Contact:UBS AG ( www.ubs.ch )
AdNovum ( www.adnovum.com )
Tools used: ISI (CORBA 2.3 implementation), Nevis Web
The Interoperability Service Infrastructure (ISI) is a CORBA 2.3 implementation on an abstract transport layer with mappings to various transports. It connects the most diverse software components via an infrastructural layer with multi-language (C/C++, Smalltalk, Java, Cobol), multi-platform (NT, Solaris, OS/2200), and multi-transport (IIOP, SMX, Tuxedo) support. The secure Web Access Framework Nevis permits a seamless integration of Web and CORBA technology.To ensure highest availability even at peak times, UBS deploys three Sun systems simultaneously. This solution provides a secure, integrated and scalable system platform. Everyone involved uses the same customer data and IT services, end users with their browsers as well as corporate employees with their applications.
All queries and transactions are directed to the relevant host. With this solution UBS was well ahead of its competitors. Of course, we knew that the competitors would follow very soon, that's why we wanted to stay up front, explains Thomas Schneider, director of the e-banking development department at UBS. Despite the great importance of a short introductory period, UBS was looking for a long-term solution with reliable partners.
Such projects succeed only when all partners are equally dedicated. Sun supplied servers and consulting services while AdNovum provided software and middleware.According to a feasibility study done by Sun, the infrastructure provided by AdNovum served as a good base for the development of a comprehensive architecture that could satisfy the growing e-banking needs of UBS. AdNovum provided a team of engineers which UBS completed with their own employees and Sun put consulting services at their disposal. "For us it is important, adds Schneider, "that Sun is a well-known company with highly productive systems and that AdNovum ensures red-hot engineering and broad experience. By having such partners we are definitely in a win/win situation."
At UBS, technology and business goals form a common solid base for the future. "Success has always depended on the perfect combination of financial competence and technological know-how, says Schneider. "This platform enables us to generate added value: to sell mortgages and to offer private banking and other services via Internet."
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