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Work sessions are a key feature of SOFE and offer a wealth of information about the latest and upcoming developments in SWIFT’s products and services. They cover a wide range of topics to ensure that there is something on the agenda for everyone. 

Alliance Interfaces Roadmap 2019-2020

Looking for your yearly Alliance Access/Entry/Gateway Roadmap update? Do you want to know everything that is coming next year for your Alliance interfaces? This is where you will find it.

Our product managers will walk you through the updates for 2019-2020, they will cover the main new features in release 7.3, explain what we are doing to help you do security monitoring, and share some early information on release 7.4 plans for 2020.


If you want to be prepared for 2019-2020, this is the session you cannot afford to miss.

Alliance Portfolio – What’s new, what’s next? The Alliance portfolio is continuously expanding to embrace new technology trends, new market initiatives and new customer demands. Join this session to hear about the latest SWIFT developments and plans in the Alliance Portfolio space, including topics such as instant payments, multi-network, APIs, Alliance Warehouse and the new Cloud platform.
Evolution of SWIFT’s cloud platform SWIFT is building a new cloud platform to enhance its offering for customers looking for a fully managed interface and connectivity to SWIFT. Don’t miss this session, which will include a sneak preview of the new graphical interface with fully re-designed screens for a best-in-class user experience.
Alliance Messaging Hub – the future in financial messaging 

Alliance Messaging Hub (AMH) is a future-proof financial messaging platform for financial institutions and market infrastructures. Scalable and customisable, AMH supports your business activities, with message processing allowing you to connect to multiple networks around the world. With AMH, all of your financial flows can be orchestrated in a single hub, regardless of whether they require FIN, FileAct, ISO 20022, SEPA, local formats, instant payments, files, messages, or API calls. Needs that are common across flows, such as sanctions screening, routing rules, reference data, message display, auditing, workflow and integration capabilities, can all be managed from one hub. You can simplify your messaging architecture and reduce complexity with a messaging hub that consistently provides top notch performance, security and availability, running 24/7 without fail. AMH can also greatly reduce your costs, and will increase your efficiency and agility in coping with change. 

Come and find out how AMH can take your financial messaging operations to the next level.

Security Controls 2019

The Customer Security Programme (CSP) is here to stay, and, as the threat landscape evolves, so must the CSP. As a result, at the same time that work is underway across the SWIFT community to certify compliance with the 16 existing mandatory controls, we have been working on the next version of the controls framework - v2019. In this session, we will share what’s coming up in the 2019 version of the security controls and answer your questions. 


If you play a role in your institution’s compliance with the CSP, this is a session that you can’t afford to miss.

Understanding your counterparty’s CSP attestation level

By now, all SWIFT customers should be checking what the attestation level of their counterparties is, and integrating this compliance data into their risk management processes. How do customers use the KYC-SA tool, and how should customers with many counterparties use the ‘bulk-load’ feature?

Cyber intelligence sharing

SWIFT shares cyber security threat intelligence, such as Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) and Modus Operandi (MOs), for the ongoing attacks on SWIFT customers with all its customers via the SWIFT ISAC. How do customers access the SWIFT ISAC portal? What data is in there? How do customers get the information in machine readable STIX / TAXII format?
SWIFT’s API strategy In this session we will run you through SWIFT’s API strategy, from the standardisation of financial APIs to the exploration of various use cases that we are looking at. We will take a closer look at SWIFT’s API roadmap and share information on the various activities that we are involved in. 
SWIFT gpi – the new norm in cross-border payments

The SWIFT community is to universally adopt the SWIFT gpi service, in a move that will see all 10,000 banks on SWIFT using gpi for cross border payments by the end of 2020. Launched in early 2017, gpi already accounts for 25% of SWIFT cross-border payment traffic. More than 100 billion USD in SWIFT gpi messages is sent every day, enabling payments to be credited to end beneficiaries within minutes - many within seconds. Hundreds of thousands of payments are being sent daily across 450 country corridors, in more than 100 currencies. In major corridors, such as USA-China, gpi already accounts for nearly 50% of payment traffic. It is this early success and fast adoption rate that led to the decision to move to universal gpi adoption.  Join this session to understand the business drivers behind SWIFT gpi and what this means for your institution.

Optimise your back-office functions with SWIFTRef, the must-have global reference data utility 

Faulty reference data and lack of system automation are some of the main operational risks associated with financial transactions, resulting in higher costs, reduced STP levels, and reputational damage. Also, thorough reference data is needed to meet the growing number of regulatory mandates and reporting needs. With all the reference data you need to process your transactions, SWIFTRef helps you complete your due diligence processes and parts of your regulatory compliance obligations in an automated, easy-to-integrate manner.


During this session you will hear from SWIFTRef experts about how the revised BIC standard is impacting the SWIFTRef products. You will also learn about our new files, including Standing Settlement Instructions (SSI), National ID history and structure, account number structure and of course, SWIFT gpi. You will also have an opportunity to find out more about our Entity Plus product, hear what’s coming up in the revamp of our Bankers World Online tool, and hear about our plans for the future, including the use of APIs

How SWIFT Business Intelligence solutions support your gpi journey

Are you looking to develop your SWIFT gpi business case or prioritisation strategy? Do you know where to gain the tangible insights needed to identify new business opportunities and adequately drive your resources? Do you want to monitor your gpi adoption for each of your branches/subsidiaries? 

Our BI for gpi portfolio will answer these questions, allowing you to assess your payments landscape, analyse your potential end-to-end gpi reach, and support the initiation of gpi payments. You will also be among the first to hear about the newly launched offering, gpi Observer Analytics, built upon our world-class secured Business Intelligence Watch platform. With gpi Observer Analytics, you will have all the payments routing intelligence and data to hand to see where to optimise or adapt your existing payment routings, leading to lower costs and faster payments. 

Whatever stage you have reached in your gpi journey, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the portfolio of BI products and services that will help equip you with unique business and operational insights only SWIFT can deliver.

ISO 20022 for Managers – what you really need to know ISO 20022 has been adopted by market infrastructures in more than 70 countries, making it a global success. The dominant role of ISO 20022 in payment systems and other market infrastructures, combined with its inherent functional and technical advantages, have triggered a demand to use the same standard cross-border, enabling interoperability. ISO 20022 is also designed to adapt to new technologies, and can be applied to APIs to ensure end-to-end consistency of business processes.  Come to this session if your institution is facing an ISO 20022 implementation and you want to learn everything there is to know about its fundamental concepts, scope, methodology, and everything else you are going to need on your ISO 20022 journey.
ISO 20022 for Implementers – what’s new? In April 2018, SWIFT launched a large scale community consultation on migrating cross-border MT traffic to ISO 20022. Around the same time, we started putting concrete plans together to create a standard framework for ISO 20022-enabled standard API design. And as if that wasn’t enough, the community is still exploring DLT use cases. Aimed at delegates who already know what ISO 20022 is, this session provides the latest information about these initiatives, and about how ISO 20022 and related tooling is being evolved to support them.
Using Alliance Managed Operations (AMO) to your strategic advantage

Organisations are facing continued pressures to reduce costs, manage regulatory compliance, and keep on top of cyber risks. This is combined with a need to focus on core activities and a reduced appetite to invest in SWIFT knowledge. In addition, SWIFT continues to raise the bar in terms of technological innovation and security. Driving this change means you are facing many changes and challenges with mandatory initiatives such as CSP and Release 7.2.

The AMO service is a solid response to those market trends. With AMO, you benefit from a trusted and highly skilled partner, offering operational excellence, discipline, and rigour. You can then focus on your core business, manage your costs better, and be confident that your Alliance infrastructure is expertly managed.

Join this interactive session to discuss these challenges and the value a managed service solution can bring.

Operational challenges? Find out how we can help you manage them better

In today’s challenging environment, the financial community has a number of key priorities to consider as it seeks to stay relevant through market-centric innovation while ensuring secure and compliant processes and operations. For our customers, time to market is critical as is guaranteeing worry-free operations. In 2019, SWIFT will bring to market a refreshed portfolio of Professional Services to help customers maintain their SWIFT environment.

You may prefer to manage the infrastructure yourself and benefit from preventive & proactive activities by our global support centres. Or perhaps you require hands-on help for specific tasks related to release and change management of your Alliance Lite2, Alliance Access (SAA) or Alliance Messaging Hub (AMH) environment. Or you are looking for complete peace of mind with our managed service offering. No matter what your operational challenges and needs are, you will be able to find the right value proposition within our renewed support and care services portfolio. 

Join this session to learn more about how our professional services continue to evolve to better serve you as of 2019.

How the Shared Infrastructure Programme (SIP) can increase the effectiveness of your risk management

In this session, SWIFT Users and Service Bureaux will learn how SIP contributes to a secure and reliable indirect connection to SWIFT. You will hear more about the SIP changes in 2019 that will be introduced in full alignment with the CSP evolution.   We will also showcase the new ComMon tool which will improve the continued SIP compliance monitoring of the Service Bureau.  We will explain what risk mitigation has been achieved so far and discuss the main hurdles in reaching full SIP compliance.

If you operate a Service Bureau, use a Service Bureau or have counterparties that use one, this interactive session will give you insights into current and planned initiatives to support Service Bureaux in the prevention of security incidents.

DLT e-Voting solution – A proof of concept with SWIFT and Slib

SWIFT and Slib have joined forces to demonstrate a new way of implementing innovative solutions in a complex environment with problematics of security, compliance and scalability.

In this session we will show you how to use your SWIFT infrastructure, interfaces and network to access to an innovative e-Voting solution developed by Slib on blockchain technology hosted on the SWIFT Sandbox. We will also explain how you can use a hybrid solution based on messaging and DLT  to foster interoperability and avoid market fragmentation with ISO 20022 as the foundation, combined with exposed APIs to access the ledger, clearly allowing each participant to adopt the new technology at its own pace.

This e-Voting solution will allow you to reduce friction and manual intervention in the voting process and also ensure that all information is transparent to stakeholders when required, with the right security, governance and risk procedures in place

Preventing fraud using Artificial Intelligence (AI) With the technology evolution, fraud attacks are getting more sophisticated, more powerful and faster. To defend against those attacks, there is a need to have a superior, faster-learning solution that has to be flexible and easy to maintain.
During this session, you will discover how AI can be used to enhance security and fraud detection across your organisation and you will get an insight on the research that SWIFT has done in this area.
mySWIFT – Enhance your gateway to support and make the most of Data-Analytics

The mySWIFT product team will be demonstrating the latest key additions to the mySWIFT portal :


  • New Notification Centre – a single notification platform for most communication flows (Security, Software, Hardware and other types of critical notifications)
  • New Knowledge Centre – a central platform covering all documentation resources (User Handbook, Knowledge Base tips, how-to videos, SWIFTSmart)
We will also brainstorm the potential and power of leveraging data-analytics in the area of efficiently operating and supporting your SWIFT footprint and services. Be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and think outside the box to help unlock your future mySWIFT data analytics in an interactive workshop format.
Improving the security of payments Institutions continue to face significant regulatory and reputational risks related to cyber-fraud. Understand how SWIFT's new Payment Controls service can be used to protect your payments from fraud and how the new SWIFT gpi stop and recall capabilities can help institutions respond rapidly to fraud threats. 
Financial Crime Compliance in the real-time world As the global trend towards real-time payment systems continues to accelerate, one of the most pressing issues for banks is how to increase speed whilst meeting regulatory and compliance obligations. Learn about the important role that financial crime compliance will play in the move to real-time payments and how that can support and enable business growth.
Cyber Resilience In an era of persistent cyber threats, Cyber Resilience is an evolving challenge. Bringing together the areas of information security, business continuity and (organizational) resilience, it is an area that  is rapidly gaining recognition and becoming an integral part of how we do business. In this session, you will learn from our experts in Professional Services about four critical cyber resiliency layers at SWIFT and how you better protect your SWIFT environment from interruption threats.