Retail Banking Application Developers Recognized as Winners In Microsoft Industry Solution Awards

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 4, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced three winners of its annual Industry Solution Awards (ISA) at the Bank Administration Institute’s Retail Delivery ’97 Conference in New Orleans.

Mike Dusche, worldwide banking industry marketing manager at Microsoft, presented the awards at a ceremony held at the conference. “These winners represent the best of the best solutions available to financial institutions,” Dusche said. “And these winning solutions demonstrate how Microsoft® Windows NT® Server and the Microsoft SQL Server
database can be used as the basis for powerful, flexible, scalable computer systems that help banks better serve their customers.”

Following are the winners in the three ISA categories specific to retail delivery systems.

Best Banking by Phone Solution – Alltel Call Center Workstation

Alltel Call Center Workstation (CCW) automates the customer service and sales functions for bank call centers. CCW handles a wide variety of banking processes and transactions and is specifically designed for call-center agents.

“We are very pleased that our Call Center Workstation application has been recognized by Microsoft as the winner of the Best Banking by Phone Solution,” said Jeff Fox, president of Alltel Information Services. “This award confirms that Alltel’s development focus on providing interoperable delivery applications clearly meets the demands of today’s financial institutions. Microsoft has been a key technology partner for years and has been important in the development of our call-center application and underlying service delivery architecture. Alltel will continue to work with Microsoft to eliminate risk for our clients and to develop strategic applications that add value to the end customer.”

Alltel Information Services provides information processing management, outsourcing services and application software to the financial, mortgage, health-care and telecommunications industries.

Best Retail Branch Banking Solution – Prologic Ovation

Ovation is a world-class, enterprise client/server solution providing high-volume, mission-critical, online transaction processing (OLTP) for the financial industry. Its core strength is its ability to rapidly evolve in response to ongoing needs for change and growth.

“Ovation’s selection as the best retail banking solution in the Industry Solutions Awards is further proof of Ovation’s flexibility, scalability and customer relationship management capabilities,” said Robert Wilband, president and chief executive officer, Prologic Corp.

Prologic provides world-class client/server solutions for the banking industry. A Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, Prologic understands global client/server banking trends – both the technological impact and the critical implementation issues – so financial services organizations can chart their short- and long-term banking directions confidently.

Best Internet Banking Solution – nFront nHome

nHome is a Microsoft Windows NT-based Internet banking solution, which allows community banks to offer customers the ability to bank 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Using a Web browser or Internet TV, customers can open new accounts, apply for loans, view account balances and history, transfer funds, pay bills, view personal information on record at the bank, generate reports based on account activity, and download Active Statements into Microsoft Money.

“Winning the Microsoft Industry Solution Award for Internet banking is a great testament to nFront as a company,” said Tripp Rackley, president of nFront. “We have always been 100 percent committed to Microsoft and utilizing the tools and relationship to deliver a complete Windows NT-based Internet banking system. We strongly believe that the winners in Internet banking will be financial institutions who are ready to be leaders.”

nFront Inc. was founded with the vision of offering community banks a fully functional Internet banking solution using nHome. Focusing solely on Internet banking, nFront provides community banks with leading-edge software that rivals most big bank solutions.

Award Winners Selection Committee

Microsoft Industry Solution awards are designed to recognize developers of software applications in retail banking. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based on their ability to provide tangible business for retail banking customers using Microsoft technology, specifically the Windows NT Server operating system and the BackOffice® family of products.

The panel is made up of industry experts, including Jim Pavia, managing editor of Bank Systems & Technology; Bill Bradway, analyst at Meridien Research; John Geyer, analyst at Gartner Group Inc.; and Nancy Davis, publisher of Microbanker Inc.

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