The Alliance & Leicester has awarded services company olsy uk, formerly the systems and services division of Olivetti, contracts worth #15 million as it migrates its PC branch automation systems from a proprietary DOS-based solution to Windows.
Olsy will supply Alliance & Leicester with PC hardware and software.
The hardware covers Compaq desktops and servers, Microvitec flat screen teller monitors, Lexmark printers and a range of networking equipment.
The software contract covers olsy's olibranch suite of Windows-based automation software applications. olsy will also install the equipment and provide a range of IT services, including site surveys, branch re-cabling, and a helpdesk facility.
According to olsy, olibranch allows users to upgrade their systems as and when required, rather than forcing them to replace systems outright. The suite includes rapid application development (RAD) tools, featuring reusable objects and frameworks.
Alliance & Leicester has also chosen Counsellor, an optional add-on to the olibranch software which assists staff in their recommendation of financial products to customers. olsy will work in conjunction with Alliance & Leicester staff to customise Counsellor to particular requirements.
Russell Simm, director of group IT at the Alliance & Leicester, said: "olsy, as an authorised service provider for both Compaq and Microsoft, is able to provide the integration of specialist firmware with other hardware products, together with the implementation of both the environmental and application software."
The installation of pilot systems has begun in selected Alliance & Leicester branches and is due to be completed by the end of August. Full roll-out will take place between October and March 1998.
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