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In 1995 First Citizens (FC) implemented the “DataStore for Windows” data archiving solution from Hitec Laboratories in the UK, which is distributed and supported by Savannah Computing. This was the solution of choice for First Citizens.

DataStore was originally implemented to archive and retrieve computer generated information such as statements and internal reports.

Following many regular updates and requirements over the last 15 years, First Citizens have now upgraded to include the DS32 COLD and PDF file archiving capabilities to allow further user access to archived operational data.

“Keeping in pace with our business goals and objectives, we saw the need to improve on data access, faster turnaround time associated with retrieval and most importantly to improve our response levels to our customers. We decided therefore to upgrade our DataStore solution in order to achieve these results” commented Warren Sookdar, Chief Information Officer, Information and Communication Technology at First Citizens.

Jeremy Crame, Hitec CEO said “I am delighted that our first Customer in Trinidad continues to benefit from DataStore after fifteen years, and that the Bank has chosen to extend the use of DataStore even further”.

DataStore is also capable of archiving and indexing document images, native PDF documents, MS Office documents (Word, Excel, PPT and Email) as well as computer printed reports (COLD).

Front Left: Warren Sookdar, Chief Information Officer – Information & Communication Technology, First Citizens & Donald Kelshall, Managing Director, Savannah Computing. Back: Gregory Bissessar, Senior Manager Service Delivery, First Citizens

About First Citizens

First Citizens’ operations are fully computerized with state-of-the-art technology available at all its branches and units, which are complemented by a very large and varied electronic banking network. It is a member of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (S.W.I.F.T.), which links it to the financial world.

First Citizens is a leading bank in Trinidad and Tobago and offers a complete range of services to satisfy the needs of customers, including international investors. It is particularly noted for innovation in product development, its unique services to promote and develop international trade and also, as the pioneer of excellent packages of services for special markets.


About Hitec Laboratories

Established in 1991, Hitec have grown the customer base dramatically to include an impressive list of high profile clients from various industry sectors. Over 500 installations have been successfully completed worldwide with revenues continuing to grow. Continued investment and commitment in respect of research & development has enabled Hitec to expand significantly in the Electronic Document Management marketplace.

Its exceptional growth is a result of increased brand awareness coupled with an excellent reputation in the field, which has led Hitec to become one of the leaders in the EDM market.


About Savannah Computing Limited

Savannah Computing is a software services company based in Port of Spain, Trinidad that provides financial products and consulting services to the major financial and business sectors in the Caribbean.