Piata Financiara – The Specialist’s Opinion by Allevo 2015

Allevo has been covering in each issue of  Piata Financiara the section “Specialist’s Opinion”.

Here are the articles published in 2015 (note: text is in Romanian).

The articles published in 2012, 2013 and 2014 can be found here.

Article Piata Financiara December 2015

ArArticle Piata Financiara November 2015

Article Piata Financiara October 2015

Article Piata Financiara September 2015

Article Piata Financiara July-August 2015

Ad Piata Financiara June 2015

Article Piata Financiara May 2015

Article Piata Financiara April 2015

Article Piata Financiara March 2015

Article Piata Financiara January-February 2015


On Nov 24, we organized the 27th edition of Allevo’s User Group Meeting.

The discussions were focused around four major topics:

  • FinTP news
  • The FINkers United community
  • Sibos 2015 wrap-up
  • Participation in other FinTech events
  • High-tech Systems & Software special guest

Here is a short interview with Corina Mihalache, Allevo CEO, while at Sibos in Singapore.

Allevo, Corina Mihalache from Ali Paterson on Vimeo.

Source: Ali Paterson of Fintech Finance

In today’s world, technology is developing at an unprecedented rate. The latest innovative products or services adopted by the market today is tomorrow’s antique. As a result of this rapid development of technology, we often take things for granted.

But not always in history, the adoption speed of the news technologies by mankind being it happened to this high level. In respect to this, I’ll mention only two exceptional examples.

One of these is the wheel, invented at a relatively late point of human history, the oldest known being dates around 7000 years ago (from Mesopotamia. Looking around, we see wheels everywhere, be it as tires, or all the machinery that surrounding us every day. The wheel is pervasive in our lives not only materially, but also spiritually, being impregnated with many symbolic meanings, perhaps the most famous being a metaphor for the never ending cycle of life.

Even though this is something that holds fundamental impact on the development of human society, it was adopted by the inhabitants of America or Australia, late, very late, after the arrival of Europeans on those lands, The Olmec, and other Mesoamerican societies, world pioneers in mathematics and astronomy, but they did not use the wheel. Amazingly enough, they invented the wheel but did not use it for any purpose other than children’s toys.

A known fact by now, ignorance in adoption and the use of the wheel by some societies has had a dramatic effect on their evolution when they came into contact with those who adopted and used this device.

The second example refers to Gutenberg’s invention. In 1445, Johannes Gutenberg unveiled an innovation with profound consequences for subsequent economic history: a printing press based on movable type. Until then, books either had to be hand-copied by scribes, a very slow and laborious process, or they were block-printed specific pieces of wood cut for printing each page. Books were few and far between, and very expensive. After Gutenberg’s invention, things began to change. Books were printed and became more rapidly available. Without this innovation, mass literacy and education would have been impossible.

In Western Europe, the importance of the printing press was quickly recognized. Unfortunately, not everyone saw printing as a desirable innovation. As early as 1485 the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II issued an edict that Muslims were expressly forbidden from printing in Arabic. This rule was further reinforced by sultan Selim I in 1515. Only just in 1727, after 282 years from Gutenberg’s invention, the first printing press was allowed in the Ottoman lands, when sultan Ahmed III gives the permission to set up a press. Even this late permission was with restrains. In Egypt, on the other hand, the first printing press was set up only in 1798 (after 353 years), by Frenchmen who were part of the failed attempt by Napoleon Bonaparte to capture the country.

This opposition to the printing press had the obvious consequences for literacy, education, and economic success. For example, around 1800, probably only 2 to 3 percent of Ottoman Empire citizens were literate, compared with 60 percent of adult males and, 40 percent of adult females in England. In the Netherlands and Germany, literacy rates were even higher.

Probably, major consequence of the failure in adopting and using printing press at the right moment it was the loss of Ottoman Empire competition with Western countries and, consequently its collapse after some time.

From both stories it can be noted that a lack of creative ability and slowness in adopting new innovations can have profound consequences on the evolution of entire civilizations, countries, or human smaller organizations, like companies.

Sometimes creativity and agility in adoption of the new technological developments can make the difference between “to be or not be”.


Author: Nicu Stirbat


Mid October, at the hype of the autumn conference season, Sibos managed to draw 8200 participants who came over to Singapore to meet their peers, get up to date with the hottest topics in FinTech, listen to the opinions of notorious subject matter experts, see cutting-edge technology and last, but not least, make new connections. It is the biggest Sibos to date in the APAC and it is the second largest Sibos.At Sibos the Allevo team had a few goals, namely: creating awareness for the company and its flagship project, the FinTP Project, to update existing connections on latest developments and news from Allevo, to encourage banks to start looking more in depth into open source technologies and to make new connections.


Allevo’s flagship project, the FinTP Project

FinTP helps financial institutions of all types and sizes reduce TCO and achieve end-to-end interoperability across the financial supply chain. It is a complete open source application that processes transactions, automates flows and offers compliance to regulatory and industry standards. The Allevo guaranteed distribution of FinTP is aimed to grow competitiveness, offer operational risk containment and to make financial processing systems affordable to SMEs as well.

FinTP and all ancillary documentation is distributed freely and openly through the FINkers United community and it provides collaboration ground for rapid development and integration of new technologies, such as crypto currencies and distributed ledgers, biometric and cyber security, data analysis algorithms and many others. This creates an open infrastructure for achieving real-time payments and a better management of liquidity and assets.


Latest from Allevo – EximBank adopts FinTP

At Sibos, Allevo announced the recent adoption of FinTP by a new customer, EximBank, a niche bank, solely dedicated to corporate financing. The addition of this new bank to the list of FinTP adopters proves that FinTP is a flexible and reliable application, fit to serve the day to day operations of a bank. The first adopters of FinTP are existing Allevo customers, who are long time users of qPayIntegrator, a proprietary solution designed by Allevo back in 2001 to connect banks in Romania to the electronic payment system, to automate flows, to fetch payments from any type of back-office system, internally process them in ISO20022 format, achieve accounting reconciliation, offer a clear view on their liquidity and daily operations. FinTP is an open source application based on qPayIntegrator and thus the customers of qPayIntegrator are being migrated to FinTP, becoming early adopters of the first open source application of this kind. Apart from these, 3 more banks have adopted FinTP and we were proud to announce the collaboration with EximBank last week at Sibos.


Promoting BOOST – Banking On Open Source Technologies

Allevo has positioned itself as a supporter of open source software and has been promoting the idea of BOOST, short for Banking On Open Source Technologies. This has been the central theme of most of Allevo’s recent keynotes or panel debates. In line with the BOOST strategy, Allevo delivered last week at Sibos in Singapore an interactive Open Theatre session “Eating The Financial World”.

It was all about creating and sharing software applications and associated knowledge, about innovation through shared knowhow and collaboration and about bringing key inventions into established financial systems. We took a close look at five topics related to open source software, which contribute to having a good overview about how OSS caters for the needs of the banking industry, offering the same quality and security as proprietary software. Moreover, open source products give users control over the software they adopt, more transparency and an excellent platform for innovation and collaboration.

The five topics were: open source philosophy, software distribution trends, quality and security, platform for innovation and last, but not least, community.


Sibos back to Europe in 2016

All in all, this was yet another successful edition of Sibos and the Allevo team is looking forward to enjoy the one of next year in Geneva, closer to home, with an audience that is much more relevant to our primary business focus and strategy. It’s good that Sibos is coming back to Europe, especially as the last “European” one was in Dubai; basically it has not been to Europe since Amsterdam 2010.

Please reach out via any means of communication, should you be interested to start a discussion about FinTP and Banking On Open Source Technologies. In the spirit of open source, we are open for dialogue.


Author: Ioana Guiman


Not quite a tradition yet, but, just like in May, the day after the FinTP hackathon #2, we organized the Allevo User Group. The 23rd edition on 23. And the reason behind it stays the same: we wanted to debate the ideas from this hackathon’s kick-off while they were still hot.


On this edition of the user group’s agenda we included: qPI updates – qPI-SEPA, announcing two new qPI features under analysis: qPI-TE transaction enrichment and SEPA corporate to bank qPI-C2B -; FinTP Project project status – including product development, community processes, Hackathon #2 and the new automatic testing tool; the consultant session – Ruud van der Horst about how FinTP can address remittances and financial inclusion -; and last, but not least, our Sibos 2013 experience.


You are welcome to read more about it on our blog.

During the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), Allevo was invited, for the 2nd year in a row, as one of the partners of The future and security of electronic payments event.Organized on October 21st by Oxygen Events with the support of the Romanian Banking Association (RBA), ANSSI and CERT-RO, the event was included in the ECSM calendar and debated the impact of digital technology over the banking industry, analyzing the opportunities and challenges this will bring in the future.

Allevo CCO, Sorina Bera, talked about TOSS (Treasure on Open Source Software), our financial transactions centralized processing solution for corporations that our company has initiated this year. The project comes in the context of the SEPA Regulation that says starting October 2016, in non-euro countries, corporations must also align to SEPA standards. To help in this process, Allevo solution will be integrated in the IT infrastructure of the corporations, between their back-office application and the communication interfaces with their partner banks, transforming in what we call a “unique processing window”.


Sibos Issues

    Sibos Issues – Second edition 2015  (you can find us on page 6)

Sibos Issues – Monday edition (you can find us on page 6)

Sibos Issues – Tuesday edition (you can find us on page 10)


 Press Release: Allevo Open Source Solutions In Top – FinTP is the single open source application for processing financial transactions and the most recent customer using it is EximBank, a niche bank, solely dedicated to corporate financing.

 Allevo Press Release on FinTechFinTP, the first open source application for processing financial transactions expends its footprint

 Allevo Press Release on IBSintelligenceEximbank opts for Allevo’s open source application FinTP.

 Allevo Press Release on BobsguideFinTP, the first open source application for processing financial transactions expends its footprint

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