Oman Arab Bank upgrades with IBM
OAB selects IBM solutions to provide platform for core banking
Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has upgraded its banking systems, to improve responsiveness to customers, and to enable greater business agility.
The bank, which has branches in the Sultanate, Egypt and the UAE, has rolled out new IBM server and storage virtualisation products, and IBM Websphere software.
The upgrade provides the bank with a virtualised environment and an open standards approach, for greater flexibility of systems. OAB has deployed IBM Power Systems and IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller as to create the platform for core banking.
The bank has also improved its business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.
IBM local partner Gulf Business Machines was closely involved with the project.
“Highly advanced technology is a critical enabler in the banking industry, essential for competitive advantage and helping to drive differentiation, speed to market, and ability to capitalize on new opportunities,” stated Amr Refaat, IBM general manager for Middle East and Pakistan. “IBM and GBM are working closely with OAB to help the bank reduce costs, increase return on investment and optimize business processes.”
“Our approach has meant that we can provision new computing capacity on demand using IBM servers, blade center and storage, within minutes as opposed to hours and/or days,” commented Hassan Abdul Ali Mohammed, deputy general manager- Information Technology Head, OAB. “Speed to market is crucial to gaining competitive advantage and this, together with the strong integration capability provided by IBM and GBM, allows us to launch new applications and associated customer services quickly.”
“Throughout our ongoing relationship with OAB, we aim to ensure their IT infrastructure is up-to-date with the latest IBM technologies. The solutions implemented are aimed at providing a stable, reliable and well-suited platform to cater to the bank’s specific requirements,” said Oliver Mouries, country general manager of GBM Oman.