Banking on the mainframe to drive unprecedented transformation and growth

Published on 11 Jul 2014

With DB2 for z/OS at the heart of our new real-time banking capabilities, we can offer better quality of service and facilities to our customers.

Mike Pighills, Head of IT Services, Nationwide



Deployment country
United Kingdom



Nationwide is the world’s largest building society, and is one of the UK’s top three savings and mortgage providers. Its ambition is to be just as strong in the banking market, with a stated aim of achieving a 10 percent share of the UK market for primary personal checking accounts.

Business need
Customer demand for always-on, multi-channel banking threatened to derail Nationwide’s growth objectives. How could the bank create and support attractive new accounts faster than the competition?

A radical, five-year transformation from legacy core systems to a modern, real-time, multi-channel banking system. At its heart, IBM® DB2® for z/OS® provides unbeatable security, resilience and flexibility.

24/7 availability to support anytime, anywhere banking services. Shorter time-to-market for new accounts. Provides ample scalability to support Nationwide’s ambitious growth plans.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 Query Monitor for z/OS, DB2 for z/OS, IBM Security zSecure Suite, InfoSphere Guardium Activity Monitor, z/OS

System z: zEnterprise 196 (z196), System z, System z: System z running z/OS, Power 595, Power Systems

IBM-SAP Alliance, GBS ISV Community: SAP, IBM Global Business Services, IBM Global Services

DB2 for z/OS, InfoSphere Guardium Activity Monitor, FSS: Banking - Back Office - Core Systems Transformation, FSS: Banking - Front Office - Multi-Channel Transformation, Enabling Business Flexibility, High Availability, Mobile, System z Software, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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