In a continued effort to make banking more convenient and digitally accessible for its customers, Huntington (NASDAQ:HBAN) announced today the launch of its new iPad application. Huntington's new iPad application is free to download and is available now in the Apple App Store by searching "Huntington iPad" on its site.
"At Huntington, our top priority is to create the best experience for our customers. Consumers are now relying more on smart phones and iPads for many things, including banking, which is why we're introducing our new iPad app," said Mary Navarro, Huntington's director of consumer and business banking. "Our new iPad application is the next important step for Huntington as we continue to build out our digital platform to better meet our customers' evolving needs."
With Huntington's new iPad application, users can search for a branch or ATM, contact customer support and service areas, as well as learn more about Huntington anytime, anywhere from their iPads. And customers enrolled in Huntington Online Banking can pay bills, transfer funds, and view real-time account balances and account activity from their iPads.
Jeff Dennes, Huntington's online and mobile services director who joined the bank last year as chief digital officer, was recently named the No. 1 innovator in 2011 by Bank Technology News (http://tinyurl.com/426ev2k) and featured on the cover of its June issue. Dennes and his team have developed an integrated digital roadmap for the bank. The adoption of an innovative, cross-functional POD environment and development center, a feature of many digital businesses in Silicon Valley, allowed for more agile development of the bank's iPad application.
"Our customers will eventually touch mobile devices, including tablets, more often than a physical branch or an ATM. And they will increasingly access their money and account information this way," said Dennes. "We want to make that experience consistent across all our mobile channels and ensure it's the best it can possibly be. Our new iPad application, along with our recently-introduced mobile applications for Android and iPhone, help us continue to deliver on what our customers have told us they want in the mobile space."
Building Huntington's new iPad application was led by the bank's new digital development center in Columbus, Ohio. It developed the iPad app utilizing leading mobile application platform provider, Kony Solutions. Kony's proven "Write Once, Run Everywhere" platform enables applications to be changed once for all channels, ensuring faster adoption of new operating systems, devices and standards as they are introduced, while eliminating maintenance, upgrade and future development costs.
"Having product, IT development and testing all sitting in the same POD created a much more cohesive, collaborative environment that allowed us to work together in an agile methodology. It made us more productive and we were able to develop the app and deliver it to our customers more quickly," Dennes noted.
Huntington's investment in convenience, including new mobile technology, will continue and is an important part of the bank's differentiated "Fair Play Banking" philosophy announced last fall with the introduction of 24-Hour Grace®, and highlighted this May by the introduction of Asterisk-Free Checking™.