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By Michael Scheibach, Executive Editor, BankNews

MichaelCommunity financial institutions are scrambling to stay competitive in a changing marketplace. Yet, while the headlines focus on new technology, such as mobile banking and remote deposit, a more fundamental concern for many FIs is maintaining the multitude of equipment needed to operate efficiently and cost-effectively, from computers, copiers, printers and related hardware, to more sophisticated ATMs, drive-up equipment, intercom systems and digital surveillance systems. Read more>>
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