A conclusion that can be drawn from this year's American Banker/Tower Group technology survey - to paraphrase Gen. Douglas MacArthur - is that old banking systems never die, they just fade away.

That's the case with most of the nation's top financial institutions who responded to the 1995 Survey of Technology in Banking: two-thirds of them said at least one of their current core processing systems is over 20 years old. And one-fifth said their oldest production system has been around 25 to 30 years, dating them back to the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

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