop by at Booth 54 from Capgemini. You will either find me over there or ask one of my Capgemini colleagues to track me down at the conference site.

Cheers, Bart

Thursday, March 22, 2007

EPB Explained

On the website you can find new and more detailed information on the EPB, Goals and Plans, and References to the key components of the EPB : WS-BPEL , Mule and ISO 20022 XML. Please visit the EPB Explained section for additional information.

Monday, March 12, 2007

OFAC SDN and Blocked Persons Webservice

A couple of days ago I came across an open source webservice on the Internet by that offers a free alternative to the costly process of OFAC compliance. On its website the OFAC SDN and Blocked Person webservice is explained as followed :

" This web services was created to aid banks in meeting the requirements of the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). OFAC restricts transactions with specific countries, organizations and individuals. The Office of Foreign Assets Control ('OFAC') of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. ... "

OFAC compliance is a key component to a payment work flow that has an International character. FI's have large OFAC scanning applications in service, but by having a free and up-to-date webservice available this could mean a big potential saving for the "sender" Financial Institution

For more info about the integration of OFAC into the EPB, please check the website in the next few days.

Friday, March 09, 2007

EPB WS-BPEL Draft is available for Download

As of today you will find the first EPB file available for download !!!

You can find "EPB_WS-BPEL_Draft_03092007.txt" under the Download section of the website. This is the first draft version of an Open Payment Work flow described in WS_BPEL, and I encourage every payment professional to provide feedback and help further enhance the work flow. Please feel free to submit your comments to

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 is Launched Today !!!!

I am happy to announce that the website has been officially launched today. The website will be the official site for all information related to the Enterprise Payment Bus - Open Source project.

In the next couple of days additional pages will be made available on the website. This will include a News Section, Team, Wiki-Faq, Download, Links and Contact Us.

For more information about the website or the Enterprise Payment Bus - Open Source Project, feel free to contact