MONETT, Mo. (2/25/09)--Jack Henry & Associates Inc., a provider of integrated technology solutions and data processing services for financial institutions, announced Tuesday that its Symitar division--which provides credit unions with software systems and related services--will offer its 2009 educational conference for its Episys clients in a virtual format. The move comes in response to the many unexpected challenges its credit union clients are likely to face as the result of the corporate credit union crisis, the company said. The company traditionally has hosted its annual conference in San Diego. For its Episys clients, Symitar will absorb the conference cost. “We have had numerous discussions with our clients during the past few weeks, and their message is clear--this is no time for business as usual,” said Kathy Hooker Burress, president of Symitar. “Most of our clients are slashing if not entirely eliminating their travel budgets. But they do not want to miss out on the great educational opportunities we provide at our conference. According to Jack Prim, CEO, Jack Henry & Associates: “We work hard to put the needs of our clients first. So while we would like to meet personally with our credit union clients in San Diego, especially in 2009, we believe these clients will be better served this year by a virtual event.” Symitar, a division of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., is a provider of integrated computer systems for credit unions of all sizes. Symitar serves more than 700 credit unions as a single source for integrated, enterprise-wide automation and as a single point of contact and support.