ACI signs Sterling Savings Bank and Empire National Bank

Source: ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide (NasdaqGS:ACIW), a leading international provider of software for electronic payment systems, today announced that Sterling Savings Bank has selected ACI Enterprise Banker as the single product solution for its online business banking customers.

The bank is a subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation with more than $12 billion in assets and 178 branches throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California. Sterling Savings Bank will implement the full suite of Enterprise Banker services, including reporting, transfers, ACH, wire and imaging. The product will reside in ACI's On Demand hosted services environment.

"Enterprise Banker provides a unique product that targets a growing need at Sterling Savings Bank," said Jeanette Manning, vice president and director of central banking services for Sterling Savings Bank. "With ACI's solution, we will be able to support all customers, across multiple markets, from a single platform."

Lavon Kordash, assistant vice president and online product leader for Sterling's corporate product management, added, "Enterprise Banker gracefully accommodates the needs of business customers from micro to large corporate, while its best-of-breed functionality will help us to compete effectively and win business relationships."

"Enterprise Banker gives Sterling Savings Bank a significant competitive advantage by allowing its online banking system to seamlessly grow with its customers as their needs change," said Ralph Dangelmaier, president of the Americas at ACI Worldwide. "With Enterprise Banker, Sterling can quickly and easily adjust the configuration to meet customers' evolving requirements. The bank can easily add or enhance services on the existing Enterprise Banker customer platform without requiring that their customer migrate to a new system when their business needs change. Enterprise Banker gives customers nearly immediate access to new services, enhancing the user experience, strengthening client relationships and increasing fee income."

Separately, ACI Worldwide (NasdaqGS:ACIW), a leading international provider of software for electronic payment systems, today announced that Empire National Bank, headquartered in Islandia, New York, has selected ACI to provide online banking services for their business and retail customers. The newly formed Long Island-based bank has established ACI Enterprise Banker(tm) as the core of its online banking system, and available services will include information reporting, stop payment, ACH origination, wire transfer, internal transfer, and positive pay. The product operates in the ACI On Demand hosted services environment, relieving the bank of the technical burden of system implementation and ongoing maintenance.

"Empire National Bank fills a void in the local banking landscape that has been created by recent bank consolidations," said Douglas C. Manditch, chairman and CEO of the bank. "Our mandate is to bring the personal touch back to customer service while providing cutting-edge products that rival what is offered by our largest competitors. ACI Enterprise Banker is an ideal match for Empire National Bank. Enterprise Banker provides the same robust online banking services used by some of the largest banks in the country. By deploying Enterprise Banker in the ACI On Demand environment, we are able to leverage ACI's technical expertise and focus our financial and human resources on customer service."

"We are very pleased to have been selected by Empire National Bank to provide online banking services to their business and retail customers," said Ralph Dangelmaier, president of the Americas at ACI Worldwide. "Enterprise Banker's single-product solution uniquely positions Empire National Bank to support the needs of what is sure to be a rapidly growing customer base. Enterprise Banker is fully scalable and can be customized to meet the online banking requirements of the smallest retail customer up through sophisticated, large corporations. As customer needs change, the bank can easily cross-sell additional services, all within the same product offering. Additionally, Enterprise Banker gives them the unique ability to tailor product packages to meet the specific needs of niche target markets, such as property managers, attorneys and healthcare providers."

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