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Principal Bank implements Fiserv SOA product

25 July 2005  |  1544 views  |  0 Source: Fiserv CBS Worldwide

Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) announced today that Principal Bank, a client of its Fiserv CBS Worldwide unit, is using its CBS Communicator service-oriented architecture product to create an integrated technology environment.

According to Dean Brown, chief information officer of Principal Bank, the CBS Communicator solution was a key factor in Principal Bank's decision to select CBS Worldwide.

"Communicator has facilitated integration of our core banking platform with internal systems and best-of-breed products," Brown said. "In essence, we've used Communicator as a tool set to integrate front-end channels into our core CBS application."

Principal Bank wanted to integrate and maximize the use of its client data throughout the organization. Internally developed applications implemented over the last several months leveraging Communicator have taken highly manual business processes and automated them, Brown said. "This has taken costs out of our business and increased our efficiency," he said.

Principal Bank has used Communicator to help its business development efforts through new account origination. With Communicator's service-oriented architecture, the account origination system is interfaced with the CBS core data as well as various credit service providers. Therefore credit decisions and account activation happen more quickly, providing benefits from a customer and operations perspective.

Communicator also helps Principal Bank to automate the flow of data to support integrated product offerings with other Principal business units. "Product co-development efforts with our Pension and Health groups have led to automated account opening and customer enrollment through the use of Communicator for Small Amount Rollover IRA and Health Savings Accounts," Brown said.

The middleware application CBS Communicator.NET is an IFX XML-based software solution providing a common interface to integrate potentially dissimilar functions, such as core back office systems, Internet banking, credit bureau information, credit card processing, call center automation and more.

Communicator has supported the IFX standard since 2001 and Fiserv CBS Worldwide is a member of the IFX standards committee. The result is an interwoven solution that seamlessly shares information, leveraging data connection and storage while allowing institutions to take advantage of evolving technology and maintain consistency.

Communicator is one solution in a broad-ranging effort within Fiserv, called the Fiserv Integration Initiative, to integrate significant portions of the company's products, as well as to provide integration with those of outside vendors.

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