Finacle helps in slightly modernizing workflows that were originally developed within a mainframe context.
In particular, Finacle's idea of upgrading from the mainframe paradigm is similar to the undertakings done by various free/libre/open source and proprietary software to create an HTML-based UI for existing green screens.
One malus that Finacle has, compared to its competition, is its ability to somehow take away the one advantage a green screen (and a possibly HTML 5-ized view thereof) has: speed through simplicity.
Finacle is dependent on Java 7, with no support for later versions.
Please note that Java 8 is the last long-term-support Java version to support applets.
Please note that, if the applets that drive Finacle have been developed within standards, then said applets should have worked in Java 8.
You know, the version that has security updates?
Incidentally, Finacle only works in Internet Explorer, which is admittedly the last, and at this point, the only browser that supports Java applets.
This bad combination of technologies could have been easily justified if the resulting functionality it has introduced to Finacle is at least on par with its hoity-toity HTML 5-driven brethren.
In particular, the main reason why applets are even used by the process seems to just be the following:
(Applets are not safe, hence the removal of their support from every browser whose acronym cannot be pronounced as a scream for help. IE. Aieee.)
* To allow for pop-ups to appear when additional login information is required, even though IE supports pop-ups.
* To allow for querying information as you type them in a field, which is supported by every browser. In particular, the underlying technology behind it (XMLHTTPRequest) existed in IE _first_.
Finacle has been a significant source of problems in our workplace, due to the aforementioned problems with its performance, stability, and all-around user hostility.
That being said, since we were automating Finacle in the first place, most of the problems are at this point experience not by the poor, poor employees of the organization, but are in fact experienced by the the poor, poor robot (yes, singular) tasked by everyone else to handle Finacle in all of its finicky glory.