About Me

M. Arthur Gillis CMC, CCP, CDP

    Art Gillis has been working in the computer industry since 1958. In 1974 he established his consulting practice and has conducted 321 computer-related client projects for financial institutions in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe and the Middle East. He is listed by the American Banker as one of the top 25 computer consultants.

    He has written 52 books and business reports, all relating to technology in banking. Trade journals have published 114 of his articles. He has posted 157 blogs in the past three years, all of which even a bank auditor could stamp as "reconciled." He has delivered 91 presentations to banking groups. He has conducted seminars at national banking association conferences and has conducted In-House Computer Seminars for the ICBA. He has also conducted computer seminars for non data processing executives sponsored by Harvard University. He is a faculty member of The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the FFIEC and the OCC.  His blogs appear at Bank Systems & Technology (www.banktech.com/blog).

    He earned a BS degree in accounting from Boston University. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified Computer Professional (CCP) and holds a Certificate in Data Processing (CDP). He is the creator of Automation in Banking, Outsourcing in Banking, Branch-Platform-Teller Automation and Technology for Bank Customers, business reports covering technology trends, statistics and vendor capabilities. He also authored Sorry, Our Computers Are Down and Micros in Banking. He is a member of the GLG Top 5% Leaders Program. He is an advisor to 95 private equity firms.

Specific Areas of Expertise

     •  Systems and operations effectiveness audits

     •  System requirements analysis and development of long term IT strategies

     •  Evaluation of outsourcing as a mode of information systems support

     •  Feasibility studies for in-house computers

     •  Troubleshooting for user departments that get no respect from IT departments

     •  New service feasibility studies

     •  Security risk assessment  -  39 Steps to a Secure IT Environment

     •  Evaluation of bank software packages

     •  Analysis and assessment of data processing costs

     •  Assessment of new businesses for high-tech investment firms

     •  Product development and marketing strategies for IT providers

     •  Bridging the gap between management and IT executives - Executive Training

Professional History

     Computer Based Solutions, Inc., President & Owner, 1974 - Present

     Industrial National Bank of Rhode Island, Senior Vice President, 1969 - 1974

     Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Senior Associate and Acting Handling Officer, 1966 - 1969

     Honeywell Information Systems, Systems Manager, 1960 - 1966

     U.S. Air Force (Strategic Air Command), EDP Officer - Captain, 1957 - 1960

Partial List of Clients

     ABA, BAI, ICBA, AFT     Banknorth Group, Inc.

     Susquehanna Bancshares     NationsBank, BankAmerica Corp.

     Bank of New England     18 law firms

     Promontory Interfinancial Network     Bankers Trust Company

     Citibank          A very large credit card company

     Equitable Bank          First New Hampshire Bank

     Fiserv, BISYS, Alltel, Metavante, EDS, Intrieve, ACS     FDIC, FFIEC, IRS, OCC

     AT&T, NCR, Unisys, IBM, SAIC, Hogan, Nortel, JHA     Hibernia National Bank

     Aurum Technology, CSI, OSI, Morningside     First Commercial Corp.

     Landmark Data Services Corp.     Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank

     1st Mariner Bank          National Westminster Bank

     Northwest Bancorp     United Carolina Bancshares

     180 community banks in 29 states, the Bahamas and Central America                           

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