NBP partnered with Microsoft for Acquisition of Microsoft Licenses with annual support

BANKING BUSINESS

Karachi:National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) yet again partnered with Microsoft and Premier Systems to continue and enrich its relationship to embrace technological progression and IT Digital Transformation at a signing ceremony, held at NBP Head Office, Karachi.

The event was attended by Mr. Tariq Jamali (President NBP), Mr. Shahid Saeed (SEVP / CIO), Mr. Shahnawaz Khan (EVP/ Head-Infrastructure & Technology Division, ITG), Mr. Abid Zaidi (Country Manager- Microsoft, Pakistan) and Mr. Arshad Raza (CEO – Premier Systems).

Mr Shahid Saeed, at the ceremony said that ‘Information Technology Group (ITG) is playing a unique role in NBP’s journey towards implementing tomorrow’s digital initiatives. He also said that IT’s Digital transformation is a long-term commitment and a journey, which also presents multiple and complex challenges, for which ITG is fully committed. The contract with Microsoft helps NBP and ITG to simplify some of the challenges through implementation of latest Microsoft offerings, products and services bundled with 24×7 technical support, planning services, end-user and technical trainings and unique technologies with Software Assurance to ensure that all products are available to NBP with the latest versions.

Mr. Shahnawaz Khan said that “Digital Transformation needs an effective empowerment from the top leadership to see the business through the lens of the digital mind-set”. He also said that NBP must create and support a technology led culture and make changes to IT Infrastructure with specific digital roles and goals to execute the IT digital transformation which in return will advocate for the bank’s digital journey. He also highlighted that partnering with Microsoft will help NBP enhance its Infrastructure Digital journey through implementation of latest, agile, people-oriented, innovative, streamlined, efficient and easy-to-use Microsoft products which will help leverage opportunities to further enhance bank’s technical capabilities.

Mr. Abid Zaidi said that “Microsoft is committed to work with NBP to modernize its technology infrastructure and we are excited to partner with National Bank of Pakistan in advancing their Digital Transformation journey. Technology serves as a back bone for Financial Services Institutions to gain competitive advantage and this collaboration will enhance NBP team’s capabilities and increase employee productivity under a secure environment”.

Mr. Arshad Raza said that Digital transformation is an initiative which is a continuous development and addition of new technologies and trends. Premier Systems is associated with NBP for last few years and has been continuously providing its premium services to the bank. He added that “With the vision of IT Senior Management, we have more challenges this year and in the coming years and hence, Premier Systems is dedicated to fully support NBP in its Infrastructure Digital transformation journey. He also said that “With these implementations and combine partnership of Premier Systems and NBP ITG’s Team efforts, the bank will witness the difference.