WebSphere in favour

The Royal Bank of Scotland group, the third largest bank in Europe, is to use IBM's WebSphere middleware as its favoured platform...

The Royal Bank of Scotland group, the third largest bank in Europe, is to use IBM's WebSphere middleware as its favoured platform for Java based systems development.

Serving over 15 million customers, with more than 2,000 branches in the UK and Ireland, the bank will use WebSphere as its strategic Web application serving and middleware environment, and was chosen ahead of similar products from rivals BEA and Oracle.

Steve North, head of strategy and architecture at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Technology says: "This choice was based on IBM and WebSphere's superior ability to meet a specific set of requirements.

"This included a proven commitment to open standards and hardware platform independence; the strongest capability to leverage and integrate with our existing IT infrastructure; and the enhanced development productivity we can achieve through its closely integrated Visual Age and WebSphere Studio tools.'

IBM would not reveal the value of the deal.

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