IBM® Message Entry and Routing with Interfaces to Various Applications (MERVA) is an extension to IBM WebSphere® Business Integration for Financial Networks. It provides access to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Internet Protocol Network (known as SIPN) for additional services using a scalable financial messaging infrastructure. IBM MERVA is a financial message processor that handles message formatting, queuing and routing for more detailed, expansive financial operations that support mission-critical applications.
- SWIFT message handling for extended financial message processing.
- Efficient message queuing and routing for improved financial processing.
- Robust messaging infrastructure to support mission-critical financial operations.
- Flexible message formatting and flows to support a range of financial operations.
- MERVA ESA components to support message processing and communication in different environments.
SWIFT message handling
- Provides routing, message processing and checking for SWIFT messages and allows data formats for other network connections to be added.
- Creates, validates and processes SWIFT FIN messages.
- Creates a service bureau for various SWIFT users.
- Works with a scalable SWIFT FIN message processor.
- Supports various SWIFT FIN message types, from SWIFT 1 back-level formats to annual SWIFT changes, including International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15022 formats.
Efficient message queuing and routing
- Stores messages in logical queues in a virtual storage access method (VSAM) relative record data set (RRDS) and key-sequenced data set (KSDS), or in IBM DB2® relational database tables.
- Routes messages from one queue to another queue based on predefined routing conditions.
- Enables queues on the same or remote MERVA systems, so users can establish a cross-system or cross-country messaging infrastructure.
- Allows an unlimited number of queues for a specific implementation.
- Supports flexible routing and queuing definitions and conditional or unconditional routing.
Robust messaging infrastructure
- Connects to the SWIFT network through an application programming interface (API) to the Telex network and to other MERVA systems.
- Interconnects branches within an enterprise.
- Enables set up and operation of a Real-Time-Gross Settlement Network.
- Synchronizes remote multi-purpose applications.
- Enables user applications to access MERVA services through the API and sequential batch interfaces.
Flexible message formatting and flows
- Allows users to adapt MERVA to different message types used by external networks to keep existing applications independent of external message types, which often change.
- Provides audit logging, archiving, printing, security and monitoring capabilities to better manage the control and flow of messages.
MERVA ESA components
- The MERVA Message Processing Client provides message checking and administration on local and remote personal computers in a Microsoft Windows environment. It allows you to create, verify, edit and authorize SWIFT messages.
- The MERVA Automatic Message Import/Export Facility enables the export of MERVA messages of different types to message files of different formats and to import message files of different formats to MERVA messages of different types. This feature runs in a Microsoft Windows environment.
- The MERVA ESA Traffic Reconciliation component, which is compatible with IBM z/OS®, runs on the same system as MERVA ESA. It enables users to create daily lists of SWIFT traffic activity; process online customer inquiries on messages sent; use a standard tool for message post-processing; track activities executed on a message; monitor message exchanges; and generate reports on message traffic to a specific correspondent.