February 19, 2009 09:00 ET

MEPS Selects IBM to Support Interbank GIRO Growth

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA and ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - February 19, 2009) - Malaysian Electronic Payment System (1997) Sdn Bhd (MEPS) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the completion of MEPS mainframe upgrade to the IBM System z9 Business Class (BC) which will enable MEPS to create an advanced and smarter Information Technology (IT) environment to cater to its explosive growth for one of its core services, Interbank GIRO (MEPS IBG).

MEPS IBG is an interbank funds transfer service that facilitates payments and collections through the exchange of digitized transactions between banks.

Under the agreement signed early last year, IBM provided MEPS with a System z9 BC for MEPS IBG's production and disaster recovery sites. The mainframe is connected to an IBM System Storage DS6800 and the TS1120 tape solution. The IBM disk storage and tape solution will provide MEPS with high availability, continuous operations, and data can be quickly recovered in the event of any disaster.

MEPS has invested more than RM 3.7 million (USD 1 million) in the total IBM solution.

The IBM solution will provide more than three times the bandwidth previously available to MEPS. This higher bandwidth will enable MEPS to focus on reducing overall business costs while consolidating and simplifying its IT management. It will also enable MEPS to develop new product features as well as provide faster and more efficient delivery to customers.

Group Managing Director of MEPS Dato' Mohd Hata Robani said, "We are confident that this upgrade will further improve MEPS' processing capability and provide the capacity to accommodate the accelerated growth in IBG transactions. IBM Systems provides more stability and bandwidth as well as security for enhancement initiatives in customer service quality."

"Over the last three years, MEPS IBG has experienced a compounded growth rate of 52%, and as of December 2008 over 36 million transactions worth approximately RM90 billion were processed. MEPS is a strong supporter of the Government's national agenda of migrating from paper-based payment to electronic payment. With more organizations and government agencies pushing and promoting the e-Payment, MEPS IBG volume is expected to continue to grow aggressively," Dato' Mohd Hata added.

IBM Global Technology Services successfully implemented all hardware setup and installation services for both production and disaster recovery sites without interruptions.

IBM Malaysia's managing director Ou Shian Waei said, "With energy costs rising, and power density of new electronics increasing, power-efficient devices are increasing in importance with companies like MEPS. We provided the relevant value propositions that have real short-term and long-term impact on MEPS' business and helped them to realize their goals with our end-to-end products and services."

About MEPS

Incorporated in the 1997, Malaysian Electronic Payment System (1997) Sdn Bhd (MEPS) is wholly owned by the local banks and is the only interbank network service provider that supports domestic, development, Islamic and foreign banks in Malaysia. In addition, MEPS has established partnerships with switching networks in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and China, thus providing bilateral financial services such as cash withdrawal and regional funds transfer. MEPS -- creating empowering and enriching experiences through collaboration with our partners.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    IBM Malaysia
    Chow Mun Yee
    Country Communications Manager
    Tel: 603-2301-8078

    IBM Systems Technology Group
    Mylissa Tsai
    System z Media Relations
    Tel: 917-472-3680

    Malaysian Electronic Payment System (1997) Sdn Bhd
    Zuraida Zainal Abidin
    Corporate Communications Department
    Tel: 603-2072-0122 ext. 151