Allica Bank partners Microsoft for cloud

Allica Bank has partnered with Microsoft Azure to help it better serve its small and medium-sized business customers in the UK.

Sean Sitton, head of technology at Allica Bank, said: “Microsoft Azure is a well-known platform among engineers and developers and has given us the scalability and flexibility we need to meet our business objectives as the bank grows - the whole lifecycle with Azure made the choice to work with Microsoft much easier.”

The bank received its banking licence in September 2019, launching quickly afterwards.

Allica Bank worked closely with Microsoft's Fast Track team to build a system within Azure that would keep customer data safe and comply with regulations.

Using three data centres, as well as having a separate back-up data centre in Western Europe, Azure helps make IT systems more resilient.

Also, in order to make better decisions, the bank uses PowerBI to visualise the data they have on Azure.

Simon Bateman, chief information officer at Allica Bank, said: “As the bank continues to grow, we will be introducing more products to the market to support the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses, so scalability will be critical.

"With our ambitions for rapid growth, we need to be able to react and adapt environments quickly, safely, and securely."

He continued: “Microsoft’s flexible technology was critical, too, in helping us to transition to a fully remote-working environment in response to the COVID-19 crisis."

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