New core banking solution delivers on promise of agility and lower TCO
Manila/Bangalore, July 07, 2005
Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:INFY), TIM Corporation (TIM) and Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced that Union Bank of the Philippines has gone live with Finacle core banking solution, making it the first bank in The Philippines to successfully replace its mainframe legacy with a new generation open systems based solution. Among the top ten banks in The Philippines, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) had entered into a strategic partnership with Infosys in July 2004, through its local partner TIM, to achieve greater business agility and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Finacle core banking solution, running on Sun infrastructure, has been successfully deployed in over 110 branches of the Bank across the country with over 700 users logging onto Finacle concurrently everyday. With this deployment, UnionBank now has a more robust and integrated front and back office system that will be able to deliver greater value to customer 24x7.
In a press conference to announce this achievement, Justo Ortiz, Chairman, UnionBank said "In Finacle, we believe we've found a cost-effective solution that scales up well as we push through our customer acquisition program. It is also one that empowers our people with the ability to rapidly deploy new products and services that this growing customer base demands. To do this, we needed a solution that would enhance our process efficiencies thereby giving us a competitive edge in the market, while reducing the total cost of ownership and I believe we've found that in Infosys' Finacle."
He further added," We adopted the "Big Bang" approach in this implementation and converted all our branches at the same time as we were confident in the bank's and our partners' abilities to manage such a big effort."
Speaking on this occasion, Merwin Fernandes, VP and Global Head-Sales & Marketing, Finacle, Infosys Technologies said, "The successful implementation at UnionBank has demonstrated that Finacle with its strengths of flexibility and scalability is best suited to power a bank's transformation. We are delighted that Finacle has delivered on the legacy replacement initiative of UnionBank to achieve competitive edge and lower total cost of ownership. This is a joint effort by the teams and I congratulate all members on this stupendous success."
"Sun Microsystems and Infosys have a long track record of working with banks to help them integrate their business infrastructures around more efficient, flexible environments that reduce total cost of ownership," said Cynthia R. Mamon, Sun Microsystems Philippines, Inc. President & Managing Director. "The Retail Banking Reference Architecture furthers our commitment to driving innovation and delivering concrete results for the banking industry."
TIM President Jose Mari Antunez said, "TIM continues its endeavor to be the most reliable technology banking partner in the Philippines, and we have proven this by architecting the best-fit solutions, packaged with implementation and support services, to come up with the exact requirements to meet UnionBank's business objectives. As we have done in the past, we are committed to helping UnionBank in making banking services highly available to its customers. We are proud to bring along Infosys and Sun to the table to address UnionBank's requirements, thereby bringing about a successful partnership."
Finacle, the universal banking solution from Infosys, empowers banks to transform their business leveraging agile, new generation technologies. The solution addresses the core banking, e-banking, treasury, wealth management, CRM, and cash management requirements of universal, retail, corporate, community and private 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
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UnionBank stands out for its strategy, execution and performance. While many banks went for size and market share through large balance sheets, UnionBank has followed a highly focused differentiation strategy that emphasizes innovation and service with a clear technological bias. It has championed e-commerce in the Philippines and achieved success in B2B and B2G, creating electronic communities for multinational and domestic corporations and key government institutions. In 2004, the bank achieved a breakthrough in B2C through its eCard for 1.4 million members of the Government Service Insurance System.
The bank is well capitalized and has a reputation as a tech-savvy and well managed bank. Among domestic universal banks, it is ranked number 1 in return on assets, number 1 in cost/income ratio, number 1 in capital adequacy ratio, number 2 in return on equity and number 4 in absolute profit. Its cost/income ratio has steadily declined to 45% in 2004 from 51% in 2003 and 56% in 2002, making it one of the lowest cost producers in the industry.
The bank's strengths are in corporate cash management, B2B2C and internet banking, Treasury/capital markets, consumer finance and access channels. Customers transact and access information through multiple channels: 111 branches nationwide, 94 own ATMs, additional 5,165 ATMs through Megalink, a call center, and internet bank www.unionbankph.com.
The bank is continually cited as among the best banks in Asia or the Philippines by international financial publications The Asian Banker Journal, Euromoney and Asiamoney.
UnionBank's common stock is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol UBP.
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TIM is one of the leading IT companies serving the information management needs of some of the largest financial, insurance, and telecommunications companies in the country. It is 100 percent Filipino-owned and has made its mark in the industry by providing high-impact solutions in the field of business continuity, solutions integration, managed network and, hardware maintenance.
As early as 1985, TIM has consistently supported the technology advancement of the banking industry. Its multi-platform approach in IT services and solutions provisioning has enabled the company to evolve into one of the most reliable Filipino IT companies in a field dominated by multinationals.
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