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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

DCC’s partner wins N1.5bn deal

A partner of the Nigerian-based DCC Satellite and Networks, the Computer Associates (CA) has won a $12 million (about N1,523,040,000) NCV deal with Washington Mutual, a financial institution in the United States (US).


The deal features a broad range of Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Management (EITM) solution.


According to the Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager at the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) owners of DCC, Ms Morenike Popoola, the Washington Mutual is one of the US leading financial services companies and serves consumers and small to mid sized businesses through various subsidiaries.


She recalled that as at December 2006, they have a net income of $3.56 billion (about N4.5 bn) and through its subsidiaries had assets of $346.29 billion.


She added that the business areas include retail banking and financial services, home loans, commercial banking and card services.


The manager noted that one of the pain issues for financial institutions has been the different management console for different platforms, which increases the number of integration points thereby creating an avenue for vulnerabilities.


Hence, banks struggled to simplify this maze of multi vendor management solutions, which was increasingly complex and expensive while lacking unified view and a central point of control.


As said by her, this, CA was able to achieve with its EITM solution.

“CA’s broad foot print of EITM solutions enable financial institutions meet up 90 per cent for their distributed IT management needs,” she said.


The functionality advancement in the new CA coupled with the powerful acquired technologies positions the firm as the ideal technology partner to offer depth management.


She emphasised that many times IT environment in banks have different vendor applications and platforms in place and that makes them heterogeneous.


“This gives rise to a lot of management challenges because there may not be standards or even a central monitor for these entire multi vendor platforms,” she noted, adding that this was what presented CA the opportunity to offer integrated, end-to-end enterprise IT management (EITM) strategy and solutions.


Washington Mutual also wanted a single vendor to recommend and deploy one cohesive IT management strategy that reduces the cost and complexity of monitoring their infrastructure, eliminates the multi-vendor mix of solutions, and ensures that their distributed environments provide the highest level of service availability and performance to end users.
This CA was also able to achieve with its EITM product.


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