APSU, leader in the delivery of global IBM Power services, has been chosen to upgrade the iSeries system for Arab National Bank. APSU provided installation, configuration and project management for the implementation, facilitating an upgrade to IBM’s V6R1.
Arab National Bank approached APSU because it had a 15 year old iSeries system that was starting to creak at the seams and had become expensive to support and maintain. To make matters worse, the bank was forced to pay the vendor which provided the core banking application a premium to be on an old version.
APSU provided rental of an LTo1 tape drive and adaptor for the bank’s current AS/400 620 system to allow data migration to the new environment. The new iSeries is now on premise and migration has been completed from the old legacy system to the new.
James Hayward, Head of IT for Arab National Bank, said: “The system is now live and delivering an improved operational service for Arab National Bank.”
Steve Morris, chairman and CEO of APSU, said:
“APSU is delighted to have been chosen by the Arab National Bank for this interesting project. We hope to help the company make significant cost and efficiency savings through migration to the new system.”
IBM Power Systems are the latest in IBM’s midrange offering, converging the successful AIX Unix platform (formerly pSeries, RS/6000) with IBM’s own i platform (formerly System i, iSeries, AS/400). The latest generation of Power7+ servers represent the most powerful and scalable midrange servers that IBM has ever made, forming a strong value proposition for any midrange business.
Arab National Bank (ANB) was established in 1979, by Royal Decree M/38, taking over the existing operations of Arab Bank in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ANB, a Saudi Listed Joint Stock Company, is headquartered in the capital city of Riyadh, supported by Regional Offices in Jeddah and Khobar, and a branch in London.
APSU has over 20 years of designing innovative solutions around Power Systems and is one of the highest accredited partners in Europe.