First Niagara Bank, CSC Join IT Standards Group BIAN

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The Banking Industry Architecture Network, a standards group that promotes the use of services-oriented architecture among banks, today announced the addition of two U.S.-based members.

The network, which is based in Frankfurt, Germany, creates blueprints for IT departments to guide them through their implementation of services-oriented software.

The new members include First Niagara Bank, $36 billion-asset community bank in Buffalo, N.Y., and, CSC, a provider of IT infrastructure systems in Falls Church, Va.

The memberships come just over a year after PNC Bank, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., became the first U.S. bank to join the group.

Nomura, an investment bank based in Japan, has also joined the network.

BIAN also announced that it has signed an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to integrate its framework into coursework for its graduate program in information systems management.

"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," said Hans Tesselaar, BIANexecutive director, in a press release. "These challenges have accelerated interest in banking standards, and we will continue to collaborate with the world's top IT architects to finalize a worldwide framework for all financial institutions."

Additionally, BIAN announced the election of two new members to its board.

Ian G. Gillard, an executive vice president at Bangkok Bank in Thailand, will join the network as a director. Gillard began working at Bangkok Bank in 1997 and oversees the bank's mobile banking division.

He will be joined by Stephan Murer, a group technology officer at UBS in Switzerland. Murer joined the bank in November 2013. He previously held senior IT roles at Credit Suisse AG.

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