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New bank drives customer relationships with Microsoft

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Recently-launched Bidvest Bank, which provides foreign exchange and banking services in southern Africa through its retail brand Rennies Foreign Exchange, has implemented Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to improve services to clients. 

Microsoft Gold Certified partner, IS Partners was responsible for the implementation.
Bidvest Bank's niche success includes foreign exchange, trade finance and related activities. The CRM solution encompasses contact management, sales force automation and basic case management components to address the bank’s key objectives of improving customer retention and profitability as well as customer growth and efficiencies.
“Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 has provided a central repository of client based information to be used by staff and executive management. Sales and marketing staff, for example, are primarily responsible for capturing client contact and related information into the CRM system,” says Heath Turner, CRM director at IS Partners.
Bidvest Bank’s product sales stages include client contact, application documentation, credit evaluation and facility documentation. The processes involved in the various sales stages have been automated for each product category, such as credit and non credit, for example.
Basic case management has further ensured that any queries and service related issues can be captured against a client and assigned to the staff member responsible. Excel templates have also been provided for data take-on, and have been populated from the bank’s source systems.  
“All Bidvest Bank’s transactional data resides in two core systems. These include the treasury, derivatives and capital markets system and the debtors and collections management system,” explains Turner. “The CRM system is fully integrated to ensure that new or updated customer information, which resides in the CRM system, can be directly uploaded to the operational systems.”
Gavin Bower, director treasury and corporate banking at Bidvest Bank, says: “The Microsoft-based CRM solution offers ease-of-use, a good fit within our existing environment, a lower total cost of ownership as well as the ability to customise the application to our specialised requirements."