Indian core banking supplier i-flex Solutions has opened a development, support and demonstration centre in mid-town Manhattan designed to provide US customers and partners with local back-up and testing facilities.
The new facility will connect to i-flex's development centres worldwide, providing 24/7 backup and support for North American Flexcube, Reveleus and PrimeSourcing customers.
Cafo Boga, chief operating officer of i-flex solutions says: "In addition to the technical facility, we are expanding on our business continuity planning proposition, providing greater assurance for our North American customers by establishing a backup facility right in their own backyard."
He says the centre has been opened to provide a space where financial institutions and partners alike can test, run prototypes, conduct analysis and solution assurance, develop architecture definitions, and run proof-of-concept activities.
At the centre, i-flex will run a J2EE compliant middleware platform built around IBM WebSphere MQ series and an Oracle 9i database running on HP servers.
I-flex, which is partly owned by Citibank, first opened a New York sales office in December 2001.
The firm's confidence in the North American market is in contrast to rival Temenos, which has partly ascribed a decline in 2002 revenues to weak sales in the US and Africa.