NPA and SCTInst – What’s the difference?

The UK is due to upgrade its instant payments platform by mid-2025. The New Payments Architecture (NPA) aims to deliver multiple benefits, including ease of access and enhanced data carrying capabilities. In…

Hussam Kamel

28 March 2023


Is ‘Low Code’ the Secret to Payments Transformation?

It’s a transformative time for the payments industry. The development of innovative payments methods and technology has changed marketplace dynamics, pushing new players into the spotlight and shifting the focus of payments…

Arjeh van Oijen

16 March 2023


International Women’s Day: How the banking and payments industry can embrace ‘DigitALL’

The critical role of women in computer science has arguably been under reported throughout history. From Ada Lovelace – who developed the first computer software – to Margaret Hamilton leading the development…

Tamsin Crossland, Sirin Sevinc,

8 March 2023


New Payments Architecture – what banks should be doing to prepare

A sea-change is coming to UK payments. In 2016-17, the UK’s industry-wide Payments Strategy Forum created the New Payments Architecture (NPA) initiative. The initiative seeks to create a state-of-the-art, real-time payments infrastructure…

Andrew Ducker,

16 February 2023


Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

As we celebrate the eighth International Day for Women and Girls in Science on Saturday 11th February 2023, we know that, as technology specialists, our industry needs to do so much more….

Tamsin Crossland,

10 February 2023


Payments outsourcing: minimising risk and maximising value-added services

Research indicates that payments transformation isn’t optional—it’s imperative for survival. Yet modernising payments infrastructure can be a costly undertaking. Toine van Beusekom, Strategy Director at Icon Solutions, discusses how Tier 2 and…

Toine van Beusekom,

30 January 2023


5 predictions to help shape banks’ resolutions for 2023

By all accounts, 2022 was difficult for just about everyone. Continuing economic fallout from the pandemic, geopolitical upheaval, soaring inflation, rising energy costs and a host of other pressures all underscored the…

Icon Solutions

11 January 2023


How payments transformation can help Tier 1 banks to scale

It’s no secret that the account-to-account payments processing model remains under strain. Despite payment services being ‘mission critical’, many Tier 1 banks continue to see these payment operations as a ‘cost centre’….

Anand Vaidya

13 December 2022


Competition in payments: the rise of A2A payments and the role of regulation

Innovation is enabling new types of payments and creating a truly dynamic ecosystem. Yet in order to create a market where new schemes like Account-to-Account payments can compete, regulation must play a…

Esther Groen

7 November 2022