Backbase and GFT sign European partnership agreement

GFT will implement Backbase’s Bank 2.0 Portal Software at multiple financial services customers.

24 APRIL 2012, BARCELONA / AMSTERDAM
Summary
The GFT Group (FAR:GEX), a leading international provider of innovative Information Technology (IT) solutions and services, and Backbase, the Bank 2.0 specialist, today announced the signing of a partnership agreement to enhance sales, service and delivery of both companies. Focusing on the European market, GFT will implement Backbase’s Bank 2.0 Portal Software at multiple financial services customers.
We are happy to be able to work with GFT who has long-standing relationships within the financial services industry in Europe along with the technical implementation expertise our customers are looking for,” said Jouk Pleiter, Backbase CEO. 

When it comes to partnerships we are always pleased to work with innovative technology companies. Backbase provides the kind of Bank 2.0 functionality that financial customers are seeking,” said Marika Lulay, COO of the GFT Group. 

Web 2.0 is already experiencing the consumerization of banking technology, as customers demand the same user-friendly and social experience they receive from companies like Amazon, Apple and Facebook. The legacy systems inherent in financial institutions have often held them back, unable to respond to the rapid changes caused by the mobile revolution, or the change in customer behavior patterns caused by social networking. 

Backbase understands these challenges and is enabling financial firms worldwide to provide new digital touch points and ways for users to interact with financial firms. As mobile devices and behavior evolve, Backbase and GFT can offer banks the opportunity to regain the competitive edge, refocus on a user-centered online experience and make the most of their current systems.

The partnership combines GFT’s vast technological expertise in the financial services sector and its experience as a systems integrator with Backbase’s knowledge in portal solutions as a Bank 2.0 Portal specialist. This agreement will help Backbase to provide the best service to its customers as it continues to experience rapid growth. GFT has deep roots in the financial services industry within Europe and is able to summon the highest level of expertise with regards to implementation for Backbase customers and prospects.


About GFT
As a strategic IT partner based in Stuttgart, Germany, the GFT Group helps companies optimize their business processes by providing intelligent IT systems and highly skilled specialists. Under the motto “inspiring IT”, GFT converts cutting-edge technological developments into sustainable business models. 

GFT is one of the world’s leading IT service suppliers for the finance sector. It enables financial institutes to quickly and securely utilize modern technologies in order to enhance their long-term competitive standing. GFT combines established technological experience with comprehensive industry expertise, in order to develop, implement and maintain customized IT solutions. With its international network of experts, GFT offers companies in all sectors the opportunity to flexibly manage the staffing of their technology projects. 

For over 25 years, GFT has stood for technological expertise, innovative strength and outstanding quality. Founded in 1987 by its current CEO, Ulrich Dietz, GFT achieved revenues of around €248 million in 2010. The GFT Group is represented in seven nations by its 22 local facilities. A global team of over 1,300 employees and 1,300 external consultants implement complex IT projects across various nations. The GFT share is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard: WKN 580 060, GEX).

About Backbase
Backbase delivers Bank 2.0 Portal software that provides a new, user experience layer on top of underlying infrastructure and IT systems. It gives financials the opportunity to create interactions that link customers to relevant information and applications to fit their needs and preferences. With its modern, widget-based architecture Backbase Bank 2.0 Portal provides the flexibility and speed to create modern portals that truly empower the customer.

Unlike most traditional IT portal vendors, Backbase has created a contemporary, business-driven portal solution that makes portal management easy for e-business professionals. This means faster time to market and more flexibility to optimize online channels with less IT support.

The unique Backbase approach enables financials to drive self-service, fuel online revenues and turn their online banking channel into a true Customer Engagement Platform. Global financials such as ABN Amro, AIG, Al Rajhi Bank, Bank of America, Barclays, ING, UBS and Visa have improved their online customer interactions and maximized online customer experience, retention and conversion, by leveraging Backbase’s Bank 2.0 technology.

Backbase was founded in 2003 and is privately funded with operations in New York, London, Moscow and Amsterdam.
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"We are happy to be able to work with GFT who has long-standing relationships within the financial services industry in Europe along with the technical implementation expertise our customers are looking for." Jouk Pleiter, CEO & Co-Founder of Backbase
"When it comes to partnerships we are always pleased to work with innovative technology companies. Backbase provides the kind of Bank 2.0 functionality that financial customers are seeking." Marika Lulay, COO of the GFT Group
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About Backbase

Backbase is a fast growing fintech software provider that empowers financial institutions to accelerate their digital transformation and effectively compete in a digital-first world.

We are the creators of the Backbase Omni-Channel Banking Platform, a state-of-the-art digital banking software solution that unifies data and functionality from traditional core systems and new fintech players into a seamless digital customer experience. We give financials the speed and flexibility to create and manage seamless customer experiences across any device, and deliver measurable business results. We believe that superior digital experiences are essential to stay relevant, and our software enables financials to rapidly grow their digital business.

More than 80 large financials around the world have standardized on the Backbase platform to streamline their digital self-service and online sales operations across all digital touchpoints. Our customer base includes Al Rajhi Bank, ABN AMRO, Barclays, CheBanca!, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Hapoalim, HDFC, Hiscox, ING, KeyBank, Legal & General, NBAD, OTP, PZU, PostFinance, Societe Generale de Banque au Liban and Westpac.

Industry analysts Gartner, Forrester and Ovum recognize Backbase as an industry leader in terms of omni-channel banking platform capabilities, and award the company high marks for its deep focus on customer experience management and unparalleled speed of implementation. Forrester named us a leader in the Forrester Wave for Omni-Channel Banking.

Backbase was founded in 2003, is privately funded, with headquarters in Amsterdam (HQ Global) and Atlanta (HQ Americas) and regional operations in London, Mumbai and Singapore.

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