I’m finally recovering from Tech Ready. Last week was incredibly busy, and I learned a lot about recently-released and upcoming products, especially those that have the potential to help our customers improve their branch banking infrastructure.
All of these products and features share a common goal: reducing the “branch tax”, which is a more concise way of saying “the inherent overhead involved with setting up and managing information systems at a remote branch location.”
In the category of general guidance around planning for branch deployments, the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution for R2 has been updated. One of the key improvements to BOIS is the inclusion of modular System Design References (SDRs) that walk you thru the Design Considerations, Design Stages, and Design Options for a variety of subject areas (e.g., Directory Services, File Services, etc.). This approach makes it easier to tailor our guidance to fit more easily with the heterogeneous environments that actually exist in the real world of bank branches.
Other interesting tidbits, in no particular order:
There are more features, and I’ll keep blogging them as I run across them, but this is a good start. By addressing manageability and bandwidth consumption, we’re helping to reduce the branch tax and make life in the branch more productive.