First State Computing has taken what it claims is another step to being the preferred IT provider to credit unions in Australia, winning a network infrastructure contract at Reliance Credit Union.
The contract is for the installation and five-year network management and support of a PC-based Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure at Reliance's new Bathurst head office.
Rick Greengrass, managing director of First State Computing, said: "We have identified Australia's 250 credit unions as a strategic market and have dedicated a team to support this important area. The Reliance Credit Union win follows our work with Adelaide-based Australian Central Credit Union," he said.
That multimillion dollar contract was for the five-year host management and support of Fiserv's ICBS AS/400-based core banking system.
Reliance has previously run a network of terminals off a central mainframe. The move to a PC-based LAN is in preparation for Reliance's intended migration of its core computer banking system, FCD to the ICSB system. To enable this, LANs will eventually be installed in each of Reliance's 10 branch offices.
John May, general manager of Reliance, said: "The LAN will be a positive change for us. The network will provide greater manageability by allowing us to keep policies, procedures and manuals on the desktop.
"The ability to run PC applications means that we have greater flexibility in the type of business software that we run -- from Word to Excel. Both internal and external communications will benefit from the ability to run electronic mail across the LAN and Internet May said.