Thursday, July 31, 2008
(New York, N.Y. – 31 July 2008) – ACI Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading international provider of software for electronic payment systems, today announced the latest version of BASE24-eps™, the company’s market-leading software for online payments processing. BASE24-eps Release 1 Version 08.2 offers standard support for IBM’s “blue stack” database, middleware and security capabilities on the IBM System z platform. It also features enhanced security and a more flexible infrastructure to easily accommodate future updates and compliance regulations such as the latest Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS). Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the strategic alliance announced by ACI and IBM in December 2007. One of the hallmark goals of the alliance included technology solutions to help financial institutions meet aggressive growth objectives. ACI’s payment engine will bring IBM’s flagship mainframe capabilities to front-end systems, priming these complex and disparate networks for the industry’s most powerful virtualization, security and scalability.
BASE24-eps offers optimized enablement of IBM System z blue stack components including DB2, WebSphere MQ, application management, and security. The new version provides system enhancements to the communication services running in a z/OS environment. It also enables application management processes to run in a z/OS environment and to integrate with IBM’s Tivoli Monitoring solution.
Security upgrades offer support for IBM’s Crypto Express2 for cryptographic services and integration with RACF for access control and auditing associated with z/OS users and WebSphere MQ resources.
ACI enhanced the infrastructure of BASE24-eps to ease the work associated with maintaining the software as customers respond to evolving market requirements. New Version 08.2 interfaces expand connectivity to regional networks worldwide such as France, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. The software is used to manage electronic payment devices, acquire transactions, and perform high-volume switching, routing and authorization services.
Mark Vipond, president of global products at ACI, said, “Shaped by input from our global customer base, Version 08.2 offers our clients a more flexible payments solution that now combines ease of manageability with industry-leading performance and scalability. We are aligned with IBM to help customers deploy the software with dedicated implementation teams that will allow customers to take full advantage of BASE24-eps on IBM’s System z platform.”
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About ACI Worldwide, Inc.
ACI Worldwide is a leading provider of electronic payments software and services to major banks, retailers and processors around the world. The company's solutions enable online payment processing, online banking, fraud prevention and detection, and back office services such as settlement, account management, card management and dispute processing. ACI solutions provide market-leading levels of reliability, manageability and scale to over 800 customers in 88 countries. Visit ACI Worldwide at www.aciworldwide.com.
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