Mexico's Largest Mortgage Lender Chooses Novell for Key Business System

Largest IT project in Mexico puts customer financial transactions on SUSE

Linux Enterprise, saving $4.5 million in hardware and software costs

Oct 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Instituto del
 Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda (INFONAVIT), Mexico's largest mortgage
 lender, has tapped SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise from Novell(R) as its platform
 for customer transactions. Providing services to more than 12 million
 people and 830,000 employers, INFONAVIT has deployed SUSE Linux Enterprise
 as the basis for its new payment collection system. With SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server, INFONAVIT has a stable, flexible platform that enables
 it to provide a high-quality, easy to use service, while streamlining costs
 and administrative processes.
     "We believe the implementation of INFONAVIT's new fiscal collection
 system is the largest IT project ever performed in Mexico, and it is of
 immense importance to Mexican society and the national economy," said Oscar
 Castellanos Peon, IT Service coordinator at INFONAVIT. "SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server gives us a stable, high-performance platform for the new
 solution, and Novell helped us complete the project rapidly and
     After investigating multiple options, INFONAVIT chose SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server as the platform for its new payment collection system to
 increase revenues, reduce operational costs, and streamline business
 processes. The system leverages the SAP* Public Sector Collections and
 Disbursements application, integrated with INFONAVIT's SAP ERP solution.
 INFONAVIT found the SUSE Linux Enterprise solution reduced the cost of
 implementation of the new payment system by more than 50 percent by
 lowering hardware infrastructure investment and maintenance requirements.
 Novell's world-class support capabilities also were a key factor in the
     INFONAVIT achieved a return on its investment in SUSE Linux Enterprise
 in 12 months, based on a combination of improved ability to manage mortgage
 payments and increased internal efficiencies. INFONAVIT estimates it has
 saved approximately $3 million in hardware costs and $1.5 million in
 software licensing, and the stability and reliability of SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server will also help keep the long-term cost of ownership low.
     "INFONAVIT has discovered the advantages that SUSE Linux Enterprise
 Server provides to a company, with the reliability, performance, savings
 and security required for enterprise deployments," said Gaston Pernalete,
 General Director of Novell Mexico. "We are pleased to offer the market a
 strong, flexible and secure platform, that in the case of INFONAVIT
 provides quality performance to 830,000 clients."
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 Enterprise is the best-engineered and most interoperable platform for
 mission-critical computing, from the desktop to the data center. For more
 information on SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings from Novell, visit For more on how customers around the globe are
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