Standard Bank moves over to AWS
Standard Bank has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider with the intention of migrating its production workloads, including its customer facing platforms and core banking applications, to the cloud.
Standard Bank Group will leverage AWS services, including data analytics and machine learning, to automate financial operations and enhance customer facing web and mobile applications.
The migration to AWS will take place across all business units, subject to approvals from local regulators, including Personal Banking, Wealth, Corporate Investment Banking and Insurance, driving a more personalised banking and investment experience for customers.
Standard Bank Group cites AWS’ portfolio of cloud services and commitment to security as a reason for the move.
“Our vision is to be Africa’s leading financial services organisation and to achieve this we have chosen to work with the world’s leading cloud,” says Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank. “For Standard Bank Group to remain a leader in African financial services, we recognise we need to adopt a cloud-first approach to our business.”
The South African Reserve Bank has confirmed the bank can make the move while keeping in line with compliance.
The bank will also take up services like Amazon SageMake, to advance fraud detection and launch new business initiatives.
There will be a team within the bank focused on facilitating the migration to the cloud and building AWS training and certification programmes for employees. AWS and Standard Bank will also collaborate on cloud education and digital skills programmes across Southern Africa.