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    How AWS Powers South African Digital Bank TymeBank

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    TymeBank, South Africa’s first fully digital bank, has achieved remarkable success in a short period. Launched in 2019, the bank reached profitability within five years and boasts over 9.1 million customers. This accomplishment is heavily attributed to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud platform that underpins TymeBank ’s operations.

    Cloud-Native Infrastructure for Growth

    TymeBank migrated most of its infrastructure (85%) to AWS at launch, employing a containerized architecture built on Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS. Cobus Frey, Product Owner Global Cloud at TymeX, the bank’s technology engine, credits AWS with providing the scalability and innovation tools needed for TymeBank’s growth. “Everything is in the cloud,” says Frey. “We are now preparing for further expansion. We see ourselves as serial bank builders, and technology drives what we are doing.”

    Business Benefits: Speed, Scalability, and Cost Control

    Frey highlights several key business advantages of leveraging AWS. The cloud enables TymeBank to:

    • Reduce costs: AWS facilitates cost-effective operations, especially when combined with careful management practices.
    • Ensure availability and scalability: The cloud allows TymeBank to handle surges in transactions, such as those experienced at month-end.
    • Bring products to market quickly: The agility of the cloud streamlines product development and launch cycles.
    • Test and innovate rapidly: The cloud environment allows for quick experimentation and implementation of new ideas.

    TymeBank also utilizes AWS AI tools to identify patterns and predict transaction volumes, enabling proactive scaling measures.

    Benefits for IT: Efficiency and Focus

    Running on AWS frees TymeBank’s IT team from managing data center infrastructure concerns like power, cooling, and hardware costs. Additionally, the cloud:

    • Reduces development and deployment times: Frequent code deployments are facilitated by the cloud environment.
    • Automates patching and bug fixes: Cloud-based solutions streamline these processes.
    • Optimizes IT staff allocation: The team can focus on core IT functions instead of infrastructure upkeep.

    Financial Inclusion through Digital Banking

    TymeBank plays a significant role in financial inclusion for South Africans. The bank’s focus on simplicity and accessibility has attracted a large customer base, many of whom were previously unbanked. Frey points out the ease of opening a TymeBank account: “There are no intimidating branches or forms to fill out. People can use our kiosks and get verified with a fingerprint scan. They are approved right away and can walk out with a card to start transacting.”

    TymeBank’s competitive fees, high-interest savings accounts, and free SASSA grant services further contribute to its appeal. The bank promotes a cashless society by offering affordable banking solutions that cater to the unbanked and underbanked population.

    TymeBank’s story exemplifies the transformative power of cloud technology in the financial sector. By leveraging AWS, the bank has achieved financial success while making banking services more accessible to millions of South Africans.

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