Infosys Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:INFY) today announced that National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia has selected FinacleTM suite of banking solutions for its delivery channels initiative. Infosys would be deploying FinacleTM eCorporate (its comprehensive web based Cash Management, Corporate e-banking and web based Trade Finance solution) and FinacleTM eChannels (its powerful Consumer e -banking solution). NCB is the 3 r d bank in Saudi Arabia to have opted for FinacleTM after Saudi Hollandi Bank and Saudi Investment Bank. Infosys has partnered with Microsoft in this first ever .NET based offering in the Middle East.
The National Commercial Bank (NCB), headquartered in Jeddah with regional offices in Riyadh and Al Khobar, was the first Saudi bank to be established in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is now the largest in the Arab world. NCB offers some of the most modern services in the banking world, all with an understanding of Saudi tradition. NCB serves customers all over the world with international branches and 600 correspondent banks.
For Infosys this win represents consolidation for its FinacleTM eCorporate Platform within 2 years of entering the market. What has distinguished Infosys is the rich and comprehensive functionality offered by its product suite in the areas of Online Corporate Banking with special emphasis on web based Cash Management and Trade Finance. This seems to have created a momentum in favour of FinacleTM in the market, leading Infosys to a strong position in the Saudi banking industry.
Mr. Hasan Al Jabri, Corporate Banking Group Country Head, The National Commercial Bank said, "We have embarked on an exciting and challenging journey in which we reinvented ourselves into a highly customer focused, and agile bank. Our sensitivity to the needs and requirements of our customers allow us to deliver unique, personalized and highly effective solutions and services that help them achieve their objectives. NCB has invested significantly in technology as a tool to transform its business". Mr. Taha Husseini, Head of Information Technology Division added, "NCB gains its competitive advantage by using technology to reach different segments of the market and by offering a multitude of products and services through emerging alternative and traditional delivery channels. Finacle eCorporate and Finacle eChannels from Infosys were the right tools to continue our initiatives. We can leverage all that they have to offer - state of the art solutions, global experience, domain expertise, viability and commitment- to succeed in our efforts."
"Infosys' FinacleTM suite of enterprise banking solutions seems to have emerged as the preferred solution for successful and forward-looking banks across the world. Our solutions are proven, robust, flexible and scalable, and are suited to help customers seize new opportunities. Combined with our proven rapid implementation capability, they offer our customers a unique value proposition based on low risk, time-to-market and business agility" said Mr. Merwin Fernandes, Vice President and Global Head - Sales and Marketing, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Ltd. He further added "Web based cash management is a key focus area for us and we are currently enhancing our Finacle TM eCorporate solution to handle cross border & Multi bank payment capabilities for the European market and intend to cove r the payment systems of leading European countries, US & Canada."
According to Mr. Mohammed Hussain Naseem, Business Development Manager -Middle East, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies, "NCB is a prestigious client for us and we are happy to be a part of their banking transformation initiative. With our Finacle eChannels and Finacle eCorporate products, we are optimistic that the bank will exceed the expectations of its online customers. Increasingly, Banks in Gulf and Levant region are demanding a whole range of online corporate banking functionalities, extensive cash management features on an online, real-time mode to meet the demands of the Corporates. We are optimistic that our partnership will go a long way to give NCB derived business benefits. This win has helped us further consolidate our market reach in this space in Saudi Arabia as well as the Gulf region as a whole ".
The National Commercial Bank (NCB) became a Joint Stock Company on July 1st, 1997. Since that groundbreaking event, NCB has concentrated on establishing the right organizational structure, capital adequacy and deployment, and management focus to ensure a high level performance, thereby enhancing shareholder value. Total Assets of the Bank were SR 110.7 billion at the end of first quarter of 2003 with customer deposits increasing by 11.5% to reach SR 88 billion. Arabian Business selected NCB for Best E-Banking Service Provider with the Saudi E-business Awards for 2002. With a network of 277 branches, NCB's Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) network now stands at over 730 machines, and the Bank has over 3900 Point of Sales (POS) Kingdom-wide. NCB has received accolades from both MasterCard International and Visa International for its performance during 1998.
About Infosys Technologies Ltd
Infosys, a world leader in consulting and information technology services, partners with Global 2000 companies to provide business consulting, systems integration, application development and product engineering services. Through these services, Infosys enables its clients to fully exploit technology for business transformation. Clients leverage Infosys' Global Delivery Model to achieve higher quality, rapid time-to -market and cost-effective solutions. Infosys has over 15,000 employees in over 30 offices worldwide. For more information, visit
Infosys' FinacleTM Suite of Enterprise Banking Solutions include-
FinacleTM eChannels- FinacleTM eChannels is a multi -lingual, component based, consumer e-banking solution addressing comprehensive retail banking functionality and EBPP. This solution enables banks to offer a consistent experience to their retail customers through e-channels such as the Internet and Mobile (both WAP &SMS). It gives banks the power to offer a comprehensive suite of services and administer them from a single point. Built on two leading, open industry standard platforms i.e.J2EE and .NET, FinacleTM eChannels leverages industry standard protocols and methodologies to seamlessly and easily interface with multiple back office systems. It enables banks to offer single point access to its multiple products, thus creating an integrated financial services offering for the bank's retail customers.
FinacleTM eCorporate- FinacleTM eCorporate is a powerful corporate e-banking solution, which enables banks to offer comprehensive corporate banking features covering Trade Finance, cash management, EIPP, B2B payments, etc. to their corporate customers. Built on two open industry standard platforms i.e.J2EE and .NET, it leverages industry standard protocols and methodologies to seamlessly interface with multiple back office systems. FinacleTM eCorporate enables banks to offer genuine valued added products and services to its corporate customers, who can access these products and services through multiple e-channels like the Internet, WAP and SMS.
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