Going to Sapphire 2016? Drop by booth 1146 and chat with CardConnect.
CardConnect is known for creating the best in ERP security technology for the payments industry. Our flexible SAP-certified integrations offer a secure avenue for accepting payments, while simultaneously cutting costs and reducing PCI-scope.
Our payment experts are available during Sapphire to discuss how to make payments within SAP simple, secure and 100% PCI compliant.
by Chelsea Palo
Chelsea is CardConnect's Partner Marketing Manager and a big fan of yurts.
Learn How to Integrate Secure Credit Card Acceptance into SAP S/4HANA® at the 2018 GRC and Financials Conference
We are just days away from the annual SAP-focused GRC and Financials conference, jointly sponsored by SAPinsider and SAP®, on February 12-15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. CardConnect couldn’t be more excited to join the conversation centered around maximizing financial operational excellence, reducing risk, and managing compliance in SAP®.
This is year is particularly exciting as CardConnect’s payment integration achieved the SAP-certification for SAP S/4HANA®. The distinction means our payment integration passed rigorous SAP-issued tests proving our solution could seamlessly integrate with SAP S/4HANA® without disruption - even in the event of an upgrade!
Payment experts, Al Czenski and David Curl, will be onsite in booth 1440. If you are like most SAP customers and are considering a SAP S/4HANA® migration, we encourage you to stop by our booth to learn how easy it is to integrate secure electronic payment security and processing services directly into the system for greater processing speed and maximum data breach protection.
During the conference, Al and David will also deliver an in-booth, presentation packed with tips, tricks and best practices around securely processing credit cards on mobile devices and integrating transactional reporting back into to SAP for complete financial visibility.
Want to learn more, but can’t attend the event? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to send you a copy of the educational event presentation and answer any questions you may have.
Feb 1 2018
Beyond Compliance: How a Texan Utility Provider Used Integrated Credit Card Acceptance to Improve Member Satisfaction
Could it be? Everything really is bigger in Texas including, say, cybersecurity and credit card processing headaches? While some might eagerly agree, after working in the payment security industry for over a decade, we’d say most utility providers suffer from the same concerns like: how to protect debit/credit card and member data against malware or other sophisticated cyberattacks, how to improve the customer experience, how to ensure PCI compliance without breaking the bank and lastly how to track all of those new transactions with effective reporting.
That’s why we’d like to invite all utility providers needing an integrated secure credit card solution to attend the ASUG Georgia Chapter Meeting on February 23rd at the Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
During the educational SAP-focused conference, Janice Smith, Senior IT Manager of Back-Office Systems at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Mark Cuneo, one of CardConnect’s PCI-certified Payments experts, will discuss how Bluebonnet integrated credit card security and processing services seamlessly into SAP, which allowed the organization to increase member satisfaction and security.
Other topics include how Bluebonnet was able to:
Secure incoming electronic transactions across call centers and brick-and-mortar locations, while removing payment and member data from its networks and SAP
Achieve bank readiness, while drastically reducing the scope of PCI compliance audits
Eliminate the need for members to handover to credit cards to complete transactions
Create custom reports for full visibility on the entire transaction lifecycle
Interested in learning more, but cannot attend the event? Please email us at email@example.com. We would be delighted to send you a copy of the event presentation and answer any questions you may have.
Women in Business
Jan 29 2018
A Look at Today’s Women of the Payments Industry
It was a year full of growth and expansion for women in the technology and payments industry in 2017. For many companies, the number of women in tech departments is increasing yearly, and with several growing organizations focused on encouraging further engagement, there’s no sign of this trend slowing. Google estimated last year that 19 percent of their female employees were in technical positions, up from 17 percent in 2016. On a grander scale, 26 percent of the computing workforce today are women. When asked about the future of women in payments, Liz Gombosi, Product Manager at CardConnect, believes it doesn’t come down to gender, but opportunity.
“I think we will continue to see more women become exposed to the option of working in the tech industry. They will be introduced to it at a younger age and there will likely be a greater amount of women who choose this line of work. With that being said, ultimately for every job I believe that it is all about the opportunity,” said Gombosi. “Women have more access to choose what they want in life than ever before. If we continue to let our talents shine, there will be more and more opportunities. Men and women should be able to pursue whatever they have an interest in, and previously boundaries or unspoken biases will simply fall to the wayside; as they should.”
One woman recently acknowledged for her tenacious pursuit of knowledge is Cheryl Nash, president of Investment Services at Fiserv. Nash was just honored with a 2017 InvestmentNews Women to Watch award. She was selected along with 19 others from a group of several hundred women for her impact on the financial services industry. But Nash’s commitment to furthering the payment industry extends beyond her presidential obligations. She also leads the Women in Wealth Management initiative, which is created to attract college-aged women to financial services and wealth management careers.
Nash is an archetype of the tech female today. With such small representation in numbers, the strength of females in the payments industry is elevated through platforms which encourage one another to experiment, develop and and make impacts in the industry. Kirsty Duncan is another notable player in the payments industry, and she’s also the founder and CEO of Women in Payments, a global initiative aimed to bring together female payment innovators in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. The initiative kicked off in 2012 in Canada, and also offers global mentorship programs which function to give women a platform and voice in the industry. For example, Duncan recalls almost 70-80 percent of speakers at most payment and technology conferences are male. Women in Payments offers a majority of female speakers at their conferences in order to help minimize the gender gap, and strengthen female presence and visibility.
Monica Eaton-Cardone, co-founder of ChargeBacks911, is an technical innovator who identified a problem in the industry, and took it upon herself to fix. In her early career, Eaton-Cardone was a retail entrepreneur who faced constant heavy chargebacks on card statements. Rather than accepting this aspect as “business as usual,” like many told her, Cardone attacked the problem without any background in technical training. In doing so, she helped develop a program which solved universal issues involving measuring risk and tracking secure payments. This technology is now adopted by many other banks and merchant companies.
The efforts of these women have helped to identify solution gaps in the payment industry, overall adding to the creation of an improved experience for both consumers and retailers. Hanna Fields, Software Engineer at CardConnect, shared her thoughts on how the combined efforts of both male and female colleagues are essential for success.
“Having two other female colleagues on my team is something I value a lot. From my perspective, the success of female software engineers depends on two things: first, the engagement of women who are willing to work in a male-dominated environment, and secondly, the involvement of men who are willing to mentor women,” said Fields. “I feel very fortunate that my first experience in agile software development was at CardConnect. Every member on the app development team has mentored me at one point, which has been critical to me successfully completing my job.”
Another accomplishment worth highlighting is First Data’s recent recognition in Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index along with roughly 100 other companies. The Gender Equality Index measures gender equality through employee policies, company statistics, external community support and engagement, and gender-conscious product offerings.
The technology industry is one that is constantly evolving, and hopefully in 2018, we’ll continue to see this evolution through an increase in the number of women getting involved in tech all over the world.