Skipton consolidates core systems with Unisys and Microsoft

Skipton consolidates core systems with Unisys and Microsoft

The UK's Skipton Building Society has migrated its multi-platform core processing infrastructure to a Microsoft Windows environment running Unisys ES7000 servers, cutting £3 million from annual IT running costs in the process.

Skipton worked with Unisys Technology Consulting Services (TCS) to develop the infrastructure, which has consolidated 70 of its older systems.

The new data processing system manages the Society's mortgage clients as well as the collective savings and administration business of its retail and white label banking clients - an overall total of one million customers.

John Goodfellow, Skipton's chief executive, says: "We have reduced our data processing costs by 50% and our overall operating costs by approximately six per cent."

The infrastructure also provides the Society with a business continuity solution. This delivers a 180-second failover recovery for the Society's 85 branches.

In addition, Skipton says the introduction of an end-to-end Windows system allows it to reduce staff training times from three months to just two days.

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