Preparing for the implementation journey of ISO 20022 migration

Jun 27, 2023 by Praveena Grandhi



In brief

  • Praveena Grandhi explores the importance of adhering to the Swift ISO 20022-format transition, enabling more efficient and automated global payments.
  • Explore the factors influencing the "build vs buy" strategy for banks preparing for ISO 20022 migration, such as budget constraints, the complexity of legacy systems, and regulatory dependencies. 
  • Praveena discusses the key timelines for ISO 20022 implementation, with an emphasis on the Swift network's estimate that 80% of global, high-value payments will be processed through ISO 20022. 
  • Take a deep dive into the benefits of ISO 20022 adoption, including richer data, lower operational costs, and improved fraud detection. 


Why it’s important to adhere to the ISO 20022-format transition


Swift’s messaging services are trusted and used by more than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Providing reliable, secure and efficient messaging services to our community of users, Swift is the backbone of global financial communication and one of the most important banking software services. 

Now that Swift has announced that the go-live for Swift ISO 20022 for cross-border payments and reporting (CBPR+), and the coexistence period has started, it’s time for all financial institutions and market infrastructure players to plan the migration journey so that they don’t miss opportunities in the global market by being late. 

The ISO 20022 format would be global language standard for payments across countries enabling a more transparent and structured data transmission. This would allow for a higher degree of automation and straight-through processing worldwide. It also allows customers profiling with better data analysis by understanding the nature of payments processing. 


What is CBPR+ reporting?


Cross-border payments and reporting plus (CBPR+) is a workgroup of payments experts whose mission is to create global ISO 20022 market practice and implementation guidelines to ensure a common roll-out and implementation of ISO 20022 migration by banks. 


Factors influencing the solution


Most of the Swift partner applications have certified themselves as CBPR+ ready and offer an out-of-the-box solution to enable the banks to get ready for the future ecosystem.  

Banks need to carefully plan their strategy to choose “build vs buy”.  

Factors that influence the decision could be: 

  • Internal legacy system architecture complexity  
  • Regional bank with regional clients or multinational bank with corporate clients 
  • How static data is managed and represented 
  • Budget available for the transformation to choose a long-term future-proof solution or interim fixture to get ready for the deadline 
  • Other regulatory program delivery overlap and dependencies 

Banks could tend to pick either a long-term strategy and adapt to uplift their ecosystem and adapt the best-suited industry solutions or adapt to the need by managing the transformations layer internally and cater to the end goal without altering internal systems much. They should concentrate to reap the business benefit because of this migration. 


What are the timelines?


With the financial industry migration of major currencies to ISO 20022 formatting, the Swift network estimates that 80% of global, high-value payments by volume and 90% by value, will be processed through ISO 20022.  

Domestic markets already making good progress and real-time gross settlement systems (RTGSs) in several key domestic markets, like Australia (RITS), Canada (LYNX), Europe (EURO 1 and T2), and New Zealand (ESAS), also started their  ISO 20022 implementation on March 20, with others set to go-live over the coming months and years in time for the ISO 20022 deadline. While the two European systems migrated in ‘big bang’ mode; Australia, Canada and New Zealand began with a coexistence period.  

November 2025, marks the moment when MT categories 1, 2, and 9 will be decommissioned on FIN, and the final date to enable full ISO 20022 adoption for cross-border payments.


Overview of ISO 20022 timeline / Luxoft Blog


Benefits of adopting the ISO 20022 standard


Even though migration could be complex and time consuming, once the standard has been adopted, ISO 20022 migration could unlock some exciting benefits for banks.  

  • Richer structured data 
  • Lower operational costs 
  • Higher automation 
  • More opportunities due to purpose of payments is visible 
  • Fraud detection and compliance 


Don’t want to miss the train?


You should be reaching a partner like us who:  

  • Understands the complexity of the message format mapping between MT and MX 
  • Has technical subject matter expertise to implement the solution into a bank’s platform 
  • Experience in comprehensive program delivery, covering the end-to-end value chain 
  • Extensive knowledge in delivering the solution across clients 
  • Best practices and experience of delivery methodology to get it right  


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Praveena Grandhi , India Head of Trading and Risk Management Solutions

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India Head of Trading and Risk Management Solutions

Praveena has over 19.5 years’ industry experience, specializing in Capital Markets, and Trading and Risk Management Solutions. She has proven her abilities on a wide range of roles including account management, delivery management, pre-sales, solutioning, capability development, and driven several value-added initiatives. Praveena also has a successful track record of managing multi-system implementation and simplification programs, Cloud and DevOps implementations, migrations and change-the-bank programs, bringing system integration partner experience and thought leadership to the journey. Currently, she is responsible for Luxoft India Trading and Risk Management Solutions and CLM practice and driving multiple initiatives across the organization as a subject matter expert.