NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leader in omni-channel solutions, will take over the complete operations of the ATM network of Sparkasse Jena in July 2017. This is an expansion of the existing managed services agreement covering incident and cash management, which has been in place since July 2016. This is first time that NCR's Pulse Banking app, which displays the operating status of the self-service device network in real time, will be used for operation management at a financial institution in Germany. NCR was selected in the course of a modernization project during which Sparkasse Jena replaced the Microsoft Windows XP operating system throughout the self-service device network. Sparkasse Jena took advantage of this technology renewal to re-visit their overall business strategy and re-focus their staff to support the savings bank's core business activities. Sparkasse Jena had already commissioned a cash-in-transit (CiT) company with cash logistics and cash management in 2013. When around 100 self-service systems had to be replaced in 2016, the bank decided to place the maintenance and operational responsibility for their ATM network as well as the management of the CiT company, in the hands of a single service provider. The decision was made in favor of NCR's managed services model. NCR's APTRA Opticash solution is being used by NCR's Cash Analysts to cost effectively manage cash demand. NCR's managed services implementation saw a smooth transition from the on-going operations and in only three months after beginning the service agreement NCR was achieving 99 percent ATM availability. "It was a very ambitious project, with a tight implementation time," explains Mike Neubert, department manager operations at Sparkasse Jena. "We knew NCR as a reliable partner from a previous migration project. NCR had already proved itself as a project partner at that time and did again in the new tender. Both sides learned and adapted quickly and we both will benefit from the insights in future projects."