KUALA LUMPUR (May 23): RHB Banking Group (RHB) has launched Malaysia’s first-of-its-kind SME connected banking ecosystem, featuring the enhanced RHB SME e-Solutions platform.
This RHB SME e-Solutions platform offers small and medium enterprises (SMEs) complete interoperability to achieve greater business efficiency through its first collaboration with Financio, a business solutions partner offering cloud-based accounting software which will eliminate the need for SME customers to navigate multiple systems.
Under the integrated Financio accounting software solutions, SMEs will benefit from the following;
• Direct integration with third party accounting software using secured Application Programming Interface (API)
• Real-time view of their bank account balance, within the accounting software
• Facilitation of payment initiations directly from SME customers’ accounting software
• Automated reconciliation process by leveraging on direct bank feeds
• Request for on-demand/ periodical bank account statements from the accounting software as well as view their financial accounting dashboard within the banking platform
The enhanced RHB SME e-Solutions is one of the components of the RHB SME ecosystem providing SME customers with value added features on a single platform that include seamless integration of banking activities.
The RHB SME e-Solutions addresses challenges faced by SMEs in cash flow and financial resource management by integrating RHB Reflex and Financio. RHB Reflex is an online integrated service that combines cash management, trade and payment solutions, designed to cater to the operational needs of SMEs and corporate customers.
“With enterprise system being too complex and costly, RHB has developed a connected banking ecosystem that simplifies cash flow and financial management for our SME customers. In rolling out this platform, RHB is the first bank to use Application Programming Interface (API), to integrate RHB Reflex with a financial accounting system.
“Currently, there are 90,000 SMEs within our SME ecosystem, of which we are targeting to have at least 10,000 SMEs participate in the SME e-Solutions by 2020,” said Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli, Group Managing Director, RHB Banking Group.
“RHB’s approach towards SME Banking is to provide a holistic ecosystem that makes everyday business for SMEs simple and convenient, thus improving their productivity and enabling them to further improve their business. This is in line with our FIT22 strategic road-map which outlines a structured direction in boosting RHB’s penetration of the SME segment in Malaysia and become an SME ecosystem bank by 2022,” he added.
Over the next 12 months, RHB will introduce more business-friendly features on SME e-Solutions to enable customers to make direct payment through FPX and DuitNow. RHB will be expanding tie-ups with new business solutions partners to include point-of-sale solutions, e-wallet operators, payroll providers and inventory management solutions.
RHB SME ecosystem offers a line-up of cloud-based business solutions aimed at empowering SMEs with versatile solutions comprising the following;
• RHB SME e-Solutions – all-in-one solution designed for SME customers including Accounting Software, e-Point of Sale and Human Resource Management.
• RHB SME Online Financing and Online Business Current Account Opening — a customer self-initiated online loan application portal that allows small businesses to apply for financing in a few minutes and receive cash within a few days.
• RHB Financial Supply Chain (FSC) – offers business solutions that optimize working capital and provide liquidity to business through ecosystem financing by which suppliers and retailers can perform payment for goods and services through RHB’s platforms.
• RHB Biz Power — a business lending solution which provides SMEs the flexibility to obtain financing with a customized combination of Term Loan, overdraft (OD) and trade facility based on needs.