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Sharing our payments knowledge & expertise 

Icon Academy

Empowering our clients is at the heart of Icon Solutions and with that comes sharing the payments knowledge and expertise we have gained from working with Tier 1 global banks.

We have packaged our payments experience into three core payments training workshops exclusively for our existing customers. All our training courses can be tailored to your requirements, whether you want to fast-track those new to payments, want to develop the skills of experienced payments professionals or about to begin a major payments transformation programme.

All courses are delivered by payments practitioners who are experts in their field. They all bring a wealth of expertise from the industry, a desire to learn and a passion for keeping pace with a market that is constantly evolving.

The courses are workshop based (normally between 2-3 hours) and can take place either at your offices or with us here in Wimbledon.

Find out more about our courses below.


Payments 101

This provides an introduction to payments in terms of how they work, the processes involved and how they differ for different types of payment providers. It provides a comprehensive overview of payments and gives a better understanding of end to end payment processing. This is suited to those who have just joined a payments project or those looking to explore less-familiar aspects of the industry.

Who should attend?

  • Those new to payments who need to understand the basics
  • Existing payments professionals who would like to further their understanding of the entire payments ecosystem
  • Experts in cards, banking, remittance, lending or other variations who may need to get an appreciation of all other aspects of payments they may not be familiar with.

Topics covered:

  • Payments definition and how they need to work
  • Overview of reconciliation, clearing and settlement processes
  • The different types of payments providers and the payment differences between them
  • The impact financial crime has on payments processing

How will you benefit?

  • An in‐depth snapshot to the entire industry
  • Better understanding of how payments works and how it all fits together

Payments Architecture 101

This is a course designed for experienced architects and business analysts who are new to the world of payments. It will give an overview of what ‘good looks like’ when it comes to creating payments architecture to support the needs of a bank today and tomorrow. Icon consultants will share best practices from their experience designing and implementing state of the art integration architecture, foundational for the robust processing of payments.

Who should attend?

  • Architects with little or no payments experience
  • Business / Functional Analysts

Topics covered:

  • Payments trends driving the market and impact on existing players.
  • Different types of payments and payments rails e.g. batch vs instant payments
  • Why payments architecture is different
  • The payments value chain in terms of functionality, capabilities and technologies
  • The payments blueprint in terms of reference models and accelerators
  • Payment architecture specifics such as: Order management, execution and orchestration
  • Data management strategy and monetization opportunities
  • Value Added services

How will you benefit?

  • A better understanding of the payments market, including both business and technology trends and opportunities in future state model
  • Identification of the key differences and impacts involved with payments processing
  • Practical guidance on creating a best practice payments architecture based on Icon working with leading organisations to solve real-life scenarios
  • Understanding how competitors are responding to market changes
  • Collaborative session that encourages healthy discussions, information exchange and viewpoints.

Payments Transformation Programme Delivery Seminar

  • Banks are at a pivotal point of inflection as regulation, competition and technology changes put traditional business models under more pressure than ever previously experienced. To stay relevant in the industry, banks must accelerate their payments transformation in order to innovate, drive new revenue streams and tackle the market disruptors head on. This seminar provides an overview of the drivers behind payments transformation, the responses required from banks and the considerations for successful programme delivery.

  • Who should attend?

    • Payments Transformation Delivery Teams

    Topics covered:

    • Options for accelerating transformation
    • Developing the payments transformation roadmap
    • Establishing an operating model to deliver transformation
    • Organisational skills, delivery models and structures supporting payments programme delivery
    • Key learnings from Icon’s experience.

    How will you benefit?

    • A good overview of the changes taking place in the payments landscape
    • Identification of the key delivery differences and impacts involved with payments processing
    • Practical guidance on creating a best practice payments delivery.


    New York, NY: Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS), within Citi’s Services organization, has made an investment in Icon Solutions, a leading fintech provider of payments technology and consultancy services. In addition to the investment, Citi plans to expand its use of the Icon Payments Framework (IPF) to enhance its micro-services orchestration architecture. This investment and relationship with Icon Solutions demonstrates Citi’s strategy of working with fintechs to strengthen its technology and payments capabilities.

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