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Craig Stack, CFO, ProKarma (https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-stack-57932913/)
Craig Stack, CFO, ProKarma

Intacct and OANDA have extended their partnership regarding foreign exchange data services. The terms of the new agreement renew use of OANDA’s Exchange Rates API. It solidifies Intacct’s use of OANDAs Exchange Rates as the default ones used across Intacct’s cloud’s ERP system.

Craig Stack, CFO of ProKarma, a global IT solutions company said: “One of the most powerful features of Intacct is its multi-currency management and global financial consolidations. We have three entities, each with its own currency. The consolidation process before Intacct was a very painful process that took approximately 30-40 hours a month. Now, our consolidation process in Intacct is essentially the push of a button.

FX data partnership

One of Intacct’s objectives is to make it easy for companies of all sizes to manage their financials for multiple locations and entities. It should not matter if the business structure is simple or complex, domestic or global. For companies that need to automate currency conversions for transactions, or need to report in multiple currencies across the globe, automation has value. In Intacct, everything related to managing multiple currencies uses OANDA FX data to:

  •  deliver accuracy
  • reduce the time for multi-entity, multi-currency consolidation.

Many consider OANDA’s FX rates a gold standard. They are trusted by audit firms, tax authorities and companies around the world. Intacct uses OANDA’s up-to-date exchange rates to automate currency conversions and revaluations. The Intacct/OANDA platform:

  • gives instant access to information on currency gains and losses
  • enables organizations to produce reports in the headquarters’ currency or each entity’s local currency
  • provides companies access to historical exchange rates for more than 38,000 currency pairs.

OANDA API

OANDA developed its REST API on top of its currency trading platform, fxTrade. Requests and responses are in JSON format. Currencies, metals and CFD prices change multiple times per second. To obtain a price, the requester specifies the instrument name, for example EUR/USD. The API then gets the data the user requested and returns it to the application. It has access to both current and historical data and has a variety of uses, including:

  • obtaining real-time rates for all tradeable pairs 24 hours a day
  • historical pricing information
  • placing, modifying and closing orders
  • managing account settings
  • accessing account/trading history
  • creating charts.

What does it mean?

In an international business environment access to international exchange rates is important. Integration into financial systems, like Intacct has with its FX data partnership with OANDA, delivers a range of benefits. These include:

  • simplification of data acquisition
  • reduced errors
  • speeding up responsiveness, especially for understanding currency exposure.

ERP, treasury and accounting functions all benefit from this. By leveraging trusted, reliable, and accurate currency data, finance professionals can run businesses and reduce consolidation times. If nothing else the last is a boon of the first order whenever FX is involved.

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Charles Brett
Charles Brett is a business/technology analyst consultant. His specialist areas include enterprise software, blockchain and enterprise mobility tech (including metering). Specific industry sectors of interest and experience include finance (especially systems supporting wholesale finance), telecommunications and energy. Charles has spoken at multiple industry conferences, has written for numerous publications (including the London Times and the Financial Times). He was the General Chair of the bi-annual High Performance Systems Workshop, 2005. In addition he is an author and novelist. His Technology books include: Making the Most of Mobility Vol I (eBook, 2012); Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads for Windows Users (eBook, 2011); 5 Axes of Business Application Integration (2004). His published novels, in the Corruption Series, include: The HolyPhone Confessional Crisis, Corruption’s Price: A Spanish Deceit and Virginity Despoiled. The fourth in The Corruption Series - Resurrection - has is now available. Charles has a B.A. and M.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He has lived or worked in Italy, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, California and New York, Spain, Israel, Estonia and Cyprus.

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