By Sherief Younis
Bank Dhofar, Oman, is migrating sites at 47 of its branches from a Novell platform to Microsoft Windows 2003 in an effort to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.
Bank Dhofar, Oman is migrating sites at 47 of its branches from a Novell platform to Microsoft Windows 2003 in an effort to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.
Migrating to Microsoft Windows 2003 provides Bank Dhofar with features comparable to existing Netware services as well as the added benefit of greater scalability, expandability, and industry-leading integration with desktop and collaboration software.
In addition Microsoft Windows Server System offers a wide breadth of applications and support services, including high levels of certified technical personnel through the MCSE, MCSA, and related programs.
Microsoft provides a robust support framework for Windows Server 2003 and a simple migration path for organisations of all sizes to move from NetWare to Windows, including a migration Web site and tools such as Microsoft Windows Services for NetWare.
“The financial services industry as a whole is facing the challenge of how to do more with less” said Ravi Khanna, head of IT at Bank Dhofar. “The Microsoft product is perfectly aligned to our vision at Bank Dhofar and our need to remain flexible in the face of future expansion. With centralised and robust management tools Microsoft Windows 2003 is easier to use and navigate, enabling our staff to work effectively.”
“Our relationship with Microsoft evolved into a true partnership through the support we received specifically in helping us design our branch office with Microsoft Consulting Services,” explained Khanna. “Migrating to a new IT platform can take time and effort with many companies losing valuable money through the change cycle. However Microsoft carried out a workshop to train our staff and get them people-ready on the Windows platform, making the migration process painless.”
Desmond Nair, business group manager of server and tools business at Microsoft, said: “The competitive pressures within the financial industry are high, and personnel within banks – from the CEO, to the IT manager, to the cashier – need to have confidence in their IT platform and the capability to use it effectively.”
“Similarly there is a real need for IT to be viewed within the business strategy as a solution and enabler. We at Microsoft, are dedicated to empowering people and businesses and providing them with the tools to work at their most effective.”