Who is this for?

  • Banks and banking associations that are adopting SBR, such as SBR Nexus;
  • Chambers of Commerce that want to request standardised reports from businesses;
  • Government authorities that want to request standardised reports from other public authorities or from businesses;
  • All other parties who request (business) information and want to receive and process this information in a standardised way.

What are the benefits?

  • Standardisation
  • Structured data
  • Increased comparability between reports
  • Re-usability: an element defined in a given taxonomy can re-used in reports for other requesting parties
  • Validated data: information is checked against the taxonomy, which contains mandatory elements and checks whether relationships are accurate.

Why Visma Connect?

Visma Connect is a leader in the implementation of Standard Business Reporting. We have developed taxonomies for the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, which now uses over 10,000 predefined elements to streamline (financial) business reporting in the Netherlands. We have also developed a taxonomy for the State of Florida, the first state in the U.S. to require reports in machine-readable XBRL format.

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