Finacle

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Finacle
Finacle from Infosys
Original author(s) Infosys
Developer(s) Infosys
Initial release 1999 (1999)
Stable release 10.2.09 / November 1, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-11-01)
Development status Active
Written in Java, C/C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Banking software
License Commercial
Website www.infosys.com/finacle

Finacle is a core banking software package developed by Indian technology corporation Infosys.

It is used by multiple banks across several countries, it can handle multi-currency transactions.[1]

Finacle offers a suite of products, which are periodically evaluated by independent research firms like Forrester. The list of products include.[2]

  • Finacle Core Banking Solution
  • Finacle CRM Solution
  • Finacle e-Banking Solution
  • Finacle Treasury Solution
  • Finacle Wealth Management Solution
  • Finacle Islamic Banking Solution
  • Finacle Direct Banking Solution
  • Finacle Mobile Banking Solution
  • Finacle Rural Banking Solution
  • Finacle Inclusion Solution
  • Finacle Analyz
  • Finacle Alerts Solution
  • Finacle Advizor Solution
  • Finacle Lite
  • Finacle Finanz Tools
  • Finacle Digital Commerce Solution
  • Finacle Operational Data Store
  • Finacle Origination Solution
  • Finacle Multichannel Framework
  • Finacle Offers and Catalog Solution
  • Finacle Payments Solution
  • Finacle Liquidity Management Solution
  • Finacle Nostro Recon Solution
  • Infosys SocialEdge Solution

Several major customers of Finacle include Bank of India Nadra Bank of Ukraine, ICICI Bank of India and Al Hilal Bank of the United Arab Emirates.[3][4]

In 2004, India’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI), decided to deploy Infosys’s Finacle core banking, e-banking and treasury solutions across its global operations in 20 countries.[5] Finacle was implemented in 25 countries across the world. The bank's global business operations were standardised on the Finacle platform, on three data centers in the US, UK, and India. These three data centers were later downsized to a single one in India, while upgrading the entire system. This achieved a reduction in cost. The bank was also able to offer more products, roll them out faster, and roll them out globally.[6]

DBS Bank, Singapore, selected Finacle Universal Banking Solution from Infosys as the core banking platform for the programme. The bank ventured on the implementation of Finacle in Singapore and its key markets across the region to deepen its leadership in the market with advanced core banking product offerings, and strengthen its technology platform. Finacle was implemented in 13 countries.[7]

Emirates NBD, created from the merger of two leading banks in Dubai (Emirates Bank and National Bank of Dubai) is the largest bank in region by asset size. The bank implemented Finacle in 2009 to be the solution "core to the merger" and an "ideal solution" for facilitating the bank's expansion plans into the region.[8]

Finacle was implemented at Punjab National Bank, India’s second largest public sector bank at all its 4,604 branches and extension counters on Sun infrastructure and the Oracle database. The bank said that the solution was rolled out across 100 per cent of PNB’s branches in record time. The bank had 22,500 concurrent users on the Finacle platform, with the number of peak transactions at 3.5 million. [9]

In 2011, Finacle was set to enter the United States market via a deal with Union Bank N.A. of California, reported at a value of US$20 million. The deal was however called off by the bank in the same year.[10]

Finacle was chosen by Standard Bank, South Africa as the preferred solution for Africa (excluding South Africa). Its flexibility, scalability, cost effectiveness and compatibility with other systems in the bank made Finacle the ideal choice. In July 2011, Nigeria was the first country to start operations on Finacle. Namibia was the second country to go live on Finacle in 2012. Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana are in the pipe line to launch operations on Finacle.[11]

Kotak Mahindra Bank implemented the Core Banking Solution platform Finacle 10 in May 2012. The entire implementation, which replaced the bank's legacy core banking system with no disruption to business, was completed in 18 months. Finacle 10 was found to be the best fit, both functionally and technologically by the bank.[12] Kotak Mahindra Bank is the fourth largest Indian private sector bank by market capitalization, headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.[13]

In October 2012, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), a private domestic commercial bank in the Philippines, implemented Finacle on the IBM System Z server to transform its business and leverage new growth opportunities in an increasingly competitive consumer banking market. The transformation was completed smoothly with no disruption in services to RCBC customers.[14]

Turkland Bank (T-Bank),[15] one of Turkey’s private banks completed the installation of the Infosys Finacle core banking solution, which includes customer relationship management (CRM) and treasury modules in May 2013. The Turkish bank says that the live deployment of the Infosys Finacle software will enable T-bank to roll-out products faster and improve customer services helping to meet the growing needs of retail and corporate customers in a fast expanding economy.[16]

In September 2013, Infosys announced the launch of Finacle 11E, an advanced universal banking solution that simplifies banking transformation. The solution, built on the component model, helps banks of all sizes efficiently modernize their operations in a phased manner, reducing the risks in the journey. The enterprise class components are expected to improve both the bank's efficiency and the customer experience across all channels. Some of the new enterprise components added to the Finacle suite include - Payments, Multichannel Framework, Offers and Catalog, Liquidity Management, and Dashboards.[17]

In November, 2014 it has successfully implemented its Finacle™ core banking solution for Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), a leading U.S. direct bank and payment services company.

Finacle also won a deal at Qantas Credit Union for deployment of the solution on a private cloud.[18]

Views from Analyst Community

Infosys from Finacle was identified as a long term leader by Forrester for offering comprehensive banking functionalities. With capabilities to support customer focused banking, customer oriented product configuration, a multi channel capability and social media support, Finacle topped the Forrester Wave: Customer-Centric Global Banking Platforms.[2]

Finacle from Infosys was positioned as the leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking in November 2014, ahead of SAP and Temenos, demonstrating the highest Ability to Execute, and Completeness of Vision.[19]

IDC Financial Insights released in its new IDC MarketScape report, and noted Infosys-Finacle as a "leader". The solution is considered to exhibit high levels of strategic vision, demonstrable an ability to deliver functionality and support to their clients. The recent signing of new contracts in Europe indicated that the vendor was able to overcome the hurdles of regulatory requirements and budgeting constraints for core banking systems in Europe.[20]

Finacle Mobile Banking and e-Banking solutions were rated as ‘Best-in-Class’ for security and authentication capabilities and enterprise support, in a report published by CEB TowerGroup analysts[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infosys offering Finacle to more Indian banks". Mumbai. The Economic Times. 25 April 2011. Retrieved Jul 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.forrester.com/pimages/rws/reprints/document/113344/oid/1-O2KDYV
  3. ^ "Ukraine bank selects Infosys’ Finacle solution". Bangalore. The Hindu. 11 September 2011. Retrieved Jul 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Al Hilal Bank implements Infosys' Finacle solution". Bangalore. The Hindu. 29 May 2009. Retrieved Jul 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.cxotoday.com/story/sbi-selects-finacle-to-power-global-operations/
  6. ^ http://www.celent.com/reports/one-all-and-all-one-case-study-state-bank-india-international
  7. ^ http://www.theasianbanker.com/assets/media/dl/whitepaper/CS-Strengthening-The-Core-For-Regional-Expansion-2013.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=/data/business/2008/February/business_February657.xml&section=business
  9. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/infosys-completes-finacle-implementation-for-pnb-109020600047_1.html
  10. ^ Das, Goutam (23 July 2011). "US bank cancels Infosys $20-m Finacle contract". Bangalore. Financial Express. Retrieved Jul 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.standardbank.co.za/site/2012/newsletters/01248_02.html
  12. ^ Finacle 10 was found to be the best fit, both functionally and technologically, Manian said, adding the bank has already seen a 44 per cent increase in the number of accounts added after implementation.
  13. ^ Kotak Mahindra Bank
  14. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/philippines-bank-deploys-infosys-finacle-solution-112102300145_1.html
  15. ^ tr:T-Bank
  16. ^ http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2013/May/16/turkland-t-bank-completes-installation-of-infosys-finacle-core-banking-solution.html
  17. ^ http://www.finextra.com/news/announcement.aspx?pressreleaseid=51752
  18. ^ https://www.ibsintelligence.com/news/ibs-journal/ibs-journal-news/infosys-finacle-heads-for-cloud-with-microsoft-tie-up-and-qantas-credit-union-deal
  19. ^ http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-240KERF&ct=141104&st=sb
  20. ^ http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUK25416115
  21. ^ http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2014/Nov/4/infosys-finacle-continues-to-win-accolades-bets-big-on-mobility-big-data-and-analytics.html

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