CCS Technology Group Inc., a leading provider of credit card management systems and support services, is making the move to client/server technology.

The Maitland, Fla.-based software company said it would migrate from traditional mainframe-based platforms to the Unix-based systems of Sun Microsystems Computer Corp.

CCS also said it would use Sun's SPARC/Solaris platform for development and delivery of its products and would work closely with the computer company on product development.

Sun, based in Mountain View, Calif., was "the natural choice as a technology partner because of its expertise in Unix," the widely preferred "open system" platform, said CCS Technology senior vice president Pete Perialas.

He also said Sun was attractive because of its "market share in financial services and the match with our customer base."

"We complement each other perfectly," said Laurie Yoler, global manager for payment systems at Sun. "CCS's market share in payment system software, coupled with the price/performance and scalability of our products, will give customers state-of-the-art functionality at the lowest cost."

The leading supplier of Unix workstations to the financial industry, particularly in trading areas, Sun has increasingly been making its presence felt in the banking market. In another recently announced alliance, it said it is collaborating with Broadway & Seymour Inc. on a "retail bank platform of the future."

CCS's move reflects heightened demand for the more flexible and distributed processing systems that rely on a networked computing architecture rather than a powerful, central mainframe.

Software solutions to be transferred include the VisionPlus transaction management system for revolving credit transactions; the Vision21 retail credit portfolio management system; ProCollect for collections; the Commercial Payment System for authorization, billing, and settlement of business-to-business transactions; and the Trams front-end collection, processing, and routing software.

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