Ariba & Xactly Streamlines Sales Compensation Management

Ariba business commerce network is using Xactly “Incent” to manage sales commissions across regions and provide real-time visibility and intelligence to sales reps and management. Ariba combines cloud-based applications with the world’s largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. It allows businesses to connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Ariba uses Xactly “Incent” to efficiently manage more than 60 different compensation plans across 567 sales and services employees, being paid in 20 currencies.

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Live Gamer Partners PaymentOne, Expand mPayment Options

Live Gamer digital commerce and advertising platform for the interactive entertainment industry added PaymentOne to its platform to expand global mobile payment options. PaymentOne’s AnyPhone platform offers end users the simplest means possible for making in-game purchases with their mobile phones. With this, PaymentOne becomes an integrated payment provider in Live Gamer’s platform, enabling AnyPhone as a mobile payment option for Live Gamer’s impressive list of customers. With flexibility to simply charge one time transactions and/or recurring subscriptions to mobile, landline and broadband bills, PaymentOne’s AnyPhone provides high conversion rates, payouts and fast payment cycles.

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Terremark Cloud Earns PCI Compliance

Terremark received certification that six of its cloud-enabled data centers are compliant with the PCI DSS version 2.0. Terremark’s commercial and government customers that process credit card transactions can manage and house their business-critical applications knowing the supporting infrastructure is protected at the industry-recognized standard for payment-card security. Terremark underwent an extensive evaluation of its policies, procedures and technical systems by a third-party qualified security assessor. The examination also included on-site assessments and an audit of Terremark’s system wide vulnerability scan program at these data centers. Terremark data centers also achieved various other certifications and are backed by stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and are supported by a number of redundant subsystems designed to alleviate single points of failure throughout the delivery path.

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T-Mobile Commits to Small Business Quick Payment

T-Mobile USA committed to small business as the first wireless carrier to offer Square credit card readers from San Francisco-based Square, Inc. in select retail stores. When T-Mobile’s 4G smartphones running on its 4G Network are combined with Square, small businesses can accept credit card payments in the U.S. nearly anywhere, anytime, with the money from transactions sent for deposit into their bank accounts the next business day. Paired with T-Mobile’s affordable small business plans, aggregated business applications, equipment financing and trade-in services, and in-store support, this allows small businesses to maximize their wireless investment and transform their business.

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Xsolla Partners ZIpZap, Targets Unbanked/Teen Segment

Xsolla gaming payment options partnered with ZipZap alternative payments. ZipZap’s “CashPay” payment option lets those without bank accounts or credit cards pay for virtual currency in their favorite games using their extensive cash payment network, which includes over 700,000 payment centers worldwide. At least 50% of the gamer population, especially tweens and teens, do not have access to traditional financial services. Others prefer to pay with cash because they are concerned about credit card safety and privacy of their personal information. ZipZap’s CashPay is currently available as a payment option in Heroes of Newerth (S2 Games), Social Networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, and other games.

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KDDI to Ship NFC Phones

KDDI will begin unrolling mobile NFC (Type A/B) services from late January 2012. Mobile phones equipped with mobile NFC services (referred to below as “NFC mobile phones”) will allow users to use an array of specialized functions, including a “card function” that enables payment services like electronic money and credit as well as electronic coupons and electronic membership cards all on a mobile phone platform, a “reader function” that enables information reading by sweeping an NFC mobile phone over a poster that contains an NFC tag, and a “peer to peer function” that enables information exchange between NFC mobile phones or by sweeping an NFC mobile phone over an NFC compatible device.

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EBA Clearing Posts 78% Increase in Sepa Transfers

EBA CLEARING announced that its STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer Service witnessed a 78 percent volume increase over the past 12 months. In December 2011, STEP2 SCT handled on average over 2.4 million transactions per day. Since the launch of the SCT Scheme on 28th January 2008, EBA CLEARING’s PE-ACH platform has been playing a leading role in facilitating the European banks’ migration to SEPA: STEP2 SCT currently processes more than a third of the SEPA Credit Transfers channelled via ACH infrastructures. Close to 120,000 transactions were processed on average per day, which is six times more than during the previous month.

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Sequent Launches NFC Middleware for Apps

Sequent Software mobile NFC software and services announced its breakthrough technology, Core Card Services (CCS). Sequent’s CCS unlocks NFC innovation for app developers, making it possible for any mobile app to seamlessly integrate NFC payments, ticketing, coupons, ID badge access and more. Sequent developed CCS with a consumer first mindset to help app developers create more trust, loyalty and richer branded experiences.

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Wincor Nixdorf Launches Cash Dispensing/Recycling Systems

Wincor Nixdorf is complementing its Cineo product family with two multifunctional talents for indoors. The “Cineo C2080” is a multifunctional cash dispenser and the “Cineo C4080” a multifunctional cash recycling system. The “CINEO C2080” can be subsequently upgraded to a cash recycling system. The “CINEO C2080” is a cash dispenser that accommodates up to four intelligent cassettes, which can be exchanged between devices from the CINEO family and are the foundation for Wincor Nixdorf’s Cash Cycle Management Solutions. The CINEO C4080 can be fitted with up to five cash cassettes and so offers a high storage capacity and flexibility as regards denominations.

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Payfirma Updates mPayment App

Payfirma mobile payments for businesses made available its next version of its m-payment app. Making accepting credit cards on iPhones and iPads faster than ever before, the app also has a sleeker design that doubles the speed to make transactions. Businesses can now access real-time transaction reporting with daily, weekly, and month-to-date sales keeping merchants on top of their business. Each transaction is tagged with the location of the sale, so merchants and their customers can see their transactions on a map, right on their mobile device. This gives small businesses a new set of business intelligence to improve their sales and also increase security.

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Intelligent Environments Achieves PCI-DSS Level 1 Compliance

Intelligent Environments digital banking provider has achieved PCI-DSS Level 1 service provider status. The Level 1 standard means that IE can support a wider breadth of banking and payment services. This is a key step in the company’s business growth plans as the global demand for mobile financial services moves from purely information-based to richer, transaction-based functionality. With this, new hosting facilities were commissioned, more than 30 PCI-related policies were written and implemented, and an information security officer hired, demonstrating ie’s level of commitment to enhancing and maintaining its compliance standards.

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\”RISK-ADJUSTED REVENUE\” FOR CARDS RISING, & WHY THAT MAY BE SURPRISING GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In a continuing series of year end card trend reports, card advisor R.K. Hammer has issued their findings for the most recent reporting period that indicate card industry revenue is up – not total revenue, but the more important “Risk-Adjusted Revenue” (RAR). Total revenue is good, but risk-adjusted is better. Company…

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