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Credit Suisse Unifies IT Infrastructure on Three Continents Using BEA Technology

'JavaAP' supports 'One Bank' strategy of Credit Suisse

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEAWorld -- BEA Systems, Inc. , a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced that Credit Suisse is creating a unified, global IT infrastructure using BEA WebLogic(R) Server and BEA WebLogic(R) Portal. This strategic program, named 'One Bank,' is an important step in the Swiss bank's transformation into an international financial services provider. The project is focused on the roll-out of the Java Application Platform (JavaAP) in Europe, Asia and the USA. With this project, Credit Suisse plans to achieve competitive advantages for its IT based services and products.

Time and cost savings with a unified application infrastructure

Credit Suisse currently uses a Java Application Platform in its Zurich headquarters, which manages approximately 250 applications. The core of this J2EE-based platform is BEA WebLogic Server. An important advantage of the BEA technology is the strong support for industry standards, which enables the integration and portability of applications, as well as easy integration with third party software, peripheral and backend systems. To help ensure the worldwide adoption of all Credit Suisse applications in the future, the company has decided to implement JavaAP across its operations in Asia and America. BEA WebLogic Server can help ensure the needed stability and performance necessary for a broad enterprise deployment.

"The rollout of the platform is currently being realized in New York. The rollout for Singapore has been processed successfully in only one year -- including the pilot installation," explains Roger Suess, Global Head Web Enterprise Platforms, Technology Infrastructure Services, Credit Suisse.

"Now, we can develop an application anywhere and use it worldwide," describes Suess. "In the past everything had to be reprogrammed three times or developed from scratch before we were able to use an application at a new location."

Through centralized planning, the development costs are expected to decrease significantly in the future and the operational costs will be much lower. A rough estimation shows that the project cuts down several months of infrastructure development and implementation time, which represents a considerable cost savings.

Similar branding for all services with a standard portal framework

Credit Suisse is also moving towards a unified IT infrastructure with the adoption of an innovative portal solution. Users who are currently using a variety of different portals as their front-end interface will be migrated to the BEA WebLogic Portal framework. The new portal solution will help generate significant cost savings because numerous small, partly self-developed solutions will be replaced with one standard solution.

This unified solution also simplifies global branding efforts and makes the fast combination of new services for customers and employees possible. Suess explains, "All of the services are available over the new portal internationally in a standardized look and feel. This ensures the delivery of high quality services in every country." Right now Credit Suisse is converting the first major applications over to BEA WebLogic Portal.

With the worldwide JavaAP rollout and the unified BEA portal solution, Credit Suisse is working towards a unified IT infrastructure. This project represents a trend-setting and ground-breaking initiative and for the bank a potential competitive advantage in the marketplace. The Technology Infrastructure Services department will be able to deliver an end-to-end solution for the bank and to manage its application platform centrally. This can generate significant savings compared to other solutions, where IT must manage separate business-oriented infrastructure units individually.

"At Credit Suisse there is no more integration overhead or barriers to portability," says Suess. "We are extremely satisfied with BEA WebLogic Server as the core or our Java platform. In the near future we will migrate to the latest version of BEA WebLogic Server to benefit from new developments and innovations being delivered by BEA."

For more information about BEA WebLogic Server and BEA WebLogic Portal, visit http://www.bea.com/weblogic.

About Credit Suisse

As one of the world's leading banks, Credit Suisse provides its clients with investment banking, private banking and asset management services worldwide. Credit Suisse offers advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is active in over 50 countries and employs approximately 45,000 people. Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group, is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at http://www.credit-suisse.com/.

About BEA Systems, Inc.

BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to transform their businesses by building a Liquid Enterprise(TM) can be found at bea.com

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