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IBM Announces System z Solution Edition for Chordiant Applications To Help Clients Offer More Profitable Products and Services


ARMONK, N.Y. - 18 Dec 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the addition of a System z “Solution Edition” for Chordiant applications to help clients leverage the mainframe data that currently resides at major companies, such as financial institutions and telecommunications companies.  The new offering allows clients to improve revenue through enhanced products and services for customers, to mitigate risk and to increase customer retention.

The new Chordiant Solution Edition now makes ten System z Solution Editions available for clients to bring more workloads to the System z mainframe.  To date, IBM solution editions include integrated hardware, software and services packages that are attractively priced for enterprise Linux, data warehousing, application development, disaster recovery, security, electronic payments, SAP applications, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and cloud computing. 

Aimed at existing mainframe clients, the Chordiant Solution Edition allows System z users to bring more capabilities to the platform by managing and optimizing the utilization of customer data on the mainframe.  By allowing the collocation of the Chordiant applications with System z data, clients can now inherit the mainframe’s powerful performance, security, availability and resiliency for customer experience management applications.  Chordiant’s customer conversation optimization features can help clients recognize hidden buying patterns or specific transactions, making that data immediately actionable and driving additional revenue opportunities.  For example, the Chordiant Decision Management solution suite consists of Next-Best-Action™ capabilities to improve customer retention by guiding conversations across every channel, determining and adapting actions as the interaction occurs.  The Chordiant Foundation Server solution suite which drives multi-channel consistency and collaboration are now available on System z for integrating disparate customer applications, databases and procedures. 

“Our customers are competing fiercely in the global financial services market.  For example, many banks, insurance firms lack a single view of their customers across multiple lines of business,” said  Marchai Bruchey, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Chordiant.  “By running Chordiant on System z, clients can now extract valuable data about how their customers interact with them across multiple channels, from call centers to ATMs to online transactions to brokers and branch sites. Clients can connect account origination issues, disputes, servicing, underwriting, and retention to create more targeted products and services aligned for multiple business units.” 

“The Solution Edition for Chordiant was created after hearing from some large customers that they wanted to run customer experience applications on System z for all the quality of service benefits and long term economics of the mainframe,” said Ray Jones, vice president of System z software sales at IBM.  “Clients will benefit from reducing their server sprawl by bringing more workloads to System z.  For the data center, consolidation of applications on System z means lower power usage, less floor space requirements, lower software licensing fees and fewer IT administrators needed to support new application deployments.”   

The two Chordiant application solutions now available on System z include: Chordiant Decision Management and Chordiant Foundation Server, running on z/OS and using WebSphere® ApplicationServer for z/OS and DB2® for z/OS. 

For more information about IBM System z, visit www.ibm.com/mainframe 

For more information about Chordiant, visit www.chordiant.com 

About Chordiant Software, Inc.
Chordiant software optimizes the customer experience, helping clients improve business results while significantly strengthening customer relationships. Chordiant’s solutions allow multi-channel interaction management and centralized Next-Best-Action™ driven predictive decisioning to target individual customer needs and provide unprecedented management and control over sophisticated customer experience strategies. Fortune 1000 customers turn to Chordiant to build, maintain and significantly strengthen connections with customers, so they can differentiate themselves from the competition and maximize their business objectives. For more information please visit www.chordiant.com.

Contact(s) information

Mylissa Tsai
IBM Media Relations
917-472-3680
tsaim@us.ibm.com

Mo Mahmoud
Eastwick Communications for Chordiant
650-480-4058
Chordiant@eastwick.com

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