Nationwide moves website to Microsoft Azure

Nationwide Building Society, the world’s largest building society and the second largest mortgage provider in the UK, has moved its member website to Microsoft Azure to further enhance its security features and lay the foundations for future innovation.

The move, which was designed and built by Nationwide’s cloud team in collaboration with digital transformation consultancy Contino, will also provide more reliability and stability, as Microsoft’s cloud can better cope with spikes in member demand.

Lottie Coleman, UI design manager at Nationwide, said: “We’ve been modernising our branches, so our website was the next logical step. The design was focused on improving our members’ experience by simplifying what you see on the screen. But as well as refreshing Nationwide’s look, it was equally important to make sure the website was accessible for everyone. By implementing new technology, we’re able to stay modern and react quickly to the ever-changing needs of our members and the industry.”

Having been a user of Amazon Web Services cloud for several years, the move is Nationwide’s first application in Microsoft Azure. Following the successful website launch, the building society now plans to move more workloads to the Azure cloud.

Michael Wignall, Azure business lead at Microsoft, added: “Trust is critical in the financial sector. Customers need to feel confident that they can access services from their bank or building society at any time. By moving to Azure, Nationwide’s website will be more resilient and stable, allowing more members to connect with the building society when it suits them.”