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How SAP and Northern Trust are Jointly Meeting the Challenges of Financial Asset Management for the Insurance Industry

Northern Trust and SAP introduce a new partnership for our Insurance Investment Accounting and Analytics Services.

As seen on SAP’s website.

Over the last decade, digital transformation has empowered companies to create new business models, control costs, maintain compliance, and enhance customer loyalty. COVID-19 has accelerated this digital transformation journey, forcing companies to ask: “Are our digital initiatives effective and have they been the right ones?” For Northern Trust, the answer to this question is a resounding “yes,” thanks in part to the strong partnership the company has built with SAP that delivers innovative, scalable systems and business-driven content and services.

Northern Trust: A Market-Leading Approach to Financial Asset Solutions for Insurance Companies

Named the “Best Custodian” by Private Equity Wire in 2020, Northern Trust serves more than 180 insurance clients worldwide with more than $1 Trillion in assets. The company has been providing financial management solutions to insurance companies for more than 90 years.

Several years ago, Northern Trust identified the need for an outsourced investment accounting solution in the marketplace that was robust, scalable, and flexible. In our current low interest environment, insurance companies have had to be creative in how they trade and what they trade, and real-time insights across their entire portfolio are critical to business success. Yet Northern Trust’s clients were struggling to have all their assets on a single platform and instead relied on a patchwork of disparate solutions. Others were going through the process of bringing their derivatives in to see a consolidated view of their true holdings and were struggling to understand their accounting.

Northern Trust sought a cloud-based, agnostic platform that would allow clients to customize their ledger, support every type of trading option, allow management of all asset classes from privates to derivatives, and accurately represent their position. The right digital solution would need to solve the challenges caused by extracting accounting data, working with data across the globe, and integrating multiple data platforms– all while providing data in real-time.

SAP’s Financial Asset Management (“FAM”) system meets these needs and more, providing a one-of-a-kind investment accounting and analytics services platform that marries technology and service. Northern Trust considers FAM to be the iron-clad calculation engine for everything that happens for its clients’ portfolios. By adding the cloud-based engine for investment accounting and analytics, this gives Northern Trust’s clients the ability to truly “interrogate their data” rather than cobbling together Excel files and PDF files.

SAP & Northern Trust: Building an Innovative Partnership for Insurance Accounting and Analytics

Northern Trust started as an SAP customer, operating SAP FAM for 5+ years, before growing their relationship into a partnership that helped Northern Trust innovate on its current business model. Together, the companies provide both the market-leading investment accounting platform and robust services. We couple the best-in-class technology with Northern Trust’s fully dedicated service team led by insurance accounting experts that are focused on clients’ unique requirements. It’s a special partnership that enables exceptional solutions and services to benefit customers that otherwise would not be possible.

The partnership offers numerous advantages to insurers, including ensuring compliance with statuary reporting for all 50 states and accounting for several bases in parallel (e.g., US-GAAP and IFRS). The partnership unburdens insurers from having to maintain institutional investment management expertise in-house. With Northern Trust's leadership, insurers can be confident they're current on rapidly evolving best practices.

Learn What’s Next from the Experts: Listen to the Podcast

By 2025, many insurers will be engaging with cross-industry ecosystem providers and defining opportunities, beyond managing risk. Solutions like SAP and Northern Trust’s platform and services are essential to help insurers with automation and real-time data insights to embrace the future.

Learn more on SAP’s “Industry Insights” podcast. Josephine Monberg interviews Toni Tomic, Global Head of Insurance at SAP, and Chris Dvorak, Head of Insurance Solutions at Northern Trust, on what’s next for this successful partnership.

Christopher Dvorak portrait

Christopher Dvorak

Practice Executive, Asset Owners, Americas
Chris is responsible for the Insurance Solutions, Self-Managed Asset Owner (SMAO), Large Corporate West, and Correspondent Trust Services business segments within the Asset Owners Americas division at Northern Trust.

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