Innovation by Swiss RE and SAP

Coinnovation SAP SWISS RE
Written by Charly

The recently announced strategic co-innovation initiative between Swiss Re, a global insurer and SAP SE, a market leader in enterprise application software promises to address challenges that affect financial steering and reporting of insurance companies around the world.

Today, insurance companies operate under strict and different valuation and reporting standards like the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS 9/ IFRS 17); remaining consistently compliant becomes challenging affecting insurers and reinsurers ability to collect reliable and comparable financial data. They also complicate the internal financial reporting process, which further affects operation costs.

The Swiss Re and SAP partnership is working on generating multiple valuations and introducing financial steering methods that will automate the process and improve efficiencies based on SAP HANA®.

In the past, Swiss Re and SAP have recorded tremendous progress on the same. Swiss Re comes with extensive industry knowledge that helps create a complex multi-variation accounting approach to address regulatory and operational issues. On the other hand, SAP offers SAP S/4HANA®, SAP HANA, and cloud based solutions.

Through their partnership, Swiss Re and SAP will work towards developing a modular, flexible system, which will address operational challenges and improve productivity by introducing a sophisticated system that integrates actuarial, analytical and operational processes.

According to Gerhard Lohmann, CFO Reinsurance at Swiss Re, SAP was the right partner because of its excellence and long history developing solutions for global insurance companies.

Luka Mucic, CFO and Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, also added that Swiss Re will bring on board its profound industry knowledge to help develop technology that will simplify the approach insurers and financial service providers have to their unique needs. Ultimately, the co-innovation partnership proves that the future in innovation is partnerships that are based on unique expertise and the mutual need to transform an industry.

The press release can be found at the homepage of

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Reporting based on IFRS 4 is not always easy as it seems to be - as insurance companies have several IT-systems in their portfolio, the biggest challenge in my opinion is to connect all of the systems to get the right data and consequently the right report.

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