Hewlett Packard (HP) today signed a US$1.8 million (KES 162 million) contract with the Kenya Women Finance Trust Deposit Taking Microfinance Limited (KWFT) to upgrade the latter’s Information Communications Technology systems and revamp its primary data center.
HP’s new state of the art Superdome 2 solution will be the new technology for the Data Centre. KWFT’s client base stands at over 450,000 and this solution.KWFT has a total of 215 business outlets, including 10 deposit taking branches in Kakamega, Eldoret, Nyeri, Mombasa, Nairobi’s River Road, Malindi, Kericho, Kisii, Embu and Migori with three additional opening soon in Machakos Kitale and Nanyuki. Several other deposit taking branches are scheduled to be opened across the country in 2011.
The HP East Africa (EA) Managing Director Mr. Ken Mbwaya said KWFT’s technological advancement complimented the new way of delivering value to customers and citizens instantly dubbed as the Instant-On Enterprise. The HP Instant-On Enterprise, technology is everywhere that matters, from disparate mobile devices to global data centers.
“We have converted KWFT into an Instant-On financial institution with technology to deliver flexibility, automation, security, insight and speed. These are technology imperatives delivered through HP solutions including the HP Application Transformation, HP Converged Infrastructure, HP Enterprise Security, HP Information Optimization and HP Hybrid Delivery. With these solutions KWFT is able to deliver IT services faster and more reliably than ever” Mr. Mbwaya added.
To supplement the extensive geographical presence, KWFT clients use GSM mobile money transfer services to remit savings and loan repayments and the institution is currently implementing a robust mobile banking system that will see our clients enjoy the services round the clock from their convenience.