InsightsAward winning Marco Polo & msg announce strategic alliance

15.10.2020| Media

15th October 2020 (Germany / Dublin)msg, one of Germany’s largest IT consulting and system-integration company, recently formalized a strategic alliance with Marco Polo, the fastest-growing distributed trade finance network.

This alliance marks the first time the global IT firm is partnering with a trade finance DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) network. As one of the top partners of SAP – the market leader in enterprise solutions, msg has an excellent track record in developing and implementing key digital solutions, and was recently awarded SAP’s Partner of the Year in Financial Services, and the Industry Innovation Award. 

Powered by the award-winning distributed platform from Marco Polo Network (formerly known as TradeIX) and R3’s Corda blockchain, Marco Polo allows participants to offer and access a complete suite of trade and working capital solutions in one place.  Today, Marco Polo is the largest and fastest growing trade finance network with over 35 financial institutions and partners such as Microsoft, Pole Star and Accenture. 

msg’s SAP expertise, together with Marco Polo’s innovative trade finance solutions offer a perfect fit for synergistic collaboration across trade and many aspects of the global financial sector.

This collaboration focuses on developing SAP-enabled solutions and extensions that will facilitate seamless integration, user experience, and real-time data exchange between an organization’s ERP systems and the Marco Polo Network. This data flow automation enables organizations on the Marco Polo Network to manage multiple funding programs across different jurisdictions and parties, as well as keeping their ERP systems updated in real-time for flexible cash flow management and accurate demand forecasting.

This partnership opens up significant opportunities for both Marco Polo and msg’s clients and partners, particularly in the insurance and financial sectors, to co-develop and provide innovative insurance offerings on the network, alongside already available financial products, through a unified portal and managed service.

Rob Barnes

Rob Barnes, CEO, Marco Polo Network (formerly known as TradeIX)
“We are delighted to have a dynamic and agile partner like msg coming on board the Marco Polo Network.

This is a truly symbiotic relationship in which we are able to mutually complement each other to achieve our common goal of architecting a truly collaborative ecosystem, not just across trade finance but the entire financial industry.”

Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang, Executive Board Member, msg group
“Marco Polo is a great example of how companies are stepping forward to cooperate in developing new digital products and services. This cross-industry business model is being driven by key digital technologies, such as DLT, that are bridging the gap between business and technological networks. Our partnership with the Marco Polo allows us to contribute our deep knowledge and capabilities in SAP and DLT, to support enterprises evolve from monolithic ERP silos to interconnected digital networks.”

About msg (

msg is an independent, international group of companies with more than 8,000 employees around the world. It offers a holistic service spectrum of creative, strategic consulting and intelligent, sustainable and value-added IT solutions for the following industries: automotive, banking, food, insurance, life science & healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, telecommunications, travel & logistics, as well as utilities, and has acquired an excellent reputation as an industry specialist during its 40 years in business. 

Within the group, independent companies cover the wide variety of industry and issue-based competence: msg systems ag forms the core of the company group and works in close cooperation with the subsidiaries, both on a business and organizational level. This allows the competence, experience and know-how of all the members to be bundled into a holistic solution portfolio with measurable added value for its customers.

msg holds sixth place in Lünendonk’s ranking of IT consulting and system integration companies in Germany.