Case Study Agilent. Inc.

Agilent, Inc.
FiREapps PRODUCT: FiREapps Enterprise™

Agilent’s Treasury has a long track record of tightly managing foreign currency risk by maximizing hedge efficiency. Despite past success, the team recognized a need for improvements within their FX exposure management program to enable Treasury to be a more strategic partner to the business units. Doing so would require 1) increasing operational efficiency by eliminating the need for significant manual data entry, 2) instituting a greater level of automation and flexible analytics, and 3) reducing total cost of ownership and IT costs, preferably with an ASP-driven solution. After searching the market and determining that a single-vendor, end-to-end solution does not exist, the team sought several “best of breed” solutions, each of which must interact at multiple points to mimic Treasury’s past success. The team also wanted more than a “software provider”; they wanted a partner with deep FX expertise to help Agilent realize its vision for a fully automated, straight- through process.

Agilent Results: An Integrated, Closed – Loop FX Management Process

Today, FiREapps serves as Treasury’s pre-trade FX exposure management system, integrating with Agilent’s trading platform, 360T, and its Treasury Management System, SunGard Integrity. To tie the systems together into a seamless flow, the FiREapps consulting team provided significant support to help Agilent design, architect, implement, and validate the new straight-throught process- an effort that required tight collaboration with all technology providers, including SunGard and 360T.

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