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Gene Krause

Gene has been consulting businesses of all sizes for 20 years and providing them with strategic payments and gateway integrations.

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4 Key Considerations for Credit Card Payment Integrations for SaaS With Recurring Payments

By Gene Krause on Jul 1, 2020 2:19:54 PM

Any software application having a requirement to accept payments will most likely need to integrate a credit card payment integration solution. Even applications with a subscription model will likely do so, even though ACH processing lends itself very nicely to models with a recurring payment component. The fact of the matter is that credit cards are the go-to payment modal in the card not present space. If you are part of a team on a SaaS payments project, here are some key areas that you should explore.

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3 Considerations for Your SaaS' Payment Gateway Integration

By Gene Krause on Jul 1, 2020 11:45:07 AM

Having been supplying payment gateway integration solutions for over 20 years now, we certainly hear some common themes when discussing potential integration solutions with prospective clients. As one prospect put it, "I think it's now become part of the developers DNA that Stripe is the defacto integration solution." Who can argue with elegant API's and fairly ease of boarding, right?

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Top 3 Things to Look For in an IVR Payments Partner

By Gene Krause on Jun 1, 2020 1:36:44 PM

Ease of IVR menu flow configuration and editing.

Legacy IVR systems can require developer assets to be used from the IVR payments partner when initially configuring a menu and IVR workflow and subsequent edits should the menu flow require a change. In many cases these can be extremely expensive to the using organization. We have heard instances where a using organization was quoted thousands of dollars to change from using a text to speech engine to using their own recorded voice talent. It should have be be as such.

Topics: IVR Payments
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ACH Tokenization

By Gene Krause on Apr 10, 2020 1:12:43 PM

PCI compliance doesn't apply to ACH Payment Processing, but to utilize a processing platform that is PCI DSS Level 1 certified certainly doesn't hurt security measures around your ACH origination method. NACHA doesn't have an established security certification process like the credit card world does, but they do require that processes, controls and procedures are employed to protect sensitive data like bank account information. Tokenization accomplishes that.

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IVR Payments and Security

By Gene Krause on Apr 7, 2020 1:09:41 PM

Agile Payments has been supplying various types of payments related tools for 20+ years, and one of those tools is Interactive Voice Response which allows companies to collect payments over the phone using automated IVR Payment technology.

Topics: IVR Payments
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Restaurants: Touchless Payments for Carryout

By Gene Krause on Apr 3, 2020 2:58:37 PM

While we are flat in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our payments related inquiries have changed a bit. More companies are looking for ways to accept payments and donations and either eliminating or reducing the normal methods in which they typically accept payments.

Topics: sms payments ivr
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Call Center Payment Processing

By Gene Krause on Mar 23, 2020 4:01:35 PM

Call center payment processing varies from organization to organization in terms of how it is managed, but the most used methods are from one of the following methods:

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What Does a Successful Payment Gateway Integration Look Like?

By Gene Krause on Feb 5, 2020 1:06:52 PM

Ideally, organizations looking for a Payment Gateway Integration for SaaS start considering their options far in advance of the new application going live. Or in the case of an existing application, far in advance of the need to flip the switch on for the payment processing functionality that the new payment gateway integration will be supporting. 

If you'd like more detail you can view our whitepaper on Payment Gateway Intgeration 

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Looking at the Correct Priorities in a Payment Gateway Integration?

By Gene Krause on Jan 27, 2020 10:02:35 PM

We're continually surprised at the differing perspectives and priorities that various organizations and companies have for integrating to a Payment Gateway Integration. However, there is one constant; each and every integrating organization or their client using base that sells a service or product. To put it simply, they are looking to make a profit from their sales via electronic transactions. Aren't we all (profit)?

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Integrating the On-Boarding of ACH Processing in an SaaS Application

By Gene Krause on Jan 14, 2020 1:08:57 PM

Software applications that require payments functionality often can benefit from adding the ACH payment rail. That's especially true for applications that have a subscription or recurring payments component. Thus the application's management or stakeholders will look to various ACH Providers for discussing requirements and finding a solution that meets their needs.

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Media marketing - How to Leverage IVR for Order and Payment Acceptance

By Gene Krause on Jan 14, 2020 1:06:22 PM

Marketing products or services via mass media to consumers can result in an enormous number of consumer responses, sometimes flooding a call center or even some IVR systems. If the media used is television or radio, the consumer responses arrive at a narrow, but predictable time, further challenging an IVR system's capabilities. Having an IVR system that can handle the call load is just one critical issue that media marketers face in fulfilling their customer orders and accepting consumer payments.

Topics: IVR Payments
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Late Payments Acceptance via IVR

By Gene Krause on Jan 14, 2020 1:05:24 PM

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) has been around for quite a while now, and it's use for payments acceptance has grown significantly in recent years. With recent advents in IVR systems along with increased cell phone adoption, businesses and organizations now have more tools to bill their customers and collect and accept late payments by phone.

Topics: IVR Payments
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So You Need an ACH Transfer API - 2020

By Gene Krause on Jan 14, 2020 1:04:32 PM

What is an ACH Transfer API, anyway? Quite simply, it's an API that provides the ability for a software application to integrate ACH processing capabilities for the purpose of providing the application to originate, manage and report on the transfer of funds between bank accounts.

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What are your eCheck API requirements for 2020?

By Gene Krause on Jan 13, 2020 10:18:11 AM

If you're part of a SaaS dev team or a stakeholder and have determined that your application has a need for an eCheck API, have you defined your requirements?

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Where are the ACH API Providers?

By Gene Krause on Jan 13, 2020 10:14:27 AM

ACH API Providers are organizations that provide an API for the purpose of integrating a software application to originate and manage ACH transactions. 

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ACH Payment API Requirement Considerations for 2020

By Gene Krause on Jan 13, 2020 10:13:45 AM

Many software applications have a need to accept payments, and many require the need to integrate payments functionality via an API. For some of these application organizations, integrating to a credit card API isn't enough and have a need to integrate to an ACH Payment API.

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Considering an ACH Payments API in 2020

By Gene Krause on Jan 9, 2020 1:52:17 PM

Software organizations that serve a customer base having recurring payments can better position themselves by integrating to an ACH Payments API. There are many reasons this is true, but the underlying fact that allows this is that these type organizations have a customer base of a subscription nature and who know their customers well.

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ACH API Provider 2020, What Is Needed?

By Gene Krause on Jan 9, 2020 1:51:37 PM

If your organization is looking to integrate ACH payment processing, you likely have compiled a list of what your requirements are that are needed from the ACH API Provider. Integrating organizations can differ greatly in their needs, so be sure to have your transaction flows documented.

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Canadian EFT - API Integration

By Gene Krause on Jan 9, 2020 1:47:29 PM

Many organizations are stuck in the world of managing their Canada EFT transactions by way of file submission. In some cases using antiquated windows software that is limited at best in ongoing maintenance. Fortunately there are Canadian EFT API integrations available.

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ACH Payment Gateway API

By Gene Krause on Jan 9, 2020 1:26:52 PM

While the ACH network is still a batch network, utilizing an ACH Payment Gateway API can do wonders for software applications in enhancing their capabilities by communicating with a real-time communication integration. Let's examine some of the modern communication tools available from these ACH gateways.

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Risks of Direct Deposit Payroll Processing

By Gene Krause on Sep 24, 2019 1:21:44 PM

Recent news has once again exposed the reality that there are inherent risks for a third party ACH processor in handling and processing payroll transactions for a company who handles payroll for multiple companies or even a single company's needs. 

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Property Management, Leveraging an ACH Integration

By Gene Krause on Sep 19, 2019 12:59:12 PM

Property management applications are extremely popular today. There is rarely a week that goes by where we are not contacted by a software application that serves property management in some way or another. Often, we are discussing payments solutions with many at one time.

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Is ACH a Requirement for Applications With a Recurring Payments Component?

By Gene Krause on Sep 10, 2019 3:48:16 PM

Applications that have a subscription component can differ in many ways, but almost universally there is an advantage for the application to integrate to an ACH API for origination and management of recurring payments. requirement, maybe not. Advantage to integrate and offer, most certainly.

One of the common problems that subscription based applications

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ACH Payment Facilitation

By Gene Krause on Jul 15, 2019 10:34:16 AM

The ACH Facilitator : What you must know

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SaaS - Expanding Market Reach to Canada With Payments

By Gene Krause on May 28, 2019 2:15:18 PM

Have a software application with a payments requirement and want to enter the Canadian market? We'll show you how.
Overview
Payment Rails
EFT API
Processing Costs
Recurring Payments
Payment Facilitation

Overview: For software applications, especially those that serve a vertical base of client user organizations, one logical way to expanding market reach is to open up the application to countries outside your initial geographical focus. Often the logical choice is a near or adjoining country. In the case of applications that were born is the United States the choice is commonly Canada.

Topics: Canada
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