Systar Announces Further Developments for Business Activity Monitoring in the Securities Market

London -24 January 2007

BusinessBridge solution developed for application to the securities market to meet growing demand for real-time awareness of trade activity through Business Activity Monitoring.

Systar (Euronext Paris ISIN: FR0000052854-SAR), the leading provider of Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) solutions, announced further progression in the securities market through the development of its BusinessBridge solution at the Finexpo conference in London today.

Systar has the largest installed base of BAM solutions in the banking and financial services industry, and has increased its focus on the European securities market for BusinessBridge - the Systar BAM platform – to meet market demand. The increasingly regulated securities market together with the drive for increased levels of automation have led to a demand for solutions that provide users with an immediate picture of the priorities for action. Increasing volumes and high penalties for failure have also caused significant growth in demand for real-time systems to monitor process execution and business performance.

BusinessBridge allows users to improve real-time awareness of their activities by spanning IT and business silos to provide end-to-end visibility of key processes. Automatic detection of exceptions makes it a useful tool in environments where achieving a high Straight Through Processing (STP) rate is important, or where a proactive approach to client relationships is needed.

The focus on the securities industry has been driven by a growing demand for functionality that allows the monitoring of process execution and the performance of clients, channels, products, locations, staff and the overall business. Providing institutions with the ability to view the performance of linked applications, queues and middleware components allows for higher levels of operational control and customer satisfaction, whilst driving down costs.

Presenting to capital markets participants at Finexpo today, Systar outlined how permanent analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) allows users to be alerted to potential technical or commercial issues they would be otherwise unprepared for. Also discussed was how proactive monitoring of Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) – such as the risk and impact of missing a deadline or deviating from a client SLA – can help reduce operational risk exposure.

“The complexity of investment banking processes and the ever-growing volumes, combined with the high penalties attached to failure all mean that BAM can bring tremendous benefits and cost savings”, commented Jonny Cheetham, Sales Director of Systar UK. “Simple BAM applications can be deployed rapidly as business needs change to immediately prioritise potential issues affecting performance across key processes”.

Systar was the only vendor to receive the highest accolade from industry analysts Gartner in its recent report "MarketScope for Business Activity Monitoring Platforms".

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