PA Computers and Telecommunications Ltd is sharpening up its act for an assault on the City of London spearheaded by its Applied Systems Centre, a specialist in tackling the unusual in telecommunications and computer problems, and will be holding a series of seminars in the City in an attempt to step up its activities in the financial community.Centre manager Bill Loose explains that in the wake of de-regulation, many financial institutions are now standing back and taking a long hard look at their technological requirements. They are realising that the systems they paid so much for, and in such a hurry, are actually far from adequate or even appropriate. Many are now becoming aware of the problems they have, and are realising the complexity and sophistication of their requirements, he says. The Applied Systems Centre has recently gained divisional status within the Pactel organisation, which covers areas as diverse as specialist recruitment, management consultancy and communications and networking expertise. The Centre, as a separate entity, acts as a trouble-shooter, drawing on the resources offered by the rest of Pactel as well as by outside suppliers, on top of any bespoke hardware and software produced in-house. The group has already tackled a number of City projects with customers including LIFFE – the London International Financial Futures Exchange, Citicorp, SWIFT – the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions, and the Midland Bank, with skills embracing such areas as data communications gateways, monitor and control systems, training simulators and the integration of Expert Systems.