Bluefin joins Applied Partner Program; Extends Bluefin’s PayConex Platform to Applied CSR24
October 19, 2015 – Atlanta, GA and University Park, IL – Bluefin, the leading provider of secure payment technology for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), enterprises, financial institutions, and small to medium-sized businesses, and Applied Systems, the leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance, today announced that Bluefin has joined the Applied Partner Program as a Solutions Partner and will provide Bluefin’s integrated PayConex payment processing to U.S. independent insurance agencies using Applied CSR24. Through this partnership, agencies can strengthen their client relationships by offering policy premium payment online with the click of a button through their online Applied client self-service software, enabling their clients to manage their payment schedule when and how they prefer.
The Applied Partner Program is a technology and industry partnership program focused on increasing the availability of best-in-class software and enhancing automation and connectivity across the independent insurance distribution channel. The Applied Partner Program is open to leading technology providers and organizations across the industry and advances Applied’s strategic focus on partnerships to deliver value-added capabilities that further automate workflows, increase data consistency and accuracy, and drive a connected insurance experience. Applied Solutions Partners embed third-party functionality into Applied’s solutions to provide users with new, best-in-class capabilities to further automate workflows and drive business operational efficiencies.
Bluefin develops security solutions for a variety of industries and vertical markets. Within the ISV space, Bluefin provides integrated payment processing and security solutions through their PayConex platform. Partners integrate PayConex into their software offering, providing a seamless customer payment experience. Bluefin’s integrated solution includes security features such as PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization.
In March 2014, Bluefin became the first company in North America to receive PCI validation for a P2PE Solution, PayConex P2PE. PayConex P2PE secures card transactions by encrypting all data within a PCI-approved point of entry swipe or keypad device, preventing clear-text cardholder data from being available in the device or the merchant’s system.
“We are excited to partner with Applied Systems and empower their agency and brokerage customers with our integrated PayConex P2PE solution,” stated Guido Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer, Bluefin. “Applied Systems is committed to protecting card data and providing secure payment technology to their clients, and we are very excited that they have chosen PayConex as the secure payment engine behind their innovative insurance agency management software.”
Applied Systems is the world’s largest provider of agency and brokerage management systems, automating the insurance lifecycle for more than 13,000 agencies and brokerages and 450 insurers worldwide. Applied CSR24, the leading online client self- service software, enables agencies and brokerages to meet today’s insurance consumer demand for anywhere, anytime access to information by providing 24/7 access to insurance policy information, claims filing and processing, premium payments, and insurance documents through a custom-branded client portal available on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Applied CSR24 seamlessly integrates with agency and brokerage management systems, reducing manual administrative tasks and allowing agents and brokers to devote more time to serving customers and securing new business.
“Consumers today are more willing to research, purchase and interact with the insurance industry in new ways – and increasingly on their own terms,” said Michael Howe, senior vice president of Applied Systems. “In partnering with Bluefin, an industry leader, we enable our clients to expand their online client self-service experience by providing an anytime, anywhere premium payment offering to increase client satisfaction and retention.”