Fulcrum – South Asia to cover India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh
May 28, 2003
Infosys today announced the launch of the South Asia chapter of Fulcrum – the Finacle User Forum. The South Asia chapter of Fulcrum is a body comprising all customers of the Finacle suite of banking products from Infosys in the South Asian region covering India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The Fulcrum South Asia chapter was formally launched recently with Infosys facilitating and hosting the inaugural event. Finacle customers in the region got together, deliberated and set up the first Steering Committee and adopted the charter. Like all user forums, Fulcrum provides the customers of Finacle suite of banking solutions a forum to share best practices, network with each other and discuss derived benefits and various strategies for the Finacle suite of solutions.
Punjab National Bank was unanimously chosen as the first anchor of Fulcrum South Asia Chapter. Other members of the Steering committee include Sampath Bank (Sri Lanka), ICICI Bank, Cosmos Bank Ltd and Karnataka Bank Ltd.
Mr. K.S. Bajwa, Deputy General Manager, IT Division, Punjab National Bank and the Anchor of the Steering Committee of first South Asia chapter of Fulcrum said, ‘This initiative, facilitated by Infosys, is a clear evidence of maturing of Finacle as a product and shows a proactive approach by Infosys to be responsive to the needs and aspirations of the rapidly growing Finacle fraternity in the region. Punjab National Bank, the second largest bank in India, the first Public Sector Bank (PSB) in India to have opted for Finacle and the 1st PSB in the country to have gone Live with 100+ on centralised core banking, is honoured to be the first Anchor of the Fulcrum South Asia Chapter – Steering Committee. At Fulcrum we plan to meet regularly to discuss various matters pertaining to the Finacle suite of solutions, to share our experiences with each other, to understand Infosys’ plans for Finacle and to provide our collective feedback to Infosys.’
Mr. Girish G. Vaidya, Sr. Vice President and Head, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies Ltd said, ‘User Forums are one of the best examples of win-win collaboration between a customer and the IT solution provider. Fulcrum – the Finacle User Forum will provide a platform for all the users of the Finacle suite of solutions to share their best practices, network amongst themselves and hear from Infosys our plans for the product suite. We are happy to launch the first chapter of Fulcrum in South Asia, a region where Finacle has today emerged as the industry leader and the preferred new generation technology platform for banks. We look forward to launching Fulcrum in other parts of the world also.’
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