(Holly Springs, NC--May 5, 2015) Paragon Application Systems, the leading independent provider of ePayment testing solutions, is pleased to announce that it is ready to provide Visa EMV consulting services to payment issuers and acquirers who are implementing EMV. Deborah Spidle, Director of EMV Solutions, and Harold Pruitt, Solutions Architect, recently earned Visa EMV consultant accreditation upon successful completion of a rigorous training program.
Independent ePayment Testing Solutions Provider Paragon Application Systems Celebrates 21 Years in Business
(Holly Springs, NC—April 22, 2015) Over the past 21 years, Paragon Application Systems has learned the truth of Jean-Baptise Alphonse Karr’s famous quote, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” We still test transactions that originate with cards—though they have evolved from magnetic stripe cards to EMV chip cards—and new payment types, such as mobile, have emerged. Despite this, the fundamental need to test the reliability of electronic payments systems remains unchanged.
(Holly Springs, NC—April 16, 2015) An EMV migration project opens up the possibility of adding new customer features like PIN change at the ATM. Implementing EMV at the ATM: PIN Change at the ATM, a new whitepaper developed by the EMV Migration Forum’s ATM Working Committee, provides advice for ATM owners and issuers who are implementing EMV and considering adding PIN change at the ATM. Deborah Spidle, Director of EMV Solutions for Paragon Application Systems participated in the development of the whitepaper and was one of the lead authors.
“EMV Acceptance Across Different Payments Channels” Presentation at the Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit
“What ATM Operators are Doing to Prepare for EMV” presented by Deborah Spidle, Director of EMV Solutions for Paragon Application Systems
(Holly Springs, NC—January 26, 2015) The US Payments landscape is changing rapidly with the migration from magnetic stripe cards to EMV chip cards. The 8th annual Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit, February 3-5 in Salt Lake City Utah, will provide the latest development in EMV card payments, mobile payments and transportation payments.
Testingrevolution.com is a New Forum for the Latest Developments in ePayment Testing
(Holly Springs, NC—December 16, 2014) Keeping up with changes in the payments landscape today is a challenge. As payment options proliferate, so does the need for rapid, reliable testing. No company can hire enough people to complete the testing necessary in the time available within a release cycle. Automation of test execution and verification is required and payments organizations need information on how they can optimize their testing programs.
US EMV Implementation for ATMs-The Road Ahead Presentation at the 2014 National ATM Council Conference in Las Vegas
Learn the latest about EMV implementation at the ATM at the National ATM Council (NAC) Conference on Wednesday, November 19 from 11-12:30
(Holly Springs, NC—November 11, 2014) The shift in electronic payments from magnetic stripe cards to EMV chip cards involves significant changes in the payments industry infrastructure, from hardware and software to consumer education. In the US EMV Implementation for ATMs - The Road Ahead presentation at the NAC Conference, representatives from MasterCard, Visa, and Paragon Application Systems will cover:
- EMV Basics
- EMV Overview from Visa
- EMV Update from MasterCard
- EMV Chargeback clarification
Paragon develops ePayment testing solutions to facilitate Continuous Software Delivery for customers and engages Jim Tomaney to provide expertise on refreshing system life cycles and developing business in EMEA
(Holly Springs, NC—September 29, 2014) Paragon Application Systems, an independent, global ePayment testing solution provider, delivers payment system testing solutions to 600 customers in 90 countries. Based on a review of this global market, Paragon concludes that cards payment channels are being left behind by other banking channels as they struggle to deliver business change using 20th Century application life cycles. As an enthusiastic adopter of the Agile Manifesto, Paragon believes the quarterly release cycle is obsolete.
Free EMV webinar on September 17th at 1:30pm EST
(Holly Springs, NC—September 10, 2014) Paragon Application Systems is presenting a free EMV webinar, Implementing EMV at the ATM: Why, How and When on Wednesday, September 17th at 1:30pm. Deborah Spidle, Director of EMV Solutions for Paragon Application Systems, will present the complimentary webinar. The webinar will cover key points from the EMV Migration Forum whitepaper Implementing EMV at the ATM: Requirements and Recommendations for the U.S. ATM Community. Spidle participated in the development of the paper and was one of the lead authors.
New Whitepaper from EMV Migration Forum Provides Recommendations for US Implementation of EMV at the ATM
(Holly Springs, NC—September 5, 2014) Implementing EMV at the ATM: Requirements and Recommendations for the U.S. ATM Community, a new whitepaper developed by the EMV Migration Forum’s ATM Working Committee, addresses the need for comprehensive public information on EMV migration for the ATM channel. Deborah Spidle, Director of EMV Solutions for Paragon Application Systems participated in the development of the whitepaper and was one of the lead authors.
Learn how EMV reduces counterfeit fraud resulting from skimming in the CL@B presentation by Paragon Application Systems on Thursday, September 11 at 3:15pm
Free EMV webinar on June 26th at 1:30pm EST
(Holly Springs, NC—June 18, 2014) Paragon Application Systems is presenting a free EMV webinar, EMV Concepts and Terminology on Thursday, June 26th at 1:30pm. Deborah Spidle, Paragon’s Director of EMV Solutions, will present the complimentary webinar.
A successful EMV implementation begins with a solid understanding of chip card processing. Even to financial industry professionals, the changes required for EMV can be overwhelming. That's why Paragon has developed a series of webinars and online training classes designed to provide a solid foundation in EMV.
(Holly Springs, NC— June 4,2014) Paragon Application Systems has reached a milestone of over 1000 views of their free EMV Online Training Class, EMV in 16 Minutes, which provides an executive-level overview of EMV. Topics covered in the online class include:
- Comparison of a magnetic stripe transaction with an EMV transaction
- Reasons to migrate to EMV
- EMV business drivers
- Challenges and resource requirements of an EMV migration project
(Holly Springs, NC –May 29, 2014) Paragon Application Systems, a leading,independent provider of ePayment testing solutions, announces that it has received Discover D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) qualification for its FASTest, a Host testing solution. QA and developers rely on Paragon’s FASTest for complete simulation and testing of over 114 financial message formats.
Sharp BancSystems Speeds Switch System Development and Certification with Solutions from Paragon Application Systems
(Holly Springs, NC- May 15, 2014) Sharp BancSystems, a nationally recognized community banking software provider, recently licensed FASTest from Paragon Application Systems for function and regression testing. Sharp BancSystems is using FASTest for ongoing testing during the development of their switching system and for financial message testing of their Discover and PULSE formats.
(Holly Springs, NC—May 7, 2014) Twenty years ago, the founders of Paragon Application Systems decided that there had to be an easier way to configure and test ATMs than the manual approach that was used at the time. Armed with knowledge of financial host systems and experience from consulting engagements with financial institutions around the world, they developed their idea into a successful product, ConfigBuilder, and eventually into a successful company.
Paragon FASTest provides simulation and testing for migration from legacy switch
(Holly Springs, NC March 18, 2014) Erste Group Card Processor (EGCP), the internal card processing arm of Erste Group, one of the largest financial services providers in the eastern part of the European Union, recently licensed FASTest, the popular function/regression testing solution from Paragon Application Systems, to speed and simplify their migration from their legacy switch to BPC’s SmartVista.
(Holly Springs, NC- February 25, 2014) DenizBank, one of the top five private sectors banks in Turkey, recently conducted load testing on their payment engine using the stress and load testing solution, FASTress, and professional services from Paragon Application Systems. Their goal was to verify system performance with a new database version.
Oman Arab Bank Speeds Development of Payment Infrastructure with Testing Solutions from Paragon Application Systems
(Holly Springs, NC – February 12, 2014) Oman Arab Bank (OAB), a leading bank in Oman, has licensed FASTest for POS (Point of Sale) from Paragon Application Systems (Paragon) to simulate and test ISO 8583 financial message formats used in their payment infrastructure. Paragon developed a custom POS format for OAB to support their unique specifications.
Featured 3-Hour EMV Workshop Teaches Attendees
“The Why, When, and How of Implementing EMV at the ATM”
(Holly Springs, NC— February 10, 2014) Paragon Application Systems, the only US-based company to have earned MasterCard accreditation for EMV guidance, and SCIL-EMV Academy, America’s EMV migration experts, announce a partnership with the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) to deliver a unique new EMV Payments Workshop. Entitled Implementing EMV at the ATM: Why, When, and How, the three hour workshop prepares the ATM industry for migration to EMV based credit and debit cards in the United States.
Software Group Bulgaria Uses Paragon Application Systems To Enhance their ATM Application Development
(Holly Springs, NC—January 28, 2014) Software Group, a Bulgarian provider of software solutions and services to financial institutions worldwide, recently licensed ATMulator Plus and FASTest from Paragon Application Systems. They were looking for a solution to simulate, configure and test their ATM management products.