Nadra Bank, Ukraine Partners With Finacle From Infosys For Technology Driven Business Transformation
Implementation premised on the new Finacle Bank-in-a-Box approach
Bangalore-Kiev, September 10th, 2007: Infosys Technologies and Nadra Bank, one of Ukraine’s Top-10 financial institutions, announce that Nadra Bank has selected Finacle Universal Banking Solution from Infosys to power the bank’s transformation initiative. The implementation will be based on the Finacle Bank-in-a-Box approach to leverage global best practices and time-to-market advantage.
Finacle’s solution encompasses core banking, CRM, treasury and e-banking and will replace the bank’s current in-house decentralized system. This will play a pivotal role in helping the bank streamline operational efficiencies, upgrade customer service, and adopt banking best practices, to position itself as the bank-of-choice in Ukraine for customers, employees and investors.
During 2006 the bank completed a new IT Strategy, which aimed at realigning Nadra Bank’s high business growth with its IT capabilities. As a strategic premise, Nadra Bank decided to switch from in-house development to procuring a first-class international banking solution. The selection process focused on client-centricity, service-oriented architecture, implementation lead-time and integration across the banking services. Full real-time capabilities, 24*7*365 operation, as well as time-to-market for business related changes was seen as critical to Nadra Bank’s ability to serve its increasingly demanding market.
In the words of Mr. Igor Gilenko, Chairman of the Board and President, Nadra Bank, “Nadra Bank is on a strategic journey. Our current changes concentrate on multiple aspects of the bank such as branding and positioning, corporate culture and customer service. Our business processes and the underlying technology are essential drivers for these changes. We want to absorb best-in-class processes and banking practices to help us compete aggressively with players in the international banking arena. We are convinced that in Finacle we have found a solution functionally and technically superior to that of competition. From the start of our discussions, we are convinced about our joint ability to field a professional and enthusiastic team, with players from both Infosys and Nadra Bank. This joint team is very committed to help Nadra Bank achieve its transformation goals. The Finacle Bank-in-a-Box implementation approach is another decisive influence driving our decision to partner with Finacle.”
Finacle Bank-in-a-Box framework is a new implementation paradigm that allows a bank to go live on Finacle in a very short span of time. Its pre-configured parameter set covers all aspects of setting up the banking enterprise starting from static data (country, city, currency, rate code, bank codes, branch codes etc.) to standard products (savings, checking, time deposits, overdrafts, personal loans, car loans, home loans etc.) and also includes security and control standards, general ledger setup and chart of accounts. Banks can, however, make modifications and extensions to the same as per their specific requirements without compromising the intrinsic flexibility of the system.
Commenting on the win, Sanat Rao, VP and Head –Worldwide Sales- Finacle, Infosys Technologies, said – “This win is of strategic importance to us. With an already established and fast growing client base for Finacle in Russia and CIS, the region is strategic to our growth plans. We are delighted to partner with Nadra Bank as it gears itself for success on the international plane. We want to ensure that this transformation is a role model for other banks in the region and beyond.
Finacle customer base spans across 55 countries and was recently recognized by top analysts including Gartner, Forrester and Celent. Finacle earned the top slot in the Forrester Wave* on Retail Banking Platforms and was also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking**.
*Source: “The Forrester Wave: Retail Banking Platforms, Q4 2006”, Forrester Research, Inc., November 2006
**Source: Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking, 2006” Don Free, 25 January 2007
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 25 January 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
About Nadra Bank
Nadra Bank is among the Top-10 Ukrainian banks and one of the market leaders in Ukrainian banking, serving diverse client segments across Ukraine. In 2006, Nadra Bank started its re-branding program. Focussing on clients and their requirements is the most important aspect of this new business model of the bank. The bank’s values are reflected in its Logo, the stylized red flower located above the green background symbolizing active growth, prosperity, openness, availability for each client, life strength and youth.
Nadra Bank is one of the market leaders in creating packaged products. These are aimed at convenience and real cost savings for clients. Nadra Bank is also in the Top 3 position for issuance of Visa and MasterCard. The bank services its large client base from over 630 branches in different
Ukrainian regions, with over 800 ATMs, about 5,800 multifunctional S-terminals and its state-of-the-art contact centre.
In 2007 Moody’s awarded Nadra Bank a rating at the level of “B2” with a strong positive forecast. Fitch awarded long-term rating “B-” and short -term “B”, individual rating “D/E” and support rating 5.
Nadra Bank employs about 8,000 highly-qualified specialists; every day the bank works to become better and better, in order to meet its clients’ expectations. For more information, visit http://www.nadra.com.ua/eng .
About Finacle Universal Banking Solution
Finacle, the universal banking solution from Infosys, empowers banks to transform their business leveraging technology. The solution addresses the core banking, e-banking, treasury, and wealth management and CRM requirements of retail, corporate and universal banks worldwide. Finacle has been architected out of years of experience with global banks and offers several powerful and differentiating features making it one of the most comprehensive, flexible and scalable solutions in its class. For more information, visit www.infosys.com/finacle
About Infosys Technologies Ltd
Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY) defines, designs and delivers IT-enabled business solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a flat world. These solutions focus on providing strategic differentiation and operational superiority to clients. With Infosys, clients are assured of a transparent business partner, world-class processes, speed of execution and the power to stretch their IT budget by leveraging the Global Delivery Model that Infosys pioneered. Infosys has over 80,000 employees and operates globally from 21 countries. Infosys is part of the NASDAQ-100 Index. For more information, visit www.infosys.com
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