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Arab Financial Services to deploy IBM Mainframe Solution

Sunday January 15 , 2012

Arab Financial Services (AFS), the leading electronic payment service provider in MENA, has selected Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the region’s leading IT solutions and service provider, to install the latest IBM’s Mainframe z114. The deployment of the IBM zEnterprise System Mainframe will be managed by GBM’s division in Bahrain, Bahrain Business Machines (BBM). The deal also marks the first deployment of IBM Mainframe model z114in Bahrain and across the GCC.

IBM’s Mainframe z114 will provide AFS, with a unique system platform for integrating and centrally managing the company’s IT resources. The IBM system forms part of AFS Application Infrastructure upgrade project, presenting a cost-efficient method of integrating applications that will simultaneously improve customer service. The platform will enable AFS to enhance electronic payments, records management and customer service processes, enabling higher processing speed and quicker response time.

“AFS has been at the forefront of bringing leading-edge services to the payment card industry for over 25 years. We have maintained our leadership position by continuously improving and upgrading our services. AFS has committed significant investments in up-gradations this year. Our decision to invest in the IBM Mainframe z114 was driven by our desire to boost service efficiencies to our partner Banks” said B. Chandrasekhar, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Financial Services. “As part of the process we turned to Gulf Business Machines, with its extensive track record in deploying server consolidation solutions around the region.”

The ability to create a centrally managed system will allow AFS to get a single, integrated view of all business processes. The IBM’s Mainframe z114 embraces multiple technology platforms to maximize efficiency, and transform IT infrastructure. It also enables AFS to create and deploy new packaged applications quickly, enriching business flows and encouraging business growth. In terms of flexibility, AFS will have the freedom to choose the right capacity setting to fit its current business needs, while offering the flexibility to scale on demand as the company’s workload demands increase.

“We are proud to be working closely with the Arab Financial Services to provide flexible, cost-effective solutions using the latest technologies from IBM. It is an honor to present IBM Mainframe z114 for Arab Financial Services as the first deployment in the financial services sector in the GCC.” said Abdulla Ishaq, Country General Manager, BBM. “As always, we are committed to offering the best cutting-edge solutions to our customers that will ultimately meet their needs. This also includes offering them access to a world class expertise and counsel before, during and after the implementation of the project.”