Erste Bank Hungary Zrt., Hungary’s second-largest bank, serves more than 900,000 clients. The bank has 141 branches, operates 450 automated teller machines (ATMs), and manages several thousands point of sale (POS) terminals. Erste Bank Hungary is the country's second-largest issuer of credit and debit cards, and its transaction volumes have grown 10% each year since 2008. The bank is part of Austria’s Erste Group, which was founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank.
Erste Bank Hungary needed to back up its business-critical credit and debit card transactions running on BASE24 (the world’s leading payment engine for credit and debit card transactions) in real time and replicate data to Oracle Database 11g for performance monitoring. Oracle GoldenGate enabled the bank to avoid outages resulting from system failure and minimize downtime during system upgrades, thus ensuring a high level of customer service. With Oracle GoldenGate, Erste Bank Hungary also cut its storage overhead requirements and reduced application development costs by avoiding the need to engage BASE24 specialists to write reports on cardholder transaction data.
Erste Bank Hungary chose Oracle GoldenGate for its ability to provide nonintrusive, dynamic replication of its transactional data between heterogeneous systems while preserving system performance through its low overhead on the source and target databases.
“We preferred Oracle GoldenGate for its unrivalled ability to deliver nonstop replication in a high availability environment between Oracle databases running on Itanium and from Itanium to x86 architectures. The price/performance it offers is unmatched,” said Gabor Toth, head of card support department, bankcard operations, Erste Bank Hungary Zrt.
Erste Bank Hungary carried out the Oracle GoldenGate implementation in only nine days, using its in-house IT resources.
“Oracle GoldenGate does not require complex programming or installations, which made it relatively simple to implement,” said Gabor Toth, Head of Card Support Department, Bankcard Operations, Erste Bank Hungary Zrt.