Unity Trust Bank goes live with Aurius

3 October 2006

APAK Group plc is delighted to announce that Unity Trust Bank has gone live with its new retail banking system, ‘Aurius’. The implementation was completed in just eight months, replacing Unity’s existing core platform with APAK’s Microsoft .NET application. Aurius will provide Unity with a fully integrated retail banking solution that features embedded workflow management, an online product designer and real-time general ledger.

“APAK’s ability to implement Aurius in such a short time frame is testament to the expertise, long-term experience and all round hard work demonstrated by its highly qualified banking team”, commented Kevin Turmore, Managing Director at Unity Trust Bank. “With Aurius, Unity has acquired a system that will help the bank to provide an enhanced level of service for our customers and business partners, whilst also helping us to achieve our future growth aspirations”.

APAK’s solution was selected by Unity following a rigorous screening process of leading core system suppliers. Aurius was chosen because it was one of the few UK based systems which offered advanced retail banking functionality that could be deployed at relatively low cost.

Developing Aurius on Microsoft .NET technology has given APAK a clear strategic advantage according to Microsoft’s Industry Manager for Retail Banking, Ian Wilkinson. “The ability to quickly deploy a core banking system via an intranet at minimal cost to the client will be an attractive proposition to many financial institutions. Microsoft .NET also provides Aurius with an architectural framework for future development. Using its open-system capabilities and web service standards means Aurius can easily integrate with different banking applications and organisations. With .NET, Unity and other Aurius customers are likely to see significant benefits in reliability, scalability and performance compared to other system technologies”.

“We are thrilled that Unity, one of our most valued customers, is now running live with Aurius”, commented APAK’s CEO, Tony Bracey. “There are very few core systems in the current market-place that can be swiftly implemented at such low total cost of ownership for the bank. We believe this represents an excellent opportunity for institutions that choose to replace their existing retail banking platform with the Aurius system”.

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