For the third time, Nodus Credit Card Advantage, ePay Advantage and eStore Solution Stack have been validated against the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). This time, the Nodus solutions have been validated under the new PA-DSS version 3.2 which requires support for only secure encryption protocols such as TLS 1.2.
“Nodus is very dedicated to maintaining our PA-DSS certification for all of our solutions,” said Nikki Nguyen, Director of Product Management, “Providing secure applications for processing electronic payments helps us maintain trust with our loyal customers and partners.”
Due to the new industry requirement, Nodus is highly recommending that all current customers upgrade to the newest versions of their Nodus software to utilize the TLS 1.2 encryption protocol. This upgrade should be scheduled as soon as possible to avoid any disruption when Payment Gateways begin to turn off the previous insecure encryption protocols. More information on the TLS 1.2 Security update can be found at: http://www.nodus.com/nodus_TLS_Security_Update.html
Customers interested in upgrading can contact Nodus Technologies Support at (909) 482-4701 option 2 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
What is PA-DSS?
The PCI’s Payment Application Data Security Standards (PA-DSS) defines security requirements & procedures for software vendors of payment applications to securely manage and protect card data. A validated PA-DSS application means that the payment application has been assessed to ensure it meets all of the security requirements of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI-SSC).
How does the PA-DSS impact customers?
Secure payment applications help to facilitate a customer’s PCI DSS compliance. When implemented in a DSS-compliant environment, PA-DSS validated payment applications will minimize the potential for security breaches leading to compromises of full magnetic stripe data, card validation codes and values (CAV2, CID, CVC2, and CVV2), PINs and PIN blocks.
Day 3 presented User Group attendees with another sunny and clear day in Tampa, Fl.
After a stream of 8am breakfast sessions, the convention center rooms filled with ISVs for the 9am Partner Showcases. Fauwaz Hussain, the Director of Sales and Marketing, educated GP users on PCI Compliance and secure payment processing. The attendees joined to learn about securing their payment data and automating their collection processes. Some of their biggest concerns included the entry point of credit card data and how to properly store the information. Some of Nodus’ integration partners, such as SalesPad, also presented topics revolving around their solutions. Users can download the presentation slide decks on the GPUG website for any of the sessions, even the ones that they did not attend.
The expo opened for the third day at 2pm for another round of networking and solution research.
GPUG recognized many members for their participation in the community. They awarded Frank Heslin from ExamWorks, Inc., Amber Bell from Training Dynamo, LLC, and Brian Lambertz from Connexus Energy with the 2016 All Star Award. Throughout the event, GPUG also presented attendees the chance to play a version of Pokemon Go by scanning QR codes throughout the event. Congratulations to the GPUG User Group Go winner, Irene Chan.
The night ended with an 80’s inspired dance party at the Florida Aquarium and a Halloween-themed party from FastPath.
The Nodus team would like to thank everyone at Dynamics Communities, and within the channel who helped create another successful User Group event. Safe travels to everyone going home this weekend.
For more information on Nodus Technologies, our solutions, and our next events, please go to www.nodus.com.
Day 2 of Summit 2016 began with the GPUG opening at the Amalie Arena. The event opening was hosted by Bob McAdam, Vice President of Finance at Dynamics Communities, and Aaron Back, Chairman of the GPUG Board. The keynote highlighted the organization’s success in providing the largest GPUG gathering of all time. To follow, a quick presentation from each of the GPUG Summit 2016’s platinum sponsors, Fastpath, Rockton Software, and Metaviewer. Keynote attendees were also shown the plans for the recent and future versions of GP including the redesigned web client, the all-in-one sales document viewer and the simplicity of using PowerApps to quickly create applications that integrate with Dynamics GP. The audience seemed to enjoy the new features of their chosen Dynamics ERP.
The attendees then made their way to the convention center and surrounding hotels for Dynamics-related sessions. The topics ranged from sales, marketing and reporting. GP users could also be found within the convention center hallways and at the Mekorma hub, discussing challenges with other GP users and ways to improve upon them.
The expo hall filled with excitement again in the afternoon as end users were given the chance to explore solutions to fit their business needs. Nodus promoted their partnerships with fellow ISVs, including Professional Advantage, SalesPad, SK Global and Peak Engagement. Nodus’ newest solution, PayLink, was a big hit, providing Dynamics GP users the chance to expedite their collections by providing one-click payment hyperlinks within email and text messages. (More about PayLink here).
The night ended with the Summit attendees heading downtown for Rock-n-Rave and the Buccaneer Bash.
There is still a chance to win a GoPro HERO 4 at the Nodus booth. Stop by #837 and drop off your business card before the end of the expo hall hours on Friday, October 14th.
Tampa has been very welcoming to the User Group Summit this week. The city grew over night as customers and partners alike began to arrive for an exciting week of Dynamics user content.
Summit kicked off on Tuesday with a cheerful keynote hosted by Andy Hafer, the CEO of Dynamics Communities. The keynote started off by highlighting some of the great accomplishments of the User Groups including celebrating their 10th anniversary and the largest attendance of Summit to date.
The keynote also shared some great examples of community by inviting the Portico Chorus on stage to bring the energy of the stadium alive with a few songs. Andy Hafer stressed the importance of community with an inspiring quote from Cesar Chavez: “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity of our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
The Summit then invited Scott Guthrie from Microsoft on stage to discuss the plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365. Microsoft’s vision statement is to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” With the newest solutions introduced by Microsoft, they hope to continue to do so. Lastly, the audience was left with a short speech of encouragement related to the world of digital transformation from Ray Wong, the Chairman of Constellation Research.
After the keynote, the expo hall was opened to customers for the first time for the reception. The Nodus team was excited to debut our brand new booth which focuses on our strength of connecting electronic payments with ERP and CRM systems. Of the Nodus members to attend GPUG, one of them is Nodus’ new President, Chester Ritchie. He is experienced in the payment technology world, but is excited to participate in the Dynamics Channel.
The day ended with a parade throughout the expo hall leading outside to enjoy the fireworks show.
The Nodus team welcomes everyone to GPUG Summit and wishes you a great show. Please stop by booth 837 this week to learn more about our solutions and services. Drop off your business card for a chance to win a GoPro HERO 4! We will also be presenting a Solution Showcase on Thursday at 9:15am in TCC12 titled “PCI Compliance – Receivables and Secure Payment Processing.”
The Nodus team will be heading to Tampa, Florida, this month for GPUG Summit 2016! We are proud to be a returning sponsor of this ever growing event. GPUG Summit is a great way for GP Users to extend their product knowledge, interact with other GP users, and learn about ways to maximize their ERP solution.
Partners, customers and prospects alike can find Nodus at Booth #837 during Summit. We will be there to answer any questions that you may have. We will be promoting our newest solutions and integrations, listed below:
- Nodus PayLink: One-click payment links for Dynamics GP
- PayFabric: Cloud-based electronic payment processing and storage
- New features of our current solutions
- Information on the newest PCI requirements
- Nodus and SalesPad integration
- Nodus and Professional Advantage Integration
Schedule a one-on-one with the Nodus team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or simply stop by our booth!”
Nodus will also be presenting at GPUG Summit:
PCI Compliance – Receivables and Secure Payment Processing
When: Thursday, October 13th, 9:15-10:15am EDT
While you’re at Summit, don’t forget to share your experiences and follow Nodus’ social profiles for the latest Summit updates.
So what are you waiting for? Register for GPUG Summit and don’t forget to come talk to us!
Nodus Technologies is a proud partner of Prophet Business Group. Below is a guest post by Prophet demonstrating a simple way to clean up your A/R.
Over and underpaid invoices are the kind of little problem that bother you, but finding a solution rarely makes it to the top of the to-do list. I mean, your options are typically a) making a collection call or issuing a credit for $.39 or b) leaving the invoice open to clutter up the Aged Trial Balance and Customer Statements.
Luckily, Dynamics GP offers an easy mechanism that will save you from chasing pennies and cleanup your A/R process. It’s called ‘Write-Off Documents’ and it’s not new, but it’s something a lot of GP users forget about.
How to manage over and underpayments with Write-Off Documents
Let’s say your customer receives an invoice for $450.27 and they send a payment for $450.00. If you can live with the $.27 underpayment, you can forgive the outstanding amount completely and apply the document by entering the amount in the write-off field of the Apply Sales Documents window.
The Amount Remaining is now $0.00 so this document can move off to HST when you complete the Paid Transaction Removal process, and will no longer appear on the Aged Trial Balance or Customer Statements.
However, if you’d rather manage over and underpaid invoices as part of your A/R month-end routine, you have that option as well.
Use the Write-Off Documents window to write off outstanding credit or debit balance amounts for one or more customers. You can specify a write off limit, cutoff date, and whether to create one credit or debit memo for either each customer or document. The debit or credit memos that you create will be posted and applied to the documents you’re writing off balances for.
Remember, this is intended to let you write off a few cents for imprecisely paid invoices, not to forgive bad debts.
If you want to get started with Write-Off documents, you can reach out to Prophet Business Group, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner in Winnipeg, MB. Or, if you’re interested in other ways to streamline your A/R, you can register for A/R Automation 101, a 60-minute joint webinar with Nodus Technologies on August 17th at 11am Central Time. Attendees of this webinar will learn about:
-Automating Accounts Receivables
-Providing customers the convenience of online bill pay
-Securing sensitive payment information and reducing the scope of PCI Compliance
Nodus Technologies and Peak Engagement have joined together to provide Microsoft Dynamics CRM users self-service client portals that engage customers and simplify payment acceptance.
On December 9th, 2015, Nodus Technologies and Peak Engagement co-hosted a webinar on their individual solutions and how they integrate with one another. This webinar covered:
- Peak Portals and Nodus PayFabric: providing secure payment processing through a customer portal
- Peak Portals and Nodus CRM Charge: providing pre-authorization of credit cards and payment capture within Dynamics CRM
- Peak Portals with Nodus ePay Advantage: providing an online bill pay portal to customers and bi-directional integration with Dynamics GP
Did you miss our webinar? Don’t worry, you can find a recording of the presentation here.
Interested in learning more about our integrated solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM? Give us a call today at (909) 482-4701 or email email@example.com.
Do you have the best practices in place to help you both achieve and maintain compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)?
Nodus Technologies and Dara Security are hosting a joint webinar on December 8, 2015 to discuss the basics of PCI Compliance and how Nodus can help merchants achieve compliance through secured payment applications.
Some of the highlights of this webinar are:
- Payment transaction trends
- Overview of PCI and how it applies to merchants
- Secure processing and storage of credit card data
Register for our webinar here.
Can’t make it but still want answers to your PCI questions? Give us a call at (909) 482-4701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customizing the display of electronic invoices with a professional layout and informational content helps customers to feel more comfortable when viewing and paying bills online. In addition, it provides strategic opportunities for businesses to engage by including targeted promotional content to specific customers segments, and express branding in a manner that breeds comforts and builds loyalty from new users.
When paper invoices are generated they generally include a professional header, client information, payment details, services or products sold, and other details such as the date, invoice number, and additional information relevant to the invoice or company. These invoices are printed and mailed with high quality graphics and form a tangible deliverable that is received by customers, hence, contributing to the customer experience and overall satisfaction score.
Paper invoices often also include promotional content designed to help businesses achieve a desired behavior or business goal. For example, during the holidays, businesses may run discounts or participate in local charity drives and add one or two lines to invoices to communicate involvement with customers. These campaigns add value and help correspond marketing objectives from a ground level, at little to no extra cost.
Traditional billing statements provide openings to convey branding using company logos, style guides, taglines, value props, website addresses and contact information. This is an important element since invoices are generally reviewed by various decision making members of an organization, and over time, become a part of the experience when doing business with vendors and contractors. Hence, a document meant to request payment can actually serve as a strategic tool for entities – if they choose to make the most of it.
The drawbacks of paper invoices, and the reasons many are migrating to electronic bill presentment, surrounds cost, environmental impact, and operational efficiency. There generally is no longer a debate that electronic invoices can be produced, distributed and received at lower cost, with less detrimental effects to our planet, and greater functional benefits for organizations.
The key, however, is to maintain the same level of engagement and comfort by customizing electronic invoices to identically match paper statements, without growing days sales outstanding (DSO). Templates should be created so electronic invoices can be automatically applied to specific situations and customer segments. Graphical elements should be choreographed using professional layouts and familiar looks and feels. With the right technology and execution, a customized electronic invoice can effectively replace a paper invoice, and yield a list of benefits for both businesses and customers.
Nodus ePay Advantage, our integrated online bill pay solution for Microsoft Dynamics ERPs, will soon be releasing a new version, ePay 5.0.2 R2, now with integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX and a list of new features including but not limited to an additional fee option, subsidiary account management, customizable terms & conditions, multi-currency acceptance, customizable invoice templates, and more. Below is quick summary. Please contact us to schedule a demo or request pricing:
Use this new feature to automatically add on an additional amount to the transaction. Additional fee is supported for Online Bill Pay and AutoPay modules, and can be captured as a percentage of the total transaction or based on a fixed amount. This feature can be enabled separately for credit card or ACH transactions. Include a name and description of the fee for customers. One example use of this new feature is if you want to charge a service fee in addition to your product price.
Terms and Conditions Agreement
Organizations can now easily set up and edit a customized Terms and Conditions Agreement to meet their business’ unique legal requirements. Require customers to review and accept the agreement before proceeding through checkout. Once accepted, it will be stored and tracked in a detailed log that can be used for auditing purposes.
Subsidiary Account Management
Multi-entity organizations can now easily make a single payment across subsidiary (child) accounts. Parent company accounts can view historical subsidiary (child) account payments or invoices in a single view. AutoPay contracts can be created for Parent company accounts that can be used to pay for either all subsidiary (child) accounts, or a specific subset.
Process transactions in other currencies using a separate merchant account best suited for the chosen currency. Easily filter, sort or view transactions processed in a specific currency. Keep processed transactions separate based on their currency type. Use Auto-Pay to automatically make payments against invoices in alternate currencies.
Customizable Invoice Templates
Businesses can now easily customize the display of invoices using our new HTML editor. Match invoices to meet company branding, theme or style guide so customers easily recognize billing statements and feel comfortable paying online. Include targeted promotional content on invoices for additional value. Save multiple invoice templates and assign them to display according to different types of invoices.
Self-Service for Forgotten Log-Ins
Customers who forget their ePay username or password can now automatically request their log in credentials through email without having to call in for assistance.
Developers can now use our new RESTful API to add ePay functionality to other applications