As a European specialist in wholesale securities services, an independent bank that connects financial institutions both within Europe and across the globe and that, moreover, serves pension funds, insurers, asset managers, banks, brokers, and investment companies from offices in Amsterdam, London, and Wiesbaden, KAS BANK is very aware of the need to understand exactly what a given set of data is saying.
To KAS BANK, a top 100 SWIFT® user, transparent compliance regulations are mandatory. With this in mind KAS BANK teamed up with OpsLogix and together they invested in building a SWIFT® Intelligent Management Pack to actualize monitoring of SWIFT® components, including SWIFT® Alliance Gateway and Alliance Access, within System Center Operations Manager™.
Ronald den Oudendammer, SWIFT® Administrator at KAS BANK and responsible for the daily regulation and monitoring of KAS BANK’s SWIFT messages, experienced the following:
“By using the SWIFT® IMP we are able to monitor multiple SWIFT Alliance Access™ components and SWIFT Alliance Gateway® components in one single (System Center Operations Manager™) monitoring product. This enables KAS BANK to detect issues instantly and resulting in quicker response times.”
On the processes of monitoring, reacting and forwarding alerts, he concluded with:
“Within the SWIFT® applications it is rather simple to decide to which level we want to be informed without changing anything in the SWIFT® Management Pack itself.”
When design and implementation was complete, Pim van der Horst, Managing Partner Addition Knowledge House™ and former CIO KAS BANK, concluded with the following:
"SWIFT® is the lifeline for financial institutions. Payments, securities transactions and statement of accounts between financial institutions are all done through SWIFT®. Problems and Incidents with SWIFT® can cause major losses to a financial institution. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that any malfunction of the system can be prevented and detected as soon as possible. In a Microsoft® environment SWIFT® can be integrated in the Microsoft® Monitoring Tool SCOM. With the OpsLogix SWIFT® Intelligent Management Pack this can be realized in a short time frame and at low costs. In this way operational losses can be reduced to a minimum.
OpsLogix makes our reality in terms of challenges, a reality in terms of solutions.”