MANILA, Philippines, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) and The Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), the largest bank in the Philippines, today announced that Metrobank has standardized on CA's total enterprise management solutions to better support the institution's mission-critical networks and applications on the OS/390 platform. With more than 500 branches, Metrobank is the flagship company of the Metrobank Group, the country's largest financial conglomerate. To better support its mainframe-based account services, ATM applications and general ledger operations, Metrobank sought to standardize on an integrated set of management solutions that would give its management team integrated and central control of all resources in its infrastructure. To manage the critical business applications that rely on IBM's OS/390 mainframe architecture, Metrobank evolved a number of nonintegrated third-party management solutions that could not provide the seamless control and scalability that the bank required to meet service level objectives. "Metrobank committed itself to aligning the management of its mission-critical business applications with a reliable partner that could deliver a set of powerful yet homogenous business solutions that will provide the bullet-proof reliability, scalability and robustness our customers require," said Antonio Abacan Jr., president of Metrobank. "We found that partner in CA." CA Chairman and CEO Charles B. Wang emphasized that CA's principal goal is to deliver solutions that support business objectives. "We are delighted to be able to respond to Metrobank's specific business challenges with an integrated solution that addresses every one of its requirements." Metrobank was impressed with CA's integrated suite of enterprise and information management solutions based on the Unicenter TNG Framework for OS/390, and how these solutions could be put to immediate use in Metrobank's operations in Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines. These solutions will enable Metrobank to improve customer service, especially in diagnosing and resolving issues, offer prompt resolution to problems, increase network speed and efficiency, reduce operating expenses, and provide for proper archive and backup controls. By replacing many of its third-party point products with CA's total enterprise management solution, Metrobank will take advantage of a disciplined management infrastructure in which all the bank's resources can be managed from a central console on an exception basis. Metrobank also expects to reap a number of secondary benefits, including reduced total cost of ownership and simplified software license management. The bank engaged CA Global Professional Services (GPS) to assist in implementation and training. The decision to engage GPS allowed the majority of the bank's development staff to continue building the emerging business applications that will keep Metrobank on the forefront of Filipino financial institutions. The Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank) is the largest bank in the Philippines, and is the flagship company of the Metrobank Group, the country's largest financial conglomerate. Metrobank is also the largest capitalized bank in the country and offers a full range of banking and other financial services. The bank, through its expanding branch network, offers banking services throughout the Philippines, and is the leading provider of trade finance in the country. A universal bank, Metrobank has financial and nonallied subsidiaries and affiliates, among them, a commercial bank, a savings bank, two investment houses, a leasing company, a credit card company, the Toyota franchise in the Philippines, two insurance companies and a joint venture with Thomas Cook Travel. Metrobank has more than 500 local and international branches and offices under its aegis, the most extensive for a Filipino financial conglomerate. Outside the Philippines, it has branches and offices in New York, Guam, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Kaoshiung, Taichung, Tokyo, Seoul and London. The bank's overseas branch network has enabled it to service the fund remittances of Filipino overseas contract workers. For more information, go to http://www.metrobank.com.ph. Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world leader in mission-critical business computing, provides software, support and integration services in more than 100 countries around the world. CA has more than 14,000 employees and had revenue of $5.3 billion in fiscal year 1999. For more information about CA, please call 516-342-5224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CA's World Wide Web address is http://www.cai.com. All referenced product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
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