ACI opens new Denver area office.
On July 15, ACIers in the Denver metropolitan area moved into ACI’s newest permanent site space in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The local team of about 20 ACIers quickly became acclimated to their new desks, printers, and phones, and they were treated to breakfast and lunch to welcome them to their new workspace.
ACIers in Watford, U.K., recently hosted 30 schoolgirls aged 9-13 for the site’s third Coding for Girls one-day coding camp. The camp built on the success of the first two editions and was booked within days of registration opening, which is a great source of pride for the local coordinating team.
During the most recent camp, Amelia Ruiz Heras, Principal Solution Consultant, and Rasika Limje, Senior Technical Consultant, led campers through engaging presentations, tutorials and basic coding exercises. The campers asked challenging questions of several ACI volunteers in attendance and picked up coding concepts quickly while working out solutions for themselves.
ACI Worldwide was recently recognized as ‘Best Real-Time Payments Solution Provider’ at the Ovum Payment Innovation Awards. The awards, presented as part of the PayTech Awards 2019 in London, honored industry leaders in the areas of real-time payments, open banking, and cloud payment systems.
ACI's UP Real-Time Payments solution was chosen by a panel of independent judges for its extensive capabilities, as well as its demonstrated business impact; serving a wide range of real-time payments requirements and delivering an integrated portfolio of value-added services. Currently, ACI supports real-time payments around the world, including an unmatched global customer base across Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Europe and throughout North America.
In June, ACIers from the company's Singapore office volunteered at Habitat for Humanity's Global Village build event at nearby Batam Island. Habitat for Humanity has been building houses on Batam Island since 2004 and has completed more than 800 houses to date. Batam Island is the nearest Habitat build location to Singapore and is a just short ferry ride from the city.
When the team arrived at the build site, they learned they had an important mission to accomplish—they needed to complete the house's foundation. To achieve this, they had to work on two primary tasks: preparing the metal rods for the foundation and mixing cement with sand. They were all determined to finish their mission and not even the hot and rainy weather could dampen their spirits.
Customers take center stage at ACI Exchange 2019
On June 17-20, ACI welcomed 300 payments experts representing customers from more than 30 countries to Washington, D.C. for the annual ACI Exchange customer conference. The four-day event saw thought leaders from some of the world's top banks, financial intermediaries and merchant organizations come together to connect, learn and share ideas to tackle pressing payments issues and emerging trends.
“The idea behind ACI Exchange is simple: let's get some of the most passionate, smartest payments professionals in the world together and let the innovation percolate,” explained David Mitzenmacher, SVP, Customer Success. “It's about facilitating conversations about real business problems, discussing how ACI can add value to our customers and how they can add value to each other, analyzing use cases and pursuing solutions together.”
ACI invests in Mindgate Solutions
On June 3, ACI announced it is making a strategic investment in Mumbai-based Mindgate Solutions, India's leading digital payments company as well as the country's market leader in processing UPI (Unified Payments Interface) transactions. The financial details of the investment were not disclosed.
As part of this investment, ACI and Mindgate will deliver a joint real-time payments solution that will combine ACI's proven Universal Payments software solutions with Mindgate's digital overlay services. The advanced, end-to-end real-time payments solution will be offered to banks, financial intermediaries and merchants in India and other international markets via an on-premise, public cloud or hosted model. This investment will also provide Mindgate with the ability to expand its footprint globally.
ACI and BMO recognized for modernizing payments
Last month, ACI customer Bank of Montreal (BMO) received the prestigious Celent Model Bank 2019 Award for Payments Services Hub Implementation. The award recognized BMO and ACI's work to roll out ACI's world-class payments hub within BMO's business in just nine months, integrating a number of the Canadian bank's core payment systems and driving efficiencies for customers.
The annual Model Bank Awards recognize the best practices of technology usage in different areas critical to success in banking. This year, nearly 150 nominations were submitted by 80 financial institutions, with only 22 receiving awards. ACIers Craig Ramsey, Head of Real-Time Payments, and Glen Wolff, General Manager and Managing Director, Canada and North American Cloud, were on hand for Celent's 2019 Innovation & Insight Day in New York City to support Derek Vernon, Head of Payment Modernization, BMO, as he took home the prize.
Timisoara ACIers find out ‘What’s UP’ with our customers
ACI Timisoara recently hosted the third edition of its popular “What’s UP in ACI Timisoara” site event. The one-day affair was themed “What’s UP with our Customers” and featured several presentations focused on ACI’s relationship with our customers as well as guest speakers from Rabobank and Adidas.
Throughout the event, Timisoara ACIers also participated in “Office Olympics” competitions, including a team vehicle race; pencil and rubber archery; and desk chair soccer.
“The Office Olympics games put everyone in motion and added a lot of fun to the event,” said Site Leader Radu Medesan. “Congratulations and thanks to the Timisoara Employee Engagement Team – Raluca Grosan, Alina Andrei, Cosmina Bodea and Ramona Vacarescu – for organizing such an amazing event.”
ACI Norcross enjoys site renovations
ACI’s Norcross, Georgia, site recently underwent renovations that provide the local team and visiting customers with a modern, collaborative environment to work and explore ACI’s solutions. The site houses day-to-day operations of more than 200 ACIers and regularly hosts customer visits.
Through the renovations, new ACI Universal Payments signage was applied to the site entrance and lobby, and the site’s main and elevator lobby areas received vibrant “ACI blue” facelifts. The renovation effort also saw new office furniture and flooring added throughout the site, with key upgrades being made to the site’s employee break area, customer conference room and training room spaces
ACI Cape Town hosts Potjie Kos Day 2019
More than 100 ACIers recently enjoyed good food and great company at ACI Cape Town’s Potjie Kos Day 2019. “Potjie kos” in Afrikaans translates to “pot food,” and the event saw 17 entries into a potjie kos cook-off contest.
Traditionally, potjie kos recipes includes meat; vegetables like carrots, cabbage, cauliflower or pumpkin; and starches like rice or potatoes, all slow-cooked with Dutch-Malay spices, the distinctive spicing of South Africa's early culinary melting pot.
Reg Olivier, Senior Manager, Software Engineering, along with fellow Cape Town ACIers Ruben Rinquest and Gideon Niewoudt, took on the “rigorous” task of taste-testing all the potjie kos dishes. And in the end, Cornel Ferreira, Supervisor, Software Engineering, was awarded with the contest’s top prize. ACIers P.J. Venter and Antonie Kriek also received honorable mention for their dishes.