NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Connex Credit Union has a new name and a new core computer system. The former Southern New England FCU was the first Summit Information Systems client to undergo the core processor's conversion from the venerable HPe3000 (MPE/ix-based) platform to the UNIX-based HP9000 platform. "The migration was transparent to our front-office staff and our IT team was well prepared by Summit to handle the changes in our back-office administration functions," said John Edwards, president of Connex, which changed its name in June. Summit expects 10 credit unions to make the switch by the end of this year, with the remaining more than 200 client credit unions to be migrated to the new platform by 2006. The Oregon-based Fiserv subsidiary has dedicated 25 employees to the transition process and also plans to partner with an enterprise application management group to help with software transitions, the company said. "This upgrade allows our credit union clients to enjoy the total cost of ownership and efficiency improvements long associated with UNIX. The larger and more diverse a credit union's technology platform becomes, the more UNIX becomes the clear leader," said Kevin Sparks, Summit president..

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