Bell West Community Credit Union (BWCCU) is a full service financial cooperative for members. The credit union provides checking, savings, loans, and a variety of other services. Members get more for their money and a better financial deal with BWCCU. Systech helped Bell West Credit Union ensure regulatory compliance while streamlining IT by leveraging Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Services.
Bell West Credit Union had encountered a need to upgrade their hardware and software to ensure that compliance standards of the financial industry were met since Windows 2003 Server and
Windows XP had reached end-of-life. As well, BWCCU wanted to consolidate two separate locations into a single, unified location. As with most organizations, BWCCU has accumulated various different workstation hardware on different operating system versions. This aging hardware was beginning to lead to compatibility issues with their main line of business banking application and was affecting employee productivity and regulatory compliance. Systech was tasked with designing a solution that met all industry compliance standards and unified the hardware and software platforms. Another concern was the compatibility of new hardware or software with their LOB banking application which did not yet support Windows 8 and was also ending support for Windows XP. Additionally, Systech recommended moving from their current POP3 based email platform to hosted Exchange through Microsoft Office 365 to expand their capabilities. Our solution was a complete upgrade of server and workstation hardware. Systech migrated Bell West Credit Union away from their Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012R2 while also standardizing their workstations on Windows 7 to ensure compatibility to the newly upgraded LOB banking software.
The end result for Bell West Credit Union was streamlined business processes, more responsive and agile IT infrastructure with less concern over maintaining an in-house Exchange Server, consistency across hardware and operating system versions, and most importantly Bell West Credit Union now exceeds all industry compliance standards.
Locations are unified
BWCCU now has seamless communication and administration of services between their two locations. This simplifies their IT management and the time it takes to administrate both sites.
Office 365 Email in the Cloud
Now that email services are based in the Office 365 cloud, email is no longer dependent on one site’s internet connection. Further, they have advanced archiving and compliance capabilities that are native to Office 365. This helps them automate their industry compliance.
Full Industry Compliance
BWCCU is now on mainstream, supported Operating Systems for their servers and workstations. They also enabled consistency between sites which allows for policy to be applied to all users uniformly, regardless of proximity.