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B+S Banksysteme wanted to lower operating costs, simplify software deployment and reach new clients with a future-proof development and operations model.
At a time when even in the banking sector IT expenditures are shifting away from local infrastructure towards outsourced private cloud solutions, B+S Banksysteme wanted to ensure it could convince new customers with attractive cloud hosting services. To strengthen its position in this business area, the company aimed to keep reducing its hosting costs.
Banks must comply with strict regulations that also apply to their IT systems. B+S Banksysteme wanted to streamline its sales proposition and simplify procurement, deployment and support processes for its customers. The company needed a future-proof operations model with a single point of contact to successfully reach out to new prospects.
B+S Banksysteme AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is a listed software company and service provider to the financial services industry. With around 70 employees, this independent software vendor is a specialist in transaction, treasury and trading systems, offering a wide range of products and services to its customers. B+S Banksysteme achieves annual revenues of EUR 7.8 million.
Following the trend away from mainframes towards more flexible, distributed architectures, B+S Banksysteme sought to make its standard software solutions future-proof and easier to deploy on different platforms.
The company selected Micro Focus Enterprise Server and Micro Focus Enterprise Developer to offer customers more choice, streamline installation and operations processes, reduce licensing complexity and lower overall costs. Paul Spatzenegger, Team Lead Development Treasury and Trading System at B+S Banksysteme AG, explained: “We wanted to provide our software in a simple, platform independent package that would enable deployment on mainframe systems and other platforms from one central code base. This is exactly what Micro Focus Enterprise Server enabled us to do.”
Micro Focus Enterprise Server gives B+S Banksysteme an environment for rehosting mainframe applications and integrating them with open technologies. It supports deployment of mainframe applications to Linux on multiple architectures, Windows, UNIX, and the Cloud.
Thanks to its Micro Focus partner status, B+S Banksysteme can offer comprehensive, well priced licensing contracts for its software products comprising all components needed for a smooth deployment.
Oswald Klackl, Senior Software Architect at B+S Banksysteme AG, added: “As a Micro Focus partner, we are in close contact with product development teams. This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the product, provide feedback and to continuously improve the product—which helps Micro Focus, us and our customers.”
One result from this collaboration is the capability to flexibly integrate B+S Banksysteme applications with other systems supporting service-oriented architectures. Paul Spatzenegger elaborated:
Paul Spatzenegger – TEAM LEAD DEVELOPMENT TREASURY AND TRADING SYSTEM
B+S Banksysteme AG
Thanks to Micro Focus Enterprise Server, B+S Banksysteme AG has cut the time needed to roll out updates from two weeks to two days. Paul Spatzenegger said: “By using automated deployment based on Micro Focus Enterprise Server, customers can take advantage of new features much faster than before. Updates can be installed without requiring deep technical knowledge or external support.”
The packaged solution also reduces complexity in sales and procurement. This delivery approach helps reduce IT risk and improves compliance with a clear, certified track record of the code being rolled out.
Equally, the introduction of a single point of contact minimizes friction throughout the entire lifecycle, accelerating the resolution of issues. Customers always exactly know who to ask if they have any questions or want to make adjustments.
Micro Focus Enterprise Server is a cost-efficient and scalable application platform. Oswald Klackl said: “Being able to increase capacity with a clear, simple licensing policy helps to manage and forecast operating costs and gives us the flexibility to react quickly when necessary.”
Peter Bauch – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
B+S Banksysteme AG