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3 of the most critical treasury problems bank APIs solve

FinLync | December 29, 2022


As corporate treasury teams hunt for ways to gain the most visibility into all the data their existing systems gather in order to make the best decisions, they’re dealing with the world of multiples: multiple banks, multiple accounts and often, multiple systems. Each with their own integration requirements and workflow processes in place to be able to get the data necessary to make effective financial decisions. This compounding – and sometimes confounding – complexity of data sources can drive even the most seasoned team members to the brink when it comes to making effective decisions for their business from this data in a timely manner.


Can’t all the data sources just get along?


It’s actually simpler than you may realize.  The advent of bank APIs – and their ability to provide a direct, immediate link to bank data and integrate directly with ERPs and TMS system data — is removing the barriers between disparate systems and providing the advanced data needed by treasurers for complete visibility into their core financials. Without significant set-up time or capital costs.


In this blog, we’ll look at three key areas where bank APIs are turning what were treasury headaches and labor-intensive processes with the old standard technology into actionable functions that deliver real-time data, accelerating treasury’s ability to holistically use their financial data to better manage overall liquidity and make more informed decisions.


Real-time, actionable data = better liquidity management. It really can be that simple.

Critical Problem #1: Missing or failed payments

If you’re a treasurer, then you know that missed or failed payments can be a huge headache. Not only do they cause disruptions in cash flow, but they can also lead to late fees and other penalties.

We all know how critical payments are for our business’s cash flow. There are critical payments that simply can’t wait like debt payments where penalties are imposed if paid late; intercompany funds transfers with time sensitive payables; or tax payments and customer refunds. Not to mention mergers and acquisitions, where the deal can’t be completed until treasury completes that final step of transferring the payment(s) stipulated by the agreement.

Simply put, as soon as the company puts a layer in between its process and the banks, the door to errors happening opens, creating the potential for problems that can have a material impact.

Solved:  Instant payment tracking from end-to-end

APIs that provide multibank API connectivity are invaluable tools that can help solve many of the critical problems faced in treasury and accounts payable, such as missing or failed payments. With bank API connectivity, payments are acknowledged, confirmed and tracked – all in real-time. You no longer have to spend time waiting for a payment file to come back, nor pick up the phone to call your counterparty to confirm that a payment arrived successfully or waste any valuable time trying to fix payment problems that could have been avoided.

Instead, you can avoid the layers between systems that frequently result in payment problems:

  • Bank portals which require separate logins, don’t have controls on payment submissions or lack the centralized audit trail required for SOX compliance? GONE.
  • Inability to get payment status when you want it vs when the bank’s schedule will provide it? GONE.
  • Uncertainty as to whether your beneficiaries have been paid in a timely manner by not being able to assess the payer and payee bank country, currencies, payment amount and route? GONE.
  • Lack of visibility into all your payment status’ – regardless of bank – in one place? GONE.

Effective bank APIs let you know the exact time a payment is completed and bank fees you are paying at each step along the way, while also delivering automatic payment failure notices —  and the reason why it failed – so you can take immediate action and better manage your cashflow.

This provides tangible results for the CFO, Treasurers/AP and IT. The CFO gains complete certainty for critical one-off payments, especially M&A payments and other strategic activities; the Treasury & AP teams gain a major reduction in the number of missing or failed payments; and IT doesn’t have to code new payment types, reducing the company’s vulnerability to fraud.

This real-time view into financial data via direct bank API connectivity allows for better financial forecasting and planning, enhanced security measures, and greater control over finances that enable organizations to make more informed decisions without sacrificing accuracy or efficiency. In today’s digital age, these solutions are essential for staying competitive in a rapidly changing landscape.

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Problem #2: Recon is slow and error-prone

For the treasury and finance teams, it’s vital to keep all parts of the business running like a well-oiled machine. Reconciliation is a critical component of this process as teams work to reconcile internal records with external bank statements. Without effective processes, organizations can struggle to ensure accuracy and compliance in their business activities.

When reconciliation involves manual processes, such as curing exceptions or resolving late payments, unique challenges arise that need to be addressed such as inconsistent data formats, time-consuming tracking of matching transactions across multiple sources, low visibility into the overall reconciliation status – all leading increased risk of human errors and delayed financial close cycles.

Knowing how best to manage these risks is key every organization’s ability succeed financially & operationally.

Solved:  Instant reconciliation

Close the books sooner by reconciling transactions as they occur. Data from all your financial institutions is delivered in real-time, directly into SAP, so FinLync’s AI-powered matching engine reconciles 24/7.

Unrivaled Matching

Embedded inside your SAP, FinLync leverages 100% of the data needed to maximize clearing of payables and receivables open items.  Customer remittance data and card acquirer settlements are further seamlessly integrated, delivering invoice matching accuracy for bulk payments that can’t be beat.

Automated GL Posting

The FinLync recon app is the only reconciliation software that lives inside SAP, so it’s the only system that can post directly to your GL and AP/AR ledgers, including generating bank charge and under payments GL entries to proposing document types, tax amounts, profit/cost centers and more.

No More Rules Configuration

Eliminate complicated posting rule and ongoing reliance on IT. FinLync’s self-learning matching engine picks up the subtle differences as items are posted and applies them to all future transactions.

See how cashflow software can help you gain a competitive – and instant- cashflow advantage

Problem 3: Creating the cash position is painful

Accurately forecasting cash flow is one of the most important tasks for any business, as cash flow management effects a company’s financial health. That being said, cash flow forecasting should include cash-in and cash-out updates gathered from an accounting system or through multiple scenarios, existing budget, and cash-related financial data.

Solved: Instant CashFlow

FinLync’s cash flow forecasting software is embedded in your organization’s system of record—your ERP—giving it a foundation in your most up-to-date information across departments for ERP forecasting. Unlike inflexible spreadsheets that depend on manual data imports and exports, the FinLync app draws upon dynamic data appropriate for ever-updating forecasts and reports.

Simply put, real-time connectivity to an ever-changing data stream enables more precise forecasting based on the most timely information available from the general ledger like receivables, payables, payroll, treasury, sales orders and purchase orders, providing detailed visibility down to invoice level and categorized into reliability by AI-driven payment behaviors.  

Deep ERP embedment of the FinLync cash flow forecasting tool enables deep drill-down capabilities and total data integration between your bank data and ERP data, allowing users to see, analyze and interpret the detailed information that leads to precision. Real-time connectivity becomes real-time forecasting, helping treasury teams anticipate events, analyze trends and improve investment decisions —without being handicapped by bank data timetables. 



Creating accurate cash flow forecasts for both the near and long term is nearly impossible when data is stored on multiple, disparate systems inside the company and in multiple banks. Treasury needs to assemble critical data from disparate departments like accounting and others —for payroll, revenue, collections, tax payments, M&A activity—that are all separated from treasury. Without real-time bank data through APIs and without having that data seamlessly connected to the ERP, treasury loses awareness and control of new and evolving information. 

Data access via third-party cash flow forecast software or spreadsheets demands the maintenance of multiple connections among multiple parties, causing delays and opening unwanted opportunities for error and fraud. Manual data collection requires reformatting data from multiple sources, absorbing precious time; when the accumulated data remains static and within the spreadsheet, treasurers cannot pursue the drill-downs necessary for accurate analysis. 

Worse, treasury teams have been limited by cash management applications to receiving data at predetermined times in the day. With various bank files arriving at different times and with limited frequency, treasury teams are left to make crucial business decisions without certainty, compromising their role in the organization. 

Cash flow software allows businesses to use cash flow statements, cash flow projections, and income statement information to create a financial model that can detail cash inflows and outflows over time. This will provide insight on how much cash the company needs in order to run efficiently. These crucial cash flow aspirations keep the business flowing along their current track or allow them to plan for future cash flows based on updated financial statements and accounting data.