Finacle scales new heights

Breaks the 15 M per hour barrier in core banking transaction processing

Mumbai, September 11, 2003

Infosys' Banking Business Unit today announced that Finacle has emerged as the world's most scalable open systems based core-banking solution. In the recently concluded rigorous benchmarking exercise on HP Superdome server at the HP Capacity Planning Centre in Atlanta, USA, Finacle broke all hitherto published benchmark results for core banking transaction processing, churning out more than 16 million transactions per hour in an online mode and more than 13 million interest accrual transactions per hour in the batch mode. Both the process and the results have been audited by Ernst & Young. During the benchmarking process using HP technology, Finacle demonstrated its ability to seamlessly scale up linearly to exploit all the processing power at its disposal. The results achieved are the best and highest in the industry based on publicly available data.

Mr. Girish G. Vaidya, Sr. Vice President and Head, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Ltd said, "Realizing the importance of scalability for a world class core banking solution , we focused our energies on this and had a dedicated team of our top architects working on it. The result - we have now delivered a core-banking product that is setting new industry standards for scalability. The scalability strength of Finacle is also demonstrated by the fact that it's one of the few open systems based core banking application globally that can actually boast of LIVE sites with volumes going up to a peak of over 6M transactions a day, 5,000+ users, 8M+ customers and 12M+ accounts. We at Infosys have always prided ourselves on being the first in many areas - world's 1st web enabled core banking, 1st CoBIT compliant core banking, one of the first J2EE / .NET based e-banking solutions, etc. Finacle breaking the 15 million transactions per hour barrier in core banking transaction processing is another first from us."

Mr. Merwin Fernandes, Vice President and Head, Sales and Marketing, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Ltd said "I am delighted to see that we have achieved what we set out to do - significantly raise the performance threshold for our competition yet again - this time on scalability front. Today most banks world over, especially in the mature western financial markets, are saddled with antiquated legacy systems that hamper their ability to respond to the challenges of new age banking i.e. need for greater agility, efficiency and reduced costs. But as banks embark on legacy core replacement, scalability is one of their key areas of concern. Factors like increased M&A, globalization, universal banking, proliferation of delivery channels, etc., also call for seamless scalability to handle growing volumes. As we increasingly focus on larger banks and markets like Europe, North America, China & Pacific characterized largely by banks running on legacy platforms, the fact that the results we have achieved here are far beyond the scalability required by some of the largest banks in the world, provides us a clear competitive advantage. When this scalability is coupled with our new generation architecture, flexibility, rich functionality and most importantly an hitherto unblemished implementation track record, it provides banks a low risk and low TCO value proposition that is unmatched in the industry."

Gary Duursma, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Financial Services Industry Business, Hewlett- Packard Asia Pacific said "Across the world, many institutions have been challenged to meet both evolving business demands and stricter regulatory requirements, using inflexible and expensive first and second generation banking solutions. However the status quo remained, as they have looked for proof of scalability for new generation banking solutions. The benchmark again provides resounding evidence that a truly adaptive, customer centric, new generation banking solution, is able to meet the performance requirements of the world's largest banks."

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