Banking on the penguin

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) after having successfully migrated to Linux with its technology partners — Bilogic Systems and Tech Access are showcasing the deployment issues and benefits through a ‘Linux Everywhere’ awareness campaign.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  January 28, 2004

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) after having successfully migrated to Linux, with its technology partner, Bilogic Systems and Tech Access are showcasing the deployment issues and benefits through a ‘Linux Everywhere’ awareness campaign. The 36-year old bank with an international network of more than 30 branches, now uses the system across its worldwide operations in a complex multi-regulatory environment, supported by Sun Microsystems technology. In its planned user group meetings it expects with IT and business managers and other potential Linux users. “Deploying a Linux-based operating system has delivered wide-ranging operational and financial benefits to HBZ. We have reduced costs, by cutting out license fees, and we are able to expand our system exponentially upon Linux. The system’s fully integrated security features penetrate all tiers of our operations, while its authentication procedure allows appropriate values to be attributed to different transactions,” says Reza S. Habib, joint president, Habib Bank AG Zurich. While technically Linux has won market and vendor confidence, from an enterprise point of view, Linux is still struggling with support, training, and consumer awareness issues with minimal usage on the desktop side — largely dominated by Microsoft Windows and by Unix systems historically on the server side. However since 2003, most vendors including IBM, Novell, Sun Microsystems and HP are rolling out Linux solutions for the desktop and enterprise segments with stronger support through channel partners. “The aim of the event is to present the advantages of Linux as experienced by a well-established local and international business, and to create a dialogue around the operating system that will enable companies to assess its potential value. It is an opportunity for IT decision-makers in industry to learn about the system from a trusted source and exchange experience with their peers,” says Quentin Cornelius, chief operating officer, Tech Access. HBZ and its technology partners plan to highlight the Linux solutions at Tech Access Solutions Center in Dubai Internet City, which currently hosts a number of Linux pilot projects for regional customers. With concern mounting over security, IT costs, viruses and general reliability issues, the open source operating system is increasingly being considered as an alternative to Windows and Unix operating systems.

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