IT upgrade pays off for Jordanian bank

Sun implementation brings enhanced performance and reduced costs, claims Jordan Kuwait Bank.

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By  Michele Howe Published  August 2, 2007

Jordan Kuwait Bank (JKB) claims to have had improved performance and cut operational costs since upgrading its IT infrastructure with a server and operating solution from Sun Microsystems.

The Jordanian bank, which went live with the solution in January, said its performance had increased "five to eight fold" with the new system in comparison to its previous legacy mainframe system.

End of day processing had become a lot easier to deal with and system interoperability had also improved, Dr Nasser Khraishi, assistant general manager of JKB's IT department, told ITP.net.

"We have also witnessed a drastic reduction in operational expenditure costs for running our core applications," he added.

Sun Microsystems provided JKB with its Coolthreads servers based on the Sun Fire T2000 form factor and Sparc-based database server machines. The Amman-headquartered bank also migrated its core banking platform from mainframe to Sun Solaris platform and Oracle database.

The cost of the project, which was implemented by Specialized Technical Services, was an estimated US$350,000.

JKB is the third largest bank in Jordan by market cap with 40 branches throughout the country.

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