Allied Irish Bank Deploys Softek for Quality of Service Software

4/16/2003 - SoftekTM, a leading provider of storage management software, announced that Allied Irish Bank (AIB) has successfully deployed SoftekTM EnView, Softek’s quality of service (QoS) software to help guarantee consistently high availability, responsiveness and performance for customers using its Internet banking services in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

AIB selected Softek EnView because of the unique way it measures availability, responsiveness and performance of applications in real-time and from an end-user perspective. This allows AIB’s information services team to experience application service levels exactly as its business and retail banking customers do.

“AIB 24 Hour Online hosted more than one million banking sessions in January 2003 – the busiest month ever,” said David Roberts, manager, eBusiness & Payments at AIB Bank. “During the month, 150,000 customers used the service an average of seven times and generated quarter of a million value transactions and 1.3 million statement requests. This is a 48 per cent increase in usage compared with the same time last year. And further growth is forecast for 2003.”

“Delivering flawless service is one of the most important elements of a successful online banking programme,” said John Stuart-Trainor, senior manager enterprise technology at AIB Bank. “Softek EnView allows us to view our services from the outside in. It also establishes an ‘early warning’ system which allows us to fix any service-level fluctuations before they impact on customer service levels.”

Reporting on application service levels is critical to the IT staff at AIB, which uses Softek EnView’s reporting function to provide accurate QoS information to senior management and the board of directors. This allows the IT team to demonstrate, from a single PC screen, that the online banking service is of the same high standard as the bank’s personal services. This resulted in the bank being awarded Best Business Bank in Britain for the fifth consecutive year by the Forum of Private Business.

“AIB has been a long-term customer of our TDMF data migration software and we are pleased that our products can extend this relationship towards enhancing their award-winning services,” said Steven Murphy, president and CEO at Softek.

About AIB
AIB Group is Ireland’s leading financial services company. In the Republic of Ireland, the bank has 280 outlets. In Northern Ireland AIB trades as First Trust and operates in more than 70 outlets. In Britain, Allied Irish Bank (GB) focuses on the business sector and operates through 35 branches. In the USA, AIB owns Allfirst Financial Inc. In September 2002, AIB announced that Allfirst is to be merged with M&T Bank Corporation. Following the merger, AIB will have a 22.5% stake in M&T. AIB also has its own brand retail and corporate business in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In Poland, the Group owns Bank Zachodni WBK, Poland’s 5th largest bank. AIB is listed on the Dublin, London and New York stock exchanges and has assets in excess of €86bn.

About Softek EnView
The Softek EnView software allows companies to get a continuous view of the most important metric -- the end user experience -- across any application from mainframe to open systems. Softek EnView provides real-time analysis that alerts IT managers to potential trouble and provides information about the most likely cause of slowdowns and failures. The software’s graphical user interface (GUI) is easy to navigate. Embedded tools provide simplified script capture, playback, and maintenance. Administration features distribute and maintain the scripts and automatically update the performance thresholds.

About Softek
Softek delivers award-winning automated storage management solutions operating across more vendors and platforms than any other SRM software. With Softek, customers are able to both optimize and simplify the management of complex, multi-vendor storage infrastructures via action-based automated resource management including space management, storage provisioning, data replication, data migration, performance monitoring, service level management, data recovery and backup. The result is better-utilized storage, more productive staffs, and greater application availability. Backed by the financial strength of Fujitsu Limited, Softek is distributed globally and offers 24/7 support to more than 700 customers worldwide.

Softek EnView is a trademark of Fujitsu Software Technology Corporation. Fujitsu and the Fujitsu Logo are registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited.

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