IBM and TSA forge payment systems alliance

IBM and TSA forge payment systems alliance

IBM and Transaction System Architects have announced a global strategic alliance to market e-business solutions in transaction management, global payments and consumer e-payment processing for the financial services industry. TSA's consumer e-payment solutions and high-value payment systems on IBM servers are currently used by some of the world's largest financial institutions and retailers.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will jointly market and sell OCM24, TSA's e-payment transaction processing solution on IBM S/390 enterprise servers, and MTS - The Money Transfer System - a global payment processing and risk management system running on the RS/6000 enterprise server and AIX operating system.

Additional solutions and services from IBM and TSA will be available for retail point-of-sale, automated teller machine and wholesale banking applications, and will include IBM middleware and TSA solutions. On sales of OCM24 and MTS to all new customers, TSA will lead with S/390, RS/6000 and DB2 as platforms of choice. IBM will provide consulting, customisation and integration services for joint IBM and TSA solutions.

William Fisher, TSA chairman and CEO says: "We offer more e-business solutions on IBM than any of our competitors, and will use this new initiative to bring even more and better products to our global customer base."

The alliance stems from IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers programme, intended to provide developers' access to new customers and revenue opportunities through IBM's marketing, sales, and solutions resources. In return, developers commit to lead with IBM's middleware, server platforms, and services.

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