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Testing with ISO 20022 XML messages: turning complexity into simplicity

The Unifits Test Portal is aimed at test teams in banks and eliminates one of the biggest challenges in testing related to ISO 20022: the validation and creation of schema-compliant messages. What sounds so simple at first glance is in practice a huge effort and hardly manageable. The Unifits Test Portal seamlessly supports all use cases around such message formats of any clearing scheme and thus makes testing a breeze.

Benefits

ISO 20022 testing simplified – at a glance

The Unifits Test Portal is aims at supporting test teams in banks by turning the biggest challenges in testing related to ISO 20022 into a breeze. Complying with the guidelines of a wide range of clearing schemes and supporting all use cases around such message formats, it makes ISO 20022 test messages almost losing its horror.

Best of breed validation service for free: Unifits’ testing and validation services have been proven in the field for over a decade and are trusted by the industry. The validation of course also includes all usage rules from the respective guidelines.

90% savings in the creation of test messages: Unifits Test Portal allows for faster testing with better quality and makes your test team efficient. No one will miss checking issues field by field, and the tedious and error-prone creation of test messages is finally a thing of the past

One application for all clearing schemes: One application that allows performing conformance tests for different clearing schemes. No matter whether they are high-value payments, real-time payments, or retail/bulk payments.

Faster testing, with better quality: Unifits Test Portal is the tool that makes your test team efficient. No one will miss checking issues field by field, and the tedious and error-prone creation of test messages is finally a thing of the past.

Functionality

Validate, create, derive: supporting all relevant use cases

The application perfectly supports all required use cases: validate outgoing messages, create incoming messages, derive response and request messages. Just in case you are looking for more: take a look at our on-premises solution Unifits Test Engine as well, the first solution of its kind to automate transaction testing.

Validate outgoing
messages

Messages generated by the bank and sent to clearing can be validated by uploading them to the Unifits Test Portal. In addition to technical compliance, all usage rules relevant for the respective clearing procedure scheme are checked as well. The uploaded messages can be edited and adapted if necessary. The synchronously operating validation immediately indicates whether the adjustments made to the message are schemae-compliant or not.

Create incoming
messages

In order to be able to test the system in the bank, so-called inbound messages are required as well, i.e. payment messages that are sent from clearing to the bank. The Unifits Test Portal also supports this use case, in which clearly structured templates are available for such payment messages. After release of the data entered in the template, the XML message can still be edited and supplemented in an XML editor if required. Here, too, synchronous validation takes place permanently to ensure that generated test messages also comply with all the rules of the respective scheme.

Derive response and
request messages

A clearing and settlement scheme describes different processes, each consisting of a chain of different messages. Most of these messages relate to an originating message, the actual payment. A Payment Return (PACS.004) for instance refers to an underlying payment message such as PACS.008 or PACS.009. The Unifits Test Portal solves this challenge with the DERIVE function.

Explained: Easily eliminate three
headaches of ISO 20022 testing

01 Validate messages
02 Create messages
03 Derive messages
Give it a free try

After years of focusing on one topic, simplifying transaction testing, Unifits is able to provide you with the best of breed validation service for free. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also test message creation on top.

  1. Unlimited validation for all currently supported schemes, freely available even beyond the trial period
  2. Create simply structured messages with all mandatory elements and most common optional elements (all optional elements only available in subscription version)
  3. 90% savings in the creation of test messages
After Registration
FREE 30 DAYS TRIAL
Learn how the Unifits Test Portal works. Selected clearing schemes are available for trial so that everyone can see how the Unifits Test Portal makes testing easier and more efficient. Completely free of charge and without obligation.
  1. VALIDATE – Pre-selected clearing schemes & messages to try out
  2. CREATE – Pre-selected clearing schemes & messages to try out
  3. DERIVE – Pre-selected clearing schemes & messages to try out
  4. Register in less than a minute
  5. Immediately start to explore and to test
  6. Contact us for requests or suggestions
after 30 days
FREE VALIDATION
After the 30-days-trial period, you can continue to use the free VALIDATION for a clearing scheme of your choice.
  1. VALIDATE – Continue with a clearing scheme of your choice
  2. Contact us for requests or suggestions
Individual Offer
SUBSCRIPTION
If you want to test with more than one clearing scheme or if you want to continue using the editor as well as the CREATE and DERIVE function, request your individual offer now.
  1. VALIDATE – any scheme*) & message
  2. CREATE – any scheme*) & message
  3. DERIVE – any scheme*) & derivation
  4. Full support even for individual schemes, e.g. those agreed with indirect participants

*any scheme Unifits offers (see Supported Payment Schemes)

Compatibility

Supported payment schemes

The Unifits Test Portal complies with the guidelines of a wide range of clearing schemes for a large variety of payment systems throughout the world, e.g. Real-Time payments, High Value payments, Mass & Retail payments). Unifits is constantly introducing new schemes and not all available schemes might be listed on this page or unlocked in Free Mode in the Unifits Test Portal. So please just let us know in case you are interested in a particular scheme.

Global
Bilateral Clearing

  • Global: SWIFT CBPR+

Europe
RTGS and HIGH VALUE PAYMENTS
  • Europe: TARGET2
  • Europe: EBA EURO1
  • Europe: EBA STEP1
  • United Kingdom: CHAPS
  • Switzerland: SIC4
REAL TIME PAYMENTS
  • Europe: TIPS TARGET INSTANT PAYMENTS
  • Europe: EBA RT1
  • Nordics: NPC Instant Credit Transfer
MASS & RETAIL PAYMENTS
  • Europe: EBA STEP2 (SEPA Credit Transfer, SEPA Direct Debit Core & B2B, SEPA Cards Clearing)
  • Nordics: NPC Credit Transfer
  • Germany: SCL SEPA-Clearer German Bundesbank
America
RTGS and HIGH VALUE PAYMENTS

  • Canada: LYNX
  • United States: TCH CHIPS (as from Q1/2022)
  • United States: Fedwire (as from Q2/2022)

REAL TIME PAYMENTS

  • Canada: RTR Real-Time Rail (as from Q4/2021)
  • United States : TCH RTP
  • United States : FedNow (as from Q1/2022)

Asia-Pacific

  • Singapore: MEPS+
  • Hongkong: CHATS (as from Q4/2021)

More payment schemes on request: we are happy to introduce particular schemes, if needed

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And there is more! Gain full control over the payment testing process

The Unifits Test Portal perfectly supports all required use cases: validation of outgoing messages, creation of incoming messages, and derivation of response and request messages. If you are looking for an on-premise solution for automated end-to-end transaction testing, take a look at our Unifits Test Engine.

  1. Reduction of all testing efforts (time, personnel and costs)
  2. Significant increase of testing due to automation
  3. Continuous regression tests to ensure quality
  4. Seamless valdidation of all outgoing XML data
  5. Rapid recognition of defects

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Frequently asked questions

Does Unifits support schemes for payment initiation and client reporting as well (customer to bank interface)?

Of course, we also support numerous schemes at the customer to bank interface. For example, we offer a portal solution for onboarding corporate customers as well as test support for banks by enabling the initiation of payments such as with pain.001 or pain.008. Since the customer to bank standards are often at least partially adapted by banks for their corporate customers, we do not offer these as a blanket solution, but only in coordination with the respective bank or with a national scheme authority. So please do not hesitate to contact us in this regard, we are looking forward to your request.

How does Unifits ensure that I can rely on the validations performed by the Test Portal?

Unifits validation is the most trusted of all testing solutions on the market. Still, no one can guarantee 100% correctness, not even us. And yet there are good reasons why you can trust our validation, as thousands of users have already done:

  • Unifits has unmatched expertise due to its strong focus in this area.
  • Unifits validations are used by banks in productive workflows as well.
  • Validation rules are implemented by Unifits at least according to the 4-eyes principle.
  • The Unifits solutions and thus the validation modules are used by many banks and payment service providers, which can be seen as a kind of crowdtesting. In this way, errors, if they exist at all, are detected very quickly and with a high degree of certainty.
The scheme I have to test with is not within the list of available schemes. How can I get support for such schemes?

Unifits is constantly introducing new schemes and not all available schemes might be listed on this page or unlocked in Free Mode in the Unifits Test Portal. So please just let us know in case you are interested in a particular scheme. If we don’t support it yet, we can implement it based on priority. Prioritization depends, among other things, on the number of requests to support a particular scheme. So please do not hesitate to contact us in this regard, we are looking forward to your request.

How much do I have to pay for the subscription?

The subscription fee is always individual, as it depends on the number and complexity of the required schemes as well as on the number of users/testers. Please use our form to provide us with the relevant information and you will receive an individual offer.

Why does Unifits not make validation freely available for all supported schemes?

The Unifits solution is considered the best of its kind. Validation for a scheme of your choice at this quality and at zero cost is an absolutely unique offer on the market. You need to know that the implementation as well as the ongoing maintenance of each scheme requires a large commitment of highly specialized resources, which must be paid for in the end. Therefore, we kindly ask you to send us your subscription request and we will make you a fair offer.

Who has access to data that I upload and / or create?

Notwithstanding Unifits’ extremely high security standards, according to the Terms of Use in the Free Trail and Free Use version, you may only use synthetic test data or anonymized data. In any case, Unifits employees who are to ensure the operation and maintenance of the application must have access to the environment. Unifits employees are subject to strict compliance requirements, as Unifits operates exclusively in the financial services sector and handling sensitive data is part of our daily business. In addition, Unifits operates cloud services exclusively in very secure data centers certified to run financial services applications and with sensitive data. Access to data by external third parties is therefore extremely unlikely according to the current state of the art.

Save time, effort and spare your nerves –
Start your free trial period now

After years of focusing on one topic, simplifying transaction testing, Unifits is able to provide you with the best of breed validation service for free. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also test message creation with unprecedented simplicity and 90% savings.

  1. Unlimited validation for all currently supported schemes, freely available even beyond the trial period
  2. Effortless creation of ISO 20022 test messages. Constant values are preset, transaction references and timestamps are generated. Optional elements are easily added via dropdown.
  3. Create response messages in no time based on their underlying message with our unique Derive feature

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About us

Streamlined and robust solutions in times of complexity.

Unifits is a consulting and software company with expertise in designing ISO 20022 programs to meet the transformational requirements unique to different regions. Our team of experts has successfully supported the ISO 20022 migration in Europe. Our software products like the XML Centre and the Test Engine have led the way.

As the only provider worldwide, that enables integrated solutions for financial transactions from only one source, we create individual, highly specialized and custom-made services. We are more than just programmers: As consultants, enablers and partners, we are leading businesses into the future. We are empowering businesses to act independently today and positioning them to anticipate and quickly address the requirements changes of tomorrow. We are hands on, so that running your business is all in your hands.

Experience the benefit of working with a service provider that has a successful ten year plus track record. Get a head start with our solutions, services and proven expertise.

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Our Customer Onboarding Platform provided by Unifits allows every software partner or bank client, who is affected by the Swiss payment migration, to conduct independent testing.

Besides the fact that Unifit's solution increased our own efficiency for client onboarding by factors, it added enormous value to our clients by giving them a 24 / 7 “self-service” that saved also their efforts and improved the overall quality at the very same time.

Unifit's passion for ISO 20022 and quality assurance combined with the great collaboration and their outstanding solutions made the partnership a pleasure.
Thanks to the Unifits Test Engine, availability of our highly skilled test resources is a much smaller issue. Quality for our payment flows is assured automatically, regardless whether they are related to batch- or instant-payments.

Since the Test Engine initiates end-to-end flows through different customer channels as well as simulates all the diverse clearing and settlement systems we are connected to, we have been able to significantly reduce effort and duration for regression testing.

Furthermore, it's always a joy to work with Unifits. Their outstanding expertise and support are inspiring!
Based on Unifits solutions we effortlessly generate messages to test our Clearing Services.

GSA and Oesterreichische Nationalbank interbank payment infrastructure includes the Clearing Service Austria (CS.A) and the Clearing Service International (CS.I).
CS.A processes national interbank payments and offers a comprehensive reachability within the Austrian market. CS.I enables the settlement of cross-border interbank payments to all European SEPA countries through the EBA STEP2 access of the Austrian national bank as well as other clearing infrastructures.

Besides the benefits by utilizing Unifits solutions we also value their excellent expertise and support.
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EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
Volker Heinze Business Development T— +49 89 43 7777 9710 Evolker.heinze@unifits.com
AMER (North, Central and South America)
Pat Deane Business Development T— +1 416 986 0633 Epat.deane@unifits.com
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