KBC Group uses IBM z13 to transform banking experience

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Belgium-based international financial group KBC is using the IBM z13 mainframe and IBM‘s software framework to transform banking experience.

The bank said consumers are demanding more from their banks and insurers and expect a personalized service that enables them to do business anytime and anywhere.

The z13  has the capacity to process 2.5 billion transactions per day. IBM said the solution is designed keeping in mind the dynamic growth in transactions driven by increasingly mobile clients and employees.

“For banks to remain competitive becoming more agile and improving the customer experience are two main priorities,” said Bart Windal, vice-president, Software Group IBM Benelux.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the enterprise IT vendor has signed a $700 million deal with Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways for a range of security and technology, infrastructure services.

The 10-year agreement covers Etihad and its partner firms across Europe and Asia. Etihad Airways partner airlines include Alitalia, airberlin, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways carried 14.8 million passengers in 2014, and serves 113 passenger and cargo destinations.

Also on Tuesday, the company opened its first public cloud data center in India. Located in Chennai, the new IBM Cloud data center offers increased performance and speed for data traveling to and from the region.

IBM said the Chennai data center is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint into every major financial market.

Recently, Microsoft announced its cloud data centers in Maharashtra and Chennai.

The Chennai data center joins IBM’s Mumbai cloud center and is part of an expansive network of data centers that blanket the globe, providing users with the performance and disaster recovery solutions needed to ensure business continuity.

Meanwhile, IBM is launching two initiatives for developers — developerWorks Premium and a cloud certification program — to enable developers with the right tools and skills to compete and innovate in the global marketplace.

Arya MM

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