CheckFree i-Solutions Brings e-Billing and Payment to Japan

Tuesday 13 January 2004 11:39 CET | News

CheckFree i-Solutions, has signing an agreement with NTT DATA Corporation (formerly part of the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone [NTT] Corporation) to develop advanced e-billing solutions for the Japanese business and consumer markets. Based on CheckFree i-Series, the leading global e-billing application suite, NTT DATA plans to commence marketing activities immediately.

This partnership brings together two of the most experienced providers in the electronic billing and payments (EBP) industry. NTT DATA is Japans largest systems integrator and payment service provider, and CheckFree is the worlds leading provider of e-billing technology and payment services. Harnessing decades of experience between them, NTT DATA and CheckFree i-Solutions are set to deliver cutting edge e-billing solutions to Japanese telecommunications, utilities, banks, credit card providers, government and other high-volume billers, particularly within business-to-business markets. NTT DATAs strategy is to leverage CheckFrees experience and proven solutions to offer a highly reliable and user-friendly e-billing solution at a lower cost and with shorter development cycles than other providers. NTT DATA believes that with Japans high Internet penetration and increasing requirement for advanced e-billing services, the company is strategically placed to help billers provide differentiating services and a higher level of value-added functionality than their competition. Not only can NTT DATA bring services to market rapidly due to the easy, configurability of CheckFree i-Series, but the wide range of value- added applications and low overall total cost of ownership provides ongoing cost and maintenance efficiencies for NTT DATAs Japanese clients. The choice to partner with CheckFree was made after an exhaustive examination of other leading e-billing vendors and followed a stringent process of analysis and due diligence. The CheckFree i-Series software proved it could support complex Japanese business-to-business e-billing applications through its ability to store and manage complex hierarchical data structures, a powerful range of data analysis and graphing tools and the solutions proven scalability. At the same time, i-Series offers a rapid and low cost deployment, facilitated by its open architecture and a comprehensive suite of powerful application design and administration tools. A functionally rich Web-based customer service representative interface caters for improved customer care and results in a reduced workload within call center operations. Of particular benefit to the Japanese market is CheckFree i-Series ability to offer fully internationalised applications - extending essential double-byte character set support to Japanese billers. In the final analysis, not only did the CheckFree i-Series software come out ahead of other products, but CheckFree as an organisation was also the first choice. NTT DATA was impressed with the companys solidity, its well-established partner program and its list of existing blue-chip production clients across the Asia Pacific region which already includes major fixed and mobile telecoms operators in Taiwan, Australia and Malaysia.

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