Setting up EBICS in no time

If you want to use EBICS, there is no room to make mistakes or forget anything. From users to accounts to rights: EBICS users have to keep in mind and configure many things. PPI has developed a wizard for its proprietary EBICS client (TRAVIC-Port) in order to compile the required data faster and, above all, centrally.

Granted, if you want to create a new EBICS user, you will have to go through quite a few clicks. The same is true for the PPI product world, i.e. TRAVIC-Port. The system requires an ID from each individual user, the master data, the initial password and a security medium which will be used for login later on. On top of that, the user takes on different roles, has different authorisations and often more than one bank connection. As TRAVIC-Port is multi-bank capable, the respective bank accesses must also be set up. Often the main bank takes over this task for its EBICS corporate customers - and this usually means long phone calls during which the bank employee has to query all this information.

Banks that have ordered the setup wizard will find a new entry directly on the start page (see Fig. 1) that makes their life much easier. Via a series of dialogs, the wizard queries all necessary data in order to create a new EBICS user.

The wizard also ensures that the data is entered in the correct places. This is particularly convenient because the system sets up the download agents via a different menu item than bank accesses and users, for example. Although this makes sense logically, it complicates quick input and makes new setups error-prone and tedious. Dialogs prevent important data from being omitted and enable you to see at a glance what information is actually required. For instance, the first thing to do is to set up a new bank account - whether this is done by the bank or an administrator on the customer side is irrelevant. The dialogue asks for all required information and shows how much work still lies ahead. As many as seven dialogs come together for the setup of a new bank access (see Fig. 2).

Once all bank accesses are set up, it's usually time for the individual users. For example, a small law firm wants to set up account authorisations for the owner, two employed lawyers and an assistant - specifically different ones for each individual. The owner naturally wants to have all rights, be able to order and release transactions without limits and, for example, issue releases for her colleagues via an electronic distributed signature. The two employed lawyers, on the other hand, are only allowed to release transactions up to a certain amount on their own - and the assistant may create payments but not release them. All four in turn should be able to see the account statements which are downloaded from the EBICS bank server. All these configurations are facilitated by a dialog that can create new colleagues for an already created corporate client (see Fig. 3).

You want to give yourself and your customers an edge when it comes to setting up EBICS? Get in touch with us. The setup wizard can be easily ordered via a CR and is subsequently available in TRAVIC-Port.

Author: Christian Veith 



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