One in three companies is still at risk of not being ready for the upcoming SEPA deadline, according to our survey carried out in July 2013.
In surveying 150 companies about their state of readiness for the SEPA deadline of 1 February 2014, as a follow up to our January 2013 survey, we also found that companies underestimate the effort required to comply, and few of them have a back-up plan should they fail to be ready in time. Major findings reveal good and bad news:
The results do not look good for the economy at large: if one in three companies has difficulties meeting the requirements, ‘plan A’ is no longer good enough. A surprising 46% of the respondents admit to not considering a back-up plan. Those companies that are thinking about an alternative are typically relying on their bank or a third-party cloud solution to come to their rescue.
But a back-up plan cannot be implemented overnight. It needs preparation and does not typically provide a shortcut for all aspects of plan A. In the second section of this report, we included the outline of a possible plan B. We recommend companies that are not yet SEPA-ready consider this guidance.