Wang Global has landed one of the largest banking integration contracts of the year, winning a lucrative $10 million deal at Victoria-based Bendigo Bank.
As part of the deal, Wang Global will supply and implement software, PC hardware and networking infrastructure for the bank's Community Banking Program. Ongoing maintenance services will also be provided.
Wang Global was one of three organisations shortlisted following an extensive tender process conducted by Bendigo Bank.
It was chosen ahead of SNI and Unisys because of its ability to fulfil a number of key criteria including the provision and customisation of a Windows-based banking software package, technical expertise and training support, according to Chris Casey of Wang Global.
Bendigo Bank had specified the application for its Community Banking Program was to be Windows-based to make it easier for end users to operate.
However, the Mosaic OA banking solution provided by Wang Global runs on Windows NT, which the bank did not previously have.
So as part of its rollout across Bendigo Bank's 75 branches, Wang Global is also installing Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Windows NT 4.0 server.
Casey describes Mosaic as providing a comprehensive range of financial service applications, from simple passbook receipts to complex transactions.
According to Scott Elkington, Bendigo Bank's manager of special projects, the ease of use of the Mosaic OA software was key.
"We want to hire 'people people' to work with the public, not technical people," he said. "If you're not a banker but you know Windows you will be doing transactions in 15 minutes."
This is the latest stage in the relationship between the two companies which was initiated in 1996 when Wang Global was contracted to upgrade Bendigo Bank's branch IT systems.
Wang has also been contracted to provide the encapsulated SNA infrastructure, PCs and specialist peripherals required to run the new network.