Habib Bank UK Transforms Its Fixed Asset Accounting and Tracking Processes With Help from Real Asset Management (RAM)

Feb 01, 2016, 05:47 ET from Real Asset Management

ORPINGTON, England, February 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Habib Bank UK has made the decision to overhaul its existing bespoke fixed asset solution and replace it with Real Asset Management's (http://www.realassetmgt.co.uk) integrated fixed asset accounting and tracking software , in a drive to modernise its current processes and increase the visibility and accountability of its asset base.

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As the first European branch of Habib Bank Limited to be opened in 1961, Habib Bank UK has been serving the banking needs of the South Asian community in Europe for over 54 years and has a network of 11 branches with 9 in the UK and one each in Switzerland and the Netherlands. Its parent company, HBL was not only the first commercial bank to be established in Pakistan (in 1947) but is also the largest Pakistani bank nationwide with almost 1600 branches across the country. Additionally, it has a global presence, being represented in 20 other countries. 

Habib Bank UK was keen to move its systems to a newer version of Windows which would have resulted in a large amount of bespoke development work. It had reached the point where support, as well as functionality for the existing solution was limited, and the decision was made to invest in a best of breed, off the shelf system. Ali Asghar, IT Manager at Habib Bank UK comments, "As a growing organisation, it was crucial that we updated our IT systems and set in place more future proof software to reflect and support this growth. RAM's reputation and strong client base, particularly within the banking/finance sector, was a key factor in our decision to purchase RAM's system, as was the user friendly and feature rich nature of the software."

Habib Bank UK needed a centralised system to control and track its 1,000 strong asset base which consists largely of office and IT equipment, furniture and buildings. From a financial point of view, its key requirements are to calculate and run off monthly depreciation and to ensure compliance with both internal and external audit requirements through the provision of detailed financial reporting. Asghar continues, "It was important to choose a solution which could produce in depth reports and provide us with different levels of analysis. We were very impressed with the range of pre-built reports covering historical data within the RAM system as well as the flexibility to be able to create our own when required."

Habib Bank UK will also be utilising RAM's mobile asset tracking application alongside the asset register to perform physical audits on a quarterly basis. The bank had previously undertaken the exercise of bar-coding its assets and will now have the facility to track their movement and whereabouts using its existing smartphone and tablet devices. Asghar comments, "Being able to track asset location and status with minimal cost and resources will be invaluable in imposing more control over our asset base and ensuring that business assets can be identified quickly and easily."

Asghar concludes, "We are looking forward to the increased benefits that the new software will bring and feel confident that by having a fully supported system and the expertise of RAM to tap into, we will transform our asset management processes and take them into the 21st century."

Real Asset Management (RAM) is a leading provider of fixed asset management and logistics software & services. Over the last 30 years, its products have been implemented by more than 3,000 organisations in over 70 countries.

RAM, the leading supplier to the UK public sector, has successfully implemented software across 1000 Commercial companies, 180 Housing Associations, 100 Local Authorities, 150 Central Government sites, 200 NHS Trusts, 90 Educational Establishments and over 250 MoD sites worldwide. 

The company has developed a powerful range of software modules around a central data repository that enables organisations of any size to manage every aspect of the asset lifecycle. Its asset management solution offers fixed asset accounting, capital project control, lease accounting, asset budgeting, asset tracking (utilising barcodes/RFID/NFC technology) and computerised maintenance management.

For further information, please contact:
Karen Waite                    
Real Asset Management                
Tel: +44(0)1689-892139                
E-mail: kwaite@ramplc.com                

SOURCE Real Asset Management