Infosys announced a strategic technology partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Plc, (FBN), the largest bank in West Africa
Bangalore, January 24, 2002: Infosys, the global IT consulting, software services and products powerhouse from India announced a strategic technology partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Plc, (FBN), the largest bank in West Africa, to deploy Infosys Enterprise Banking e - Platform suite of solutions comprising Finacle - the new generation core banking solution, BankAway - the powerful and comprehensive internet banking solution and BancsConnect - the financial Middleware.
Incorporated in 1894, First Bank of Nigeria Plc is the largest bank in operation in Nigeria as well as West Africa as a whole. The bank has embarked on an all - encompassing technology driven Enterprise Business Transformation to take on the challenges and seize the opportunities of the emerging new age banking and reinvent itself in the process. The bank envisages that, the deployment of a new generation enterprise banking platform is a critical and central component of this strategic initiative. FBN chose Finacle after a thorough and structured evaluation based on a global tender anchored by Accenture. FBN will be replacing the existing application Bankmaster from Kindle Systems, U. K. with Finacle.
"We at FBN have embarked on an exciting and challenging journey; a journey in which we intend to reinvent ourselves into a highly customer focused, agile, profitable and completely new look bank ready for the e - age. Our objective here is two fold - retain and strengthen our competitive leadership and scale new heights. We are aware of the centrality of the technology - both the platform and the strategic partner - in this endeavour. After a rigorous evaluation, we zeroed in on Infosys Enterprise Banking e - Platform, which we are convinced provides our bank an e - age technology platform to power our journey into new horizons. We have no doubts that Infosys with its global experience and expertise, viability and commitment has the mettle to be our strategic partner in this endeavour. ", said Mr. Bernard O. Longe, Chief Executive/Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria.
"Partnering with FBN, the largest bank in this region, by being a part of their strategic initiatives is our privilege. Today in several markets that we operate, the Infosys Enterprise Banking e - Platform has emerged as the platform of choice for successful and forward - looking banks. The key to our rapid success, has been the unique value proposition we offer to our customers; a proposition that enables our customers to embark on core change with low risk and high returns. This has been made possible through solutions which on the one hand are highly proven, robust, and scalable while on the other hand, are ideally suited to seize the e - age opportunities through powerful capabilities such as STP, true 24*7 operations, extensibility and flexibility. These powerful product capabilities combined with our proven rapid implementation capability have given us significant competitive leadership in this space. Our win at FBN is once again an endorsement of this fact.", said Mr. Merwin Fernandes, Associate V. P. & Head - Global Sales and Marketing, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Limited.
According to Dr. Evans Woherem, Executive Director IT and Electronic Banking, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, "Building a world class information technology infrastructure was the most critical link for the bank to succeed in all its on - going initiatives. For a large bank like FBN, what mattered most was not just a technologically superior and functionally rich solution, but a product, which could scale - up and be the vehicle of growth to meet the emerging global challenges in the financial arena. We believe Infosys Enterprise Banking e - Platform suite of solutions not only offers all that we were looking forward to, but also the critical time - to - market advantage that is so important to us. We are convinced that with Infosys as our strategic partner and their state of the art solutions, we will succeed in our efforts to achieve and retain competitive differentiation, while offering tremendous value to our customers."
In his statement, Mr. Amit Dua, Business Development Manager, West and North Africa, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Limited said, "With the FBN win, we are rapidly moving into a position of market leadership in Africa. Inspite of entering the African market late, Infosys has been able to achieve this, within a short period of less than 18 months, by offering the banks in Nigeria, a distinctly superior value proposition. I am certain that the key differentiators of our solution suite, a strong commitment towards the African market, along with strong alliances for surround implementation services, would now make Infosys Enterprise Banking e - Platform the preferred solution for banks throughout Africa."
Infosys has partnered with Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) in Nigeria from the time they have entered the Nigerian market. CWG is a dynamic and renowned I. T. solutions company. From the day of inception, CWG has focussed on delivering quality I. T. services to customers and have aligned with global software players to bring value to their localised practices in the I. T. arena. Currently, as an emerging I. T. giant in Nigeria, CWG is focussed on providing world class System Integration services across multiple segments. CWG and Infosys have worked together in sales and support of banking solutions for a multitude of banks in Nigeria.