Direction Générale du Trésor et de la Comptabilité Publique (DGTCP), the National Treasury Department of the Republic of Ivory Coast, was established in 1963 to ensure public revenue collections and public expense payments. Today, DGTCP’s remittance responsibilities also cover district, public organizations, national treasury, and national debt financial management; financial market and insurance company surveillance; and financial management of foreign investments in Ivory Coast.
With a civil war lasting since 2002, Ivory Coast was in danger of its retail and commercial banks (mostly French bank branches) closing their counters in 2006, to guarantee employee safety. This made it very difficult for DGTCP to ensure salary payments to civil servants and government officials. To mitigate this risk, DGTCP created, that same year, a retail banking division, which required it to deploy a complete retail banking solution, with high availability, to deliver a complete range of retail banking services and ensure public-employee paychecks.
Working with Oracle partner EU Technology, DGTCP migrated national treasury and retail banking data and applications to two of Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M4000 servers running Oracle Solaris on premise, greatly improving system performance and reducing processing time for these applications by, on average, more than half. By deploying a third SPARC Enterprise M4000 remotely at a disaster recovery site, the organization ensured that its core banking application was operational at all times. DGTCP also deployed Oracle’s SAN storage and StorageTek SL24 tape autoloaders to back up 400 gigabytes of retail banking and national treasury data per day and to store data at the lowest possible cost.
As a result, DGTCP ensured the continuity of national treasury services—such as financial management of districts and public organizations and for surveillance of financial markets and insurance companies. It also increased the reliability and quality of retail banking services across the country, for example by reducing waiting time for clients at bank counters. By deploying a third SPARC Enterprise M4000 with Oracle Solaris, installed remotely at a disaster recovery site, DGTCP ensured that its core banking application is available 24/7—a critical issue for providing basic banking services to the country’s population.
“We are extremely satisfied with the performance of Oracle’s platforms which we have run since 2006, and with the services delivered by Oracle and Oracle partner EU Technology. We therefore saw no reason to consider another vendor than Oracle,” said François Kabran, IT manager, Direction Générale du Trésor et de la Comptabilité Publique.
EU Technology S.A.—an Oracle partner—implemented the Oracle solutions from end to end, working with close cooperation with Oracle partner Capital Banking Solution, which was in charge of implementing the core banking application.
"We are impressed by the high level of performance and reliability of the SPARC Enterprise M4000 servers, running Oracle Solaris, that we have implemented at DGTCP, where the Oracle solution supports a very critical banking environment that requires a high level of efficiency and availability. DGTCP's core banking solution Capital Global Banking performs extremely well on SPARC Enterprise M4000 servers." – Frédéric Rouvier, Chief Executive Officer, EU Technology S.A.