Axway's File Transfer Solution Reduces Costs at Leading German Bank

6 January 2004 - Uxbridge, Middlesex: Axway, a leading European supplier of data transfer management and business integration solutions, and German bank Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW), have formed a strategic partnership. The aim of this venture is to consolidate the number of data transfer products, even in highly critical environments such as securities dealing, and to handle large numbers of file transfers within a stable and reliable IT infrastructure.

To this end, LBBW is installing Axway's XFB Suite (aXway File Broker) as the standard solution, thus ensuring full integration and transmission of data throughout the corporation. The simple point-to-point solutions that are still in use at LBBW are based on proprietary data transfer software and also on non-automated products. The XFB Suite dismantles the file transfer solutions that have been in use until now, so that applications operating on different systems, including OS/390, Unix and NT platforms, can be integrated into the system. This is producing considerable cost savings since implementation and maintenance costs are drastically reduced. The result is that LBBW and its partners will in future have a standardised and fully-automated file transfer solution, with full transparency and reviewing capacity for every transfer activity.

Martin Stern, managing director of Axway UK and Ireland, said: "At present the file transfer monitoring process at LBBW is purely manual, but in future, with the complete solution from Axway, every transfer activity and the applications concerned will be monitored. The solution provides a global monitoring and control system, together with a rules-based alarm system operating from a central point. With this Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), operators, administration staff and the application team are provided with a wide range of business analysis capabilities for every data transfer activity. In addition every aspect of the file transfer environment can be managed from any workstation. This reduces the administrative and management costs that usually arise as utilisation increases."

Norbert Grünbaum, project manager at LBBW, commented: "In addition to a secure and reliable solution we also needed a user-friendly graphic front-end, which would, at a glance, keep us informed about the status of data transfers. Now, with the Axway solution, we are in a position to be able to trace the complete workflow procedure, from start to finish. The ability to provide information in real time and the automatic alarm system means that we can reduce the cost of monitoring our data flows."

The first step is for LBBW to consolidate its internal data exchanges between its various computer systems. During the second and third phases all the partners - which include AOK, Allianz, Sparkassen Informatik and DVD - will be incorporated into the system, by means of standardised protocols such as HTTP.

Franz Vormittag, central systems group manager at LBBW, explained: "XFB is helping us make considerable savings in administrative and upkeep costs at LBBW. And we are also very impressed by the readiness of Axway to support us with the extensive migration from our current products to the new complete solution."

For further information please contact:
Mellissa Dorrell/Mark Button
Oast Communications
Tel: 01959 568 532

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