Monthly Archives: October 2015

Transaction monitoring – who is watching the watchers?

Finding out how to monitor active/active environments without letting the tech get in the way Steve Kirrage, Director of Stanchion Payment Solutions, Middle East. Ask any financial IT operations team what their number one headache is, and the answer is likely to be unplanned downtime. Reducing downtime is easily a top priority for IT professionals working for banks, card services and payment processing companies, where any lag or downtime within the payments processing system is unacceptable. The challenge is that payment systems are getting more complex, rather than simpler which means ensuring large credit card and debit transactions are processed, [...]

2017-10-16T09:03:58+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Postilion Office v5 – what to consider

ACI Worldwide released a significant upgrade to their Postilion Office in July this year. Our tech team investigated it and here are their headline thoughts. Performance is up Firstly, it’s a big upgrade so it comes with some significant improvements, but these come with the need for no less significant infrastructure upgrades. But before you think about the potential costs, let’s look at the ultimate benefit: performance. With massive payments environments such as retail banking or large retailers, there is always so much backlog that it can be almost impossible to find time to run a new process, conduct routine [...]

2017-10-16T09:08:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

From where I sit…

Graham Williams’ view of the world of payments Since winning our first piece of business in the United States in August, Stanchion now operates across four incredibly diverse markets – the Americas, Africa, Europe, APAC and the Middle East. The trends and challenges faced by aggregators, banks and retailers across these markets look different at first, but dig a bit and you find they are remarkably similar. One common factor is that disruption is primarily forced by outside influences, such as changes in government, industry and card association regulations as seen with EMV migration in the US, the move to [...]

2017-10-16T13:48:05+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |