BIAN builds global momentum

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The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), a not-for-profit association that builds banking technology standards, has appointed two new figures to its board of directors – joining from Bangkok Bank and UBS – as well as four new members to its wider community.

BIAN is expanding its global presence with the addition of four international members into its standards ecosystem. Joining from the US are community-oriented bank, First Niagara, and CSC, a leader in information technology services. They are accompanied by Asia’s global investment bank, Nomura.

US-based organisations First Niagara, and CSC join the network to drive banking innovation with the support of BIAN’s architecture framework. In working with BIAN, financial institutions and service providers have a safe place to exchange information and knowledge, supporting the sector’s transition to newer, non-proprietary technologies.

BIAN has also signed its latest academic partner Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). They are now working together to establish how best to include the BIAN framework into projects and course offerings for CMU’s Masters students in Information Systems and Management (MISM).

Hans Tesselaar, executive director, BIAN: “BIAN is experiencing tremendous growth, with our global membership continuing to increase across different regions. All of our members are subject to the same challenges, through either the provision of IT systems as a vendor or provider, or attempting to upgrade legacy systems in-house. These challenges have accelerated interest in banking standards, and we will continue to collaborate with the world’s top IT architects to finalise a worldwide framework for all financial institutions.

“Alongside our new members, we have appointed two new people to our board of directors, who are at the top of their field in prominent, international banks. At BIAN, it is crucial that we work with the world’s best infrastructure specialists when such demands are placed on the technologies behind financial services. I am extremely pleased to welcome both Stephan Murer and Ian Gillard to our board of directors and look forward to working with them to expand our presence in different global regions.”

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