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Understanding ISO 8583 and ISO 20022: Evolution and Application in Financial Messaging

by NuWave Technologies Inc.


NuWave Technologies acknowledges the significance of ISO 8583 and ISO 20022 in financial messaging standards, with ISO 8583 historically serving card-based transactions and ISO 20022 emerging as a comprehensive framework for various financial activities. The article explores their evolution, features, and applications, emphasizing their importance in modern financial ecosystems.

ISO 8583: The Foundation of Card-Based Transactions:

ISO 8583, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), defines the format and structure of messages in electronic financial transactions. It is crucial for card-based transactions like credit card payments and ATM withdrawals, facilitating secure communication across the payments ecosystem.

NuWave transaction process

ISO 20022: The Next Generation of Financial Messaging:

ISO 20022, a newer standard, provides a comprehensive framework for financial messaging across different business domains. It supports a wide range of financial activities, including payments, securities, trade finance, and foreign exchange, with features like a rich data model and clear semantics driving its widespread adoption.

ISO 20022


Comparison and Integration:

ISO 8583 and ISO 20022 serve distinct purposes but are not mutually exclusive, often used together to meet diverse requirements in modern financial ecosystems. ISO 8583 excels in card-based transactions, while ISO 20022 supports complex financial activities like securities settlement and regulatory reporting. NuWave Technologies facilitates interoperability between these standards, particularly within OLTP environments, enabling organizations to leverage their strengths while maintaining compatibility with legacy systems.

ISO 8583 and ISO 20022 comparison

HPE NonStop Support and Impact:

NonStop platforms, including LightWave Server™ and LightWave Client™, support various messaging and communications within OLTP environments. They enable the integration of new technologies like ISO 20022 alongside ISO 8583, facilitating a more REST-aware business model and enhancing communication efficiency within enterprises.


ISO 8583 and ISO 20022 are essential for secure, efficient, and interoperable financial communication. While ISO 8583 remains foundational for card-based transactions, ISO 20022 drives standardization across a broader range of financial activities. NuWave Technologies empowers enterprises to navigate the complexities of modern financial messaging, improve efficiency, and contribute to sustainability efforts through innovative solutions and exceptional support.

About NuWave:

At NuWave Technologies, our mission is to develop innovative, intuitive enterprise solutions and provide exceptional support, all while making a positive impact. Renowned for our leadership in HPE NonStop integration, our solutions empower mission-critical systems to seamlessly integrate with enterprises, enhancing the world’s most valuable data.

Our clientele, which includes numerous Fortune 500 and Global 2000 businesses, chooses NuWave for our unparalleled ability to modernize legacy applications with intuitive and high-performing products. Through our solutions, we vastly improve business performance and efficiency.

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