Microsoft Announces 1999 Industry Solution Awards Winners For Financial Services

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the 1999 Industry Solution Awards (ISAs) for Financial Services at the Windows® in Financial Services Day Conference on Tuesday. The awards were presented to nine leading independent software vendors – including Applied Systems Inc.; Bridge Information Systems Inc.; Cambridge Technology Partners; Corillian Corp.; The FREEDOM Group; Infinity, A SunGard Company; Intell-A-Check Corp.; Policy Management Systems Corp. (PMSC); and Unisys Corp. – in a ceremony at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

These awards showcase organizations in the financial services industry that are combining Microsoft® platform applications and development tools with custom-developed applications and products from independent software vendors to solve critical business problems. Winners and finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges, which scored entries based on their ability to provide tangible business benefits to financial services customers using Microsoft technology, specifically the Windows NT® -based server operating system and the BackOffice® family of products.

“We are excited about the diverse range of innovative and scalable applications from all the companies that entered this competition,”
said Bill Hartnett, director of financial services at Microsoft.
“The winning solutions demonstrate how Microsoft platform technologies can be used as the basis for powerful, flexible and scalable systems that enable financial services organizations to handle an enterprisewide networked environment for lower total cost of ownership.”

Financial Services ISA Winners and Finalists

The panel of industry experts and analysts that selected winners and finalists included Bill Bradway, Meridien Research; Nancy R. Davis, Microbanker Inc.; Gregg Gerdau, Nvest Companies L.P.; Stewart Johnson, The Guardian; Andrew Kantor, Technologies Decisions; Jim Pavia, Bank Systems + Technology; Michael Smith, Cutter Associates Inc.; Dave Spaulding, The Spaulding Group Inc.; and Paul Tinnerello, AM Best Co.

The winners in the nine ISA categories for Financial Services include the following.

Banking – Internet Banking Solution

Winner: Corillian – Voyager eFinance Suite

Based in Beaverton, Ore., Corillian is a leading provider of next-generation Internet-based technology solutions that fulfill the e-finance needs of the financial services industry. The Voyager Application Server is built on the Windows NT operating system. The Voyager eFinance Suite supports Internet-based banking, bill payment, brokerage, bill presentment, one-to-one marketing and small-business transactions. The Voyager Consumer Banking Suite includes a customizable browser-based (HTML) interface, and Voyager OFX Publishing Suite enables financial management using Quicken and Microsoft Money. More information on Corillian is available at .


  • Corillian – Voyager eFinance Suite

  • NFront Inc. – nHome

  • PLOT – PLOT Internet Banking

Banking – Retail Banking Solution

Winner: Unisys – Unisys FBA Navigator

Unisys is more than 33,000 employees helping customers in 100 countries apply information technology to solve their business problems. Unisys solutions are based on a broad portfolio of global information services – including electronic business, systems integration including custom and
application solutions, outsourcing, Microsoft Windows NT-based services, network services, and multivendor maintenance and support – coupled with enterprise-class servers and associated middleware, software and storage. Repeatable solutions are focused on key vertical markets including financial services, transportation, telecommunications, government, publishing and other commercial markets. The company is headquartered in Blue Bell, Penn., in the Greater Philadelphia area. More information on the company can be accessed on the Unisys home page on the World Wide Web at . Investor information can be found at .


  • Financial Objects PLC – Diamond

  • NCR Corp. – InterRelate+

  • Unisys – Unysis FBA Navigator

Banking – Wholesale Banking Solution

Winner: Intell-A-Check – Intell-A-Check!

Founded in 1993, Intell-A-Check Corp. is a leader in payment technologies, providing a range of electronic payment solutions to Fortune 1,000 organizations, including MCI WorldCom, Comcast Cablevision, Bank of America, Consolidated Edison of New York, Staples Corp. and GE Capital. Located in Belleville, N.J., the company is a Microsoft Commerce Partner. Its flagship product, Intell-A-Check! , is a Microsoft BackOffice-certified solution that supports a broad range of technology platforms. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Intell-A-Check at (800) 946-8355 or via the Web at .


  • Corp. – Aquarit

  • Infinity, A Sungard Company – Panorama

  • Intell-A-Check – Intell-A-Check!

Insurance – Agency Automation Solution

Winner: Applied Systems – The Agency Manager Vision Series

Applied Systems is a leading vendor of automation for the independent insurance industry serving the unique needs of insurance agents, brokers, MGAs, banks and insurance companies in the United States and abroad. Its latest release, The Agency Manager Vision Series, is a 32-bit, three-tiered management system running on the Microsoft BackOffice platform. It offers a level of feature, functionality and scalability unlike any other system in the industry. More information can be found at .


  • Applied Systems – The Agency Manager Vision Series

  • FDP Corp. – Contact Partner 2000

  • Insurance Technologies – ForeSight

Insurance – Carrier BackOffice Solution

Winner: The FREEDOM Group – The FREEDOM Claims Workstation

The FREEDOM Group is a leading provider of software and service to the property-casualty industry. Founded in 1986, the company offers systems handling personal and commercial lines, billing, claims, and premium accounting and reporting. Outsourcing and consulting services are also available. FREEDOM is also the largest provider of financial products to both property and casualty and life companies, with a client base in excess of 2,000 insurance companies. The FREEDOM Web site can be visited at .


  • Allenbrook Inc. – Phoenix, An Enterprisewide Integrated Solution for Erie and Niagra

  • The FREEDOM Group – The FREEDOM Claims Workstation

Insurance – Online Insurance Solution

Winner: Policy Management Systems Corp. (PMSC) – PMSCiSolutions

PMSC, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., is a leader in providing enterprise and electronic commerce application software, professional service, and outsourcing designed to meet the needs of the global insurance and related financial services industries. Information on PMSC and its products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at .


  • Policy Management Systems Corp. (PMSC) – PMSCiSolutions


Securities – Electronic Trading Solution

Winner: Cambridge Technology Partners – OatsTalk for Securties Broker Dealer Compliance

Cambridge Technology Partners provides management consulting and systems integration services to transform its clients into e-businesses. Working in collaboration with Global 1,000, high-velocity middle-market companies and dot-com companies, Cambridge combines a deep understanding of
“new economy”
issues with integrated, end-to-end services and a proven track record of shared risk and rapid, guaranteed delivery. Cambridge generated $612 million in 1998 and has more than 4,500 employees and 55 offices worldwide. Cambridge can be located on the Web at .


  • ACT Financial Systems Ltd. – RAPIDE

  • Advent Software – Moxy

  • Cambridge Technology Partners – OatsTalk for Securities Broker Dealer Compliance

  • Comprehensive Software Systems (CSS) – CSS Order Management System & Message Switch

Securities – Investment Decision Support Solution

Winner: Bridge Information Systems – Bridge Station

BRIDGE, together with its principal operating units, Bridge Information Systems, BridgeNews and Bridge Trading, and its subsidiary, Telerate, is the largest provider of financial information and related services in North America – and fastest-growing in the world. Together with SAVVIS, the Internet service provider that BRIDGE recently acquired, BRIDGE is also one of the world’s largest providers of ATM-managed IP networks, with more than 150 Cascade ATM switches throughout the major cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim and the Americas.

BRIDGE information products include a wide range of workstations, market data feeds and Web-browser-based applications, combined with comprehensive market data, in-depth news, powerful analytic tools and trading room integration systems. BridgeNews leverages a network of 600+ BRIDGE journalists in more than 100 locations that break news which affects securities markets globally. BRIDGE is the co-producer of the Nightly Business Report and is a leading provider of financial news and information to media companies worldwide.

BRIDGE, with more than 5,000 employees worldwide and over a quarter million users in over 65 countries, is headquartered in New York City, with the BRIDGE Trading and Technology center in St. Louis and major regional centers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Rim. More information can be found on the Bridge Web site at .


  • Bridge Information Systems – Bridge Station

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  • Eagle Development Group Inc. – Eagle PACE

  • Infinity, A Sungard Company – Panorama

Securities – Portfolio Management/Accounting Solution

Winner: Infinity, A SunGard Company – Panorama

Infinity, A SunGard Company, provides enterprise software solutions for financial trading, risk management and operations. Infinity customers include banks, asset managers, and corporate and government treasuries of every size, geographic reach and operational complexity. Infinity identifies emerging standards early on and delivers innovative, modular, adaptable solutions and enabling technologies. Infinity facilitates client success, mitigates technology risk, and delivers rapid
through Infinity Professional Services, providing application implementation and integration consulting. Infinity, A SunGard Company, is an operating unit of SunGard Data Systems Inc., the only large specialized provider of proprietary investment support systems and the pioneer and a leading provider of comprehensive computer disaster recovery services. SunGard Data Systems common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
SunGard Data Systems can be reached at . Infinity can be reached at .


  • Financial Models Co. Inc. – Pages

  • Infinity, A Sungard Company – Panorama

  • Princeton Financial Systems Inc. – PAMConnect

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