Staying Ahead of the Curve: Leveraging Risk Management Platforms to Stay Agile in an Evolving Market

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Leveraging Risk Management Platforms to Stay Agile in an Evolving Market

Mohan Ramaswamy, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Rubix Data Sciences, 0

Mohan Ramaswamy possesses 25 years of experience in prominent multinational corporations and established Rubix after leading the successful transformation of LexisNexis in India and South Asia. He orchestrated both organic and inorganic growth at LexisNexis, overseeing significant projects, including collaborations with the Prime Minister's Office. Mohan, holding an MBA from TAPMI, is a mechanical engineer.

Navigating today's dynamic business landscape demands more than just relying on intuition, past performance, and conventional strategies. The rapid pace of technological advancements and unpredictable market shifts have made agility a prerequisite for the survival of a business. Traditional financial statements like balance sheets and income statements that provide historical, structured data are no longer adequate to get a complete picture of a business’ creditworthiness. Businesses also need to evaluate unstructured data from a variety of sources, including social media, to gauge the risk of counter-parties. Consequently, they must re-calibrate their approach to B2B Risk Management.

The Rise of B2B Risk Management Platforms
In contrast to the traditional, time-consuming, manual data collection and analysis processes, B2B risk management platforms automate much of the data collection, analysis, and risk-scoring process, allowing businesses to adapt rapidly to changing market conditions. These platforms offer a suite of integrated solutions designed to assess, monitor, and manage credit, supplier, and compliance risk across the B2B spectrum.

They leverage advanced data analytics, AI and ML to analyze vast amounts of data from diverse sources at incredible speed and provide a comprehensive view of a counter-party’s risk profile.

Businesses that deploy such platforms can make faster and more accurate risk assessments, react swiftly to the changing risk profiles of their counter-parties, and protect themselves from defaults, bad debts, and supply chain issues.

The Power of Data-driven Insights
An effective risk management platform must process and interpret vast amounts of data. By tapping into a wide range of structured and unstructured data sources, including identity data, financial statements, tax filings, statutory compliance documents, litigation records, and even employee and customer sentiment from social media, businesses gain valuable insights into the potential risks of their counter-parties. These insights are not one-off assessments but are dynamic, monitoring near real-time changes in counter-party risk.

For instance, while assessing a dealership application from an SME, the platform can analyze its past financial performance, benchmark it with peers, examine its litigation and compliance record, and review customer and employee feedback. Based on these factors, it can generate a Risk Score for the SME; if the score indicates high risk, the company may choose not to appoint it as a dealer.

Thus, data-driven risk management platforms help businesses to make more informed decisions and lower potential losses.

Real-time Monitoring and Alerts
Time is the essence in modern business, therefore, it is critical to detect changes in a counter-party's risk rapidly. Risk management platforms make this task easier by providing continuous monitoring and alerts that inform
businesses about changes in counter-party risk. To identify potential dangers, Early Warning Systems (EWS) monitor multiple external data sources (news, social media, statutory filings, credit bureau data, and so on) concerning counter-parties.

For instance, if a long-standing client of a company suddenly starts delaying its GST and Provident Fund filings and employees are complaining of delayed salary payments on social media, the platform immediately detects a higher level of credit risk associated with the client and alerts the company.
This dynamic approach to real-time monitoring ensures prompt identification and mitigation of risks.

By deploying Risk Management platforms, companies differentiate themselves by demonstrating a commitment to prudent risk management practices.

Customizable Risk Models
As every industry and its associated risk factors are unique, off-the-shelf risk models fail to capture nuances. Risk management platforms offer customizable risk models that businesses can tailor to their industries, counter-party type, and risk appetite, ensuring that the risk assessment process aligns with their specific needs and requirements.

Once the risk model is operational, it automatically assigns a risk score to all counter-parties, and credit limit recommendation models propose appropriate credit limits based on these scores. Any deviations from the suggested credit limits necessitate higher-level approvals, enhancing control, preventing the extension of credit to high-risk partners, and preventing errors or misconduct.

Fraud Detection and Prevention
The advent of data-science-driven technologies and fraud analytics tools is enabling quicker detection of fraudulent activities, leading to reduced losses and diminished risk exposure. Organizations worldwide have recognized the significance of these advancements and are proactively investing in such tools. In ACFE's 2022 Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report over 40 percent of the respondents said they have expedited their adoption of data analytics, and nearly 60 percent of the respondents expressed intention to increase their anti-fraud technology budgets, with a focus on advanced analytics, including AI, ML, and predictive modelling. As fraudsters continuously devise new methods to exploit vulnerabilities, financial institutions, banks, and non-bank entities are compelled to invest in data-backed intelligent systems to thwart them.

Staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving market can confer significant competitive advantages. By deploying Risk Management platforms, companies differentiate themselves by demonstrating a commitment to prudent risk management practices. This can be particularly appealing to banks, financial institutions, and investors that value stability and responsible business conduct. Moreover, a solid risk management strategy can enhance a company's reputation, attracting partners who may be more likely to engage in long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.

Risk management should be a cross-functional endeavor. Finance, procurement, sales, and risk management teams must collaborate closely to ensure a comprehensive and well-rounded risk assessment process. Risk management platforms facilitate this collaboration by providing a centralized platform where multiple stakeholders within the company can share and view data and contribute their expertise and insights. This helps the culture of risk management to permeate the entire organization, not only safeguarding against potential disruptions but also laying the foundation for sustainable growth and innovation. Therefore, embracing risk management platforms is not just an investment in risk management; it is an investment in building a future-ready and resilient business.