Redhill, 2nd February 2006: Fintecs, a leading Banking IT consultancy, is offering a free documentation audit tool to banks and financial institutions wishing to determine how effectively their IT documentation meets their business needs. The Documentation Needs Analysis (DNA) test was developed by Fintecs specifically to improve visual documentation - often a neglected area in banking and financial systems.

Fintecs Managing Director, Tony Gratton, says, 'Our visual approach to documentation has been designed to enable banks and financial institutions to rediscover the value of their hardware and software assets, to transfer vital knowledge among staff more easily, and match IT systems more closely to the needs of banking. We developed the DNA test based on extensive banking experience so that organisations can score their documentation easily but to a meaningfully high standard.'

'The priceless advantage of the visual documentation approach,' says Gratton, 'is that it gives organisations the bigger picture of how their business processes interact with their people - and where their IT investments are being under-used - so they can plan future systems with confidence.'

'Words are important as a source of reference', says Gratton, 'but for ease of understanding and a global grasp on complex banking IT systems, nothing equals a picture. The visual documentation techniques developed by Fintecs solve the problems associated with traditional IT documents. The bank's global view is always maintained, ensuring that the context of all processes is clearly displayed. Users are not required to remember details - the details are continually available. Switching between levels of complexity is easy, whether on paper or on screen. Layers are easily linked -- just like web pages. And visuals are easily emailed.'

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