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Sberbank of Russia is the 3d largest bank in Europe, accounting for over 27% of the aggregate Russian banking assets and 26% of the banking capital (as of January 1, 2011). Today Sberbank is a modern universal bank offering a broad range of financial services to different customer segments. Sberbank serves 300M accounts through the largest Russian branch network with 17 regional head offices, 19,292 branches distributed over the country (9 time zones).

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To support its complex organizational structure and multiple businesses run through a country-wide branch network, Sberbank utilizes numerous multifunctional IT solutions. One of such solutions is xBank system used to support Sberbank’s retail banking functions in one of its regional branch networks. But due to the use of legacy tech- nologies, xBank could not provide the required performance, flexibility and scalability to support the bank’s centralization plans and ensure quick launch of new products and rapid modernization of business processes.
Diasoft offered to Sberbank a cost effective approach to the project of xBank transition to a modern technological platform capable to support the bank’s development strategy.
Instead of a long full scale replacement of Sberbank’s retail system, the company developed a plan for the renovation of the existing solution through the automated conversion of its source code to modern Java services.
With this cost effective and low-risk approach, Sberbank could capitalize on the investments and years of work spent on perfecting legacy software and acquire an advanced orchestration mechanism for the better performance and successful future development. The xBank renovation at Sberbank was fulfilled within the limited time schedule. It was realized considerably quicker than an average project for a full scale replacement or rewriting of a legacy solution would require. The advanced technologies used to run the renovated solution allowed for a number of technological and business advantages ensuring the support of the bank’s strategic development and competitive positions on the market.
Business benefits Technical benefits Future plans
Flexible tools for integration with third party modules or services Increased transformation ROI and access to the modern future proof business Access to the advantages of Service-Oriented Architecture and Java development tools High availability, performance and scalability Upgradeability through modular design and open architecture Data integrity and system centralization Opportunity to consolidate the distributed IT infrastructure of the largest Russian retail bank without unification and streamlining its business processes
Sberbank is sure that Legacy Renovation will both support its immediate business plans and provide a reliable consolidated platform for its further dynamic growth and service enhancement In the coming years Sberbank plans to continue driving business growth by relying on technological advantages of Legacy Renovation with the replication of the renovated solution in several other regional branch networks in accordance with the bank development strategy The important part of the project will include re-engineering of business processes and IT solutions of these banks to reach their unification and centralization and implement more advanced practices for further maintenance and development of the overall IT-architecture Significantly, Legacy Renovation allows for simultaneous operations of both the solution being created and legacy system. This mitigates the migration risks and allows a step-by-step transition to the renovated platform without negative impact on the daily business operations Ability to easily and quickly create new financial products and services for better quality of banking services Opportunity to independently create and modify business processes and realize new functions without engaging Diasoft’s specialists or highly skilled programmers Reduction of costs related to the implementation, operation and maintenance of the solution due to its openness, scalability and strict adherence to industry standards No need to engage expensive programming resources required to support legacy solutions Considerably, all the business processes and business logic are kept unchanged allowing the bank to avoid negative impact on the bank operations
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