CHICAGO -- Officials at Barclays Bank PLC said this week that their "white-knuckle ride" toward a check image-processing system from International Business Machines Corp. is nearing its final destination.

London-based Barclays, one of the world's largest banks, with over $250 billion of assets, has become the first financial institution to take IBM's imaging systems for processing deposited checks out of testing and into day-to-day operation.

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