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Windows in Financial Services (WFS) Delivers a Leaders Forum on Core Banking Systems

Microsoft-Sponsored Leaders Forums Continue to Deliver Solution-Oriented Roadmaps.

New York, NY, October 7, 2002 – "Talk to IT vendors about the issues their retail banking customers face and you'll hear one overriding theme, building profitability," said Joe Viviani, publisher of Windows in Financial Services (WFS) magazine. "The Microsoft-sponsored Leaders Forum we're featuring in our fall issue on core banking systems speaks to that very point."

Seven retail banking industry executives participated in a Leaders Forum titled, "Core Systems: Keeping up with consumer demands in banking," now available online through the WFS web site.

"Core systems are at the heart and soul of any financial institution. Every year host systems and third-party vendors add functionality and increase the usefulness of their platforms," said Viviani. "We reached out to some forward-thinking industry experts and asked them to explain the issues they see in core banking systems. These are companies and banking institutions operating at the leading edge of core system developments designed to add value to the consumer."

Forum participants include:

- Doug Anderson, CEO, Savings Bank of Manchester (Nasdaq: SBMC)
- Louis Hernandez, Jr., chairman & CEO, Open Solutions
- Randy Karnes, CEO, Wesco
- Michael Kerr, president, business solutions & consulting, Getronics (AEX: GTN)
- Warren Lewis, global managing director, banking industry, Microsoft
- Bill Neville, president, information services group, BISYS (NYSE: BSG)
- R. Ravisankar, CEO, i-flex

The winter issue will feature a Leaders Forum titled, "Knowing Your Customers, Managing Your Channels, Building Profitability" with executives from Meridien Research, Microsoft, HP, Getronics, Fincentric, BranchConnect, Onyx and Cornell Theory Center, among others. It will be distributed in November at the BAI Retail Delivery 2002, the Bank Administration Institute's retail financial services conference attended by 10,000 financial services professionals from over 75 countries.