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Financial Services

Transformation of Financial Systems in European Financial Institutions

Financial Institution

Company Profile


Financial Services 


A major European financial institution, with affiliated institutions in each of the EU member states

Use Case:

Optimising a system that collects accurate and detailed data that includes every security connected to the Euro and European markets


This case study demonstrates four main points of interest: 

The implementation, underpinned by Finworks technology, is arguably one of the largest and most complex data-centric systems operating in Europe
The initiative has enabled the financial institution since 2007 to meet its European Directives and achieve financial market stability 
By adopting innovative design, technology and security, the operating costs have decreased over time 
The collaborative partnership between the financial institution and Finworks has enabled the system to evolve over fifteen years, adapting to change incrementally and with minimal disruption 


The Challenge:

To develop a process of collecting updates on legal and regulatory developments affecting financial institutions operating across Europe 

Our client, and each of its affiliates, require accurate, detailed information about the state of the financial markets in Europe and globally. This involves modelling a financial universe that includes every security connected to the Euro and European markets (now over 30 million in total) and associated real-time data from multiple information providers, e.g. Bloomberg, Standard & Poor's. The relevant parts of this information must be provided to each affiliate according to its individual requirements. This information is highly sensitive, both commercially and politically.  

Previously, because they had no way to assimilate the vast amount of data involved, our client's analysis had to be extrapolated from information on only a sample of major securities plus other key indicators. This was a slow process (they operated on a monthly cycle), much of it manual and unavoidably limited in its accuracy.

Quality assurance was a major issue as well. Multiple departments were involved, and internal collaboration was difficult and slow. External communication was manual, time-consuming, and frustrating for all parties. 

The Approach:

Develop a Trusted, Business-ready Data Foundation 

The European financial institution’s  goal is to establish a comprehensive and unified digital framework for banking institutions. Finworks' approach is to provide a collaborative framework for enterprises to exchange cyber-threat information and increase awareness about information and communication technologies (ICT) risk to continuously strengthen the sector's collective resilience.  

To build a secure, legally compliant, and user-friendly financial data system to accelerate automation and machine-learning solutions across Europe's financial sector
To provide a cloud-based framework for accessing sovereign financial data infrastructure and enabling Europe's financial institutions, financial technology, public stakeholders, and research institutions to exchange information and promote innovation
The infrastructure will connect and combine financial data from businesses and governments into a single data pool. It will be tailored for the fast creation of data-driven business models throughout Europe's banking industry

The Solution:

Automate the Process to the Most Advanced and Customised Solution 

Finworks Data has transformed the way this process works. Finworks Data:  

Collects data on every security from a huge range of sources  
Translates all received data into a consistent, usable form
Builds profiles over time as to the quality and reliability of data sources
Automatically manages conflicting or worthless data, filtering out exceptions
Intelligently combines information to present composite results  
​Prioritises and arranges queries for every stakeholder, assessing relevance and context in every case  
Tailors results to individual and local requirements  
Records every step in a highly detailed audit trail  

The Outcome:

Transform Data into a Valuable Insight  

Our client's data gathering and analysis have been transformed. Finworks Data has been at the heart of this process since 2003.  

Our client has moved from relying on limited information and data samples to a comprehensive, rigorous, and continuous assessment of the data:  

The monthly cycle is now in real-time
Our customer has achieved a massive improvement in both the volume and quality of its outputs, with no need for additional staff
We have helped them eliminate duplication of work across affiliates and departments
Our software has adapted to the many changes in financial markets since 2003 without needing any change to the "atomic" structure we created to describe and model individual securities
The service has been stable and consistent since 2003, with no break in service

Testimonials from a major European financial institution

"Finworks demonstrated an exceptional commitment towards the maintenance of the application and very high, far beyond normal, flexibility and adaptability when answering to requests”

"Finworks demonstrated extreme professionalism, skills and flexibility during the project, allowing for a record go-live timeline. Finworks continued to show the same level of dedication during the subsequent maintenance phase"

"Finworks was proactively highlighting the need to change to improve the system and that resulted in what we have now, that is a system that has been live for almost 2 years now without a big malfunction … and that says a lot about the quality of the product"