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Why Speed Answers to SME Needs

Small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) make up 99% of all businesses worldwide and represent a $56.9 billion annual revenue opportunity for financial institutions, Barlow Research estimates. ACI’s new real-time survey shows that 50% of SMEs globally would like their banking provider to offer more services that meet their unique needs. 

Key findings of this survey are presented in the survey infographic.

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of SMEs globally say conducting banking services in real-time would be ‘essential’ to the success of their business

Start Preparing for the New EU and US Real-time Schemes

How Ready is Ready

Immediate payments will soon be a new reality across the globe. To maintain competitive, financial institutions must match demand with new, real-time payment offerings. Based on survey results, it will also be critical to educate SME customers about instant payments use cases and the benefits to their business. ACI recognizes the effort to transition to a modern, real-time environment. No matter what region you operate in, our real-time experts, in partnership with banks who have done it before, offer best practices and tips to guide you towards successful implementation of immediate payments.

ACI Discusses the Opportunities of Real-Time Payments

ACI’s immediate payments expert, Barry Kislingbury, visited the London Stock Exchange studios to put additional survey findings into strategic context, illustrating how institutions of all sizes can address the unmet needs of SMEs with value-added, real-time payments offerings.

With the new US and EU real-time schemes just around the corner, Barry also lends advice for readying your systems.