Magazine article American Banker

British Lender Runs Data Base on Open System by Sybase

Magazine article American Banker

British Lender Runs Data Base on Open System by Sybase

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Provident Personal Credit has successfully implemented client-server technology to do mission-critical tasks that have traditionally been entrusted to more costly mainframe computers.

The British firm, which issues personal loans to one million customers throughout England and Ireland, joined forces with Sybase Inc., an Emeryville, Calf.-based software developer to build what may be the largest corporate data base using an open system.

The system, which has been on-line since the beginning of the year, is used to process three million weekly payment transactions in a 10-hour period, a number-crunching feat typically accomplished by mainframes.

Built from Scratch

"We have proven you can create a large-batch data base in Unix, and it works," said David Han, director of development at Provident. "I have to pay tribute to my project team and, of course, Sybase because they have all achieved from scratch something the industry has never done before."

This development is a triumph for advocates of client-server technology, who have said that the personal computer technology can be a more efficient and economical alternative to mainframe computers for processing transactions and providing access to information just as quickly as in the mainframe environment.

According to Cynthia Betty, senior manager, customer marketing, more banks are running mission-critical applications in that environment. Sybase continues to prove itself for use in applications requiring a large database and a large transaction volume, she said. …

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