ANZ Bank continues Trade360 SaaS partnership with CGI

10 October 2014

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, one of the major banks in the Asia-Pacific region, has decided to extend its use of the CGI Trade360 global trade finance Software as a Services (SaaS) platform. The contract has a duration of seven and half years.

To help banks manage their global trade business, CGI has developed an integrated IT offering that facilitates both client interactions (e.g. account management, cash management) as well as internal operations (e.g. internal processes, supply chain). The offering, which is delivered through a Software as a Services (SaaS) platform, provides corporate clients with the applications, infrastructure and support needed to operate.

CGI Trade360 Global Transaction Service

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) started to use Trade360 is 2001, and currently operates the system in 28 countries. According to CGI, the state-of-the-art system has over the past 10+ years enabled the bank to realise a 50% improvement in operational efficiency and a 30% increase in transaction throughput, with the same number of staff. Based on these positive results, ANZ has not surprisingly decided to extend the partnership with the global IT services company.

“The CGI Trade360 platform has been essential to ANZ’s global expansion and supporting our growth into a super-regional bank. It is the one platform we use across our trade business globally in 28 countries,” says Wayne Jobson, Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Platforms at ANZ. “With CGI Trade360, we can give every customer the ANZ experience wherever they bank with us. It allows us to deliver consistency to our customers, leverage global synergies and seamlessly expand our footprint.”

ANZ Bank continues Trade360 SaaS partnership with CGI

Frank Tezzi, Vice President and Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance at CGI adds, “We are delighted to continue our long-term partnership with ANZ. Their decision to extend the use of CGI Trade360 demonstrates confidence in our ability to deliver a premier, global trade platform to help ANZ compete successfully in the evolving trade marketplace.”


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”