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By Dr. Heather Mark, CCEP In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudulent activity and scams have been on the rise.  As a result, scammers are looking for ways to test their stolen card information.  One way they do that is to find portals or e-commerce sites that have payment forms and use those forms

This is a guest post by Barnard Crespi, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Datatel. Datatel is integrated with Sphere for secure payment acceptance via Datatel’s IVR solutions. Learn how IVR Payment Solutions Can Help Healthcare Providers Relieve the Stress on Staffing and Business Operations Caused By the COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the

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As government, city and other civic agencies enact restrictions on businesses in an effort to safeguard the public and prevent the spread of germs, exceptions have been granted for what most are calling essential businesses or essential jobs. Examples include grocery stores, medical offices, postal services, childcare or senior care centers, transportation providers and more.   While these businesses and service providers remain open to patrons, it’s

By Dr. Heather Mark, CCEP Over the course of the last seven weeks, the business world has undergone a seismic shift.  Remote work, which had its advocates and detractors over the last two decades, has become a necessity.  The technology exists to make this happen, and while it hasn’t been without its obstacles, we’re living a

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By Dr. Heather Mark, CCEP The complex puzzle of PCI DSS compliance can be made more challenging for merchants when they introduce the wide variety of service providers that they use in order to service their customers.  Increasingly, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are working to simplifying their merchants’ burdens by introducing integrated payment functionality.  In essence,

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We recently sat down with Curtis Bauer, Sphere Chief Product Officer, to learn about an innovative new product, Hosted Multi-Channel Payment Suite. This solution gives software vendors the power of accepting payments via many channels through one single integration. Q1: You recently launched a hosted payments product suite for software vendors, what sparked the solution? Bauer:

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In our new series, Small Business Huddle, the Sphere team shares insights and tips that help small to medium sized businesses stay ahead of the game. In times like these, small businesses must quickly and efficiently adapt the ways they sell their goods and services. In a broad effort to protect the public, we have seen so many industries affected by government, city and

This is a guest post from the team at VisitPay. See how Sphere and VisitPay enable health systems to meet consumer expectations through Text to Pay.  In this Q&A, Vincent Martino, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder of  VisitPay, talks about the impact of the partnership on the patient financial experience. Why is it important to

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This is a guest post from our non-profit partner Qgiv.  Hospitals and other healthcare organizations work day and night to ensure they offer the best service and medical experience for everyone involved. Because health organizations are often busy with a never-ending flow of patients and high-intensity tasks, they often don’t have time to really think

By Dr. Heather Mark, CCEP The data economy has become so pervasive in today’s business that it sometimes is necessary to pause and think about where we’d be without the explosion of data that businesses have at their disposal.  Cloud software firm, Domo, releases an annual report each year on the astronomical growth of data.  Their

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The Sphere teams will be out and about at a variety of payments and industry events. Stop by and see us! Learn more about our end-to-end integrated payment solutions, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. HFMA Symposium Region 10 January 12-15, 2020 | Las Vegas     WRUG Winter Conference February 20-21, 2020

This is a guest post from our partner, Qgiv. As a nonprofit, much of your focus falls on fundraising and securing what you need to further your mission. But sometimes you’ll run into challenges like issues with payment processing or limited fundraising resources. As proud partners, Sphere and Qgiv are working to change that. With

Maybe it’s too early to think about warm cozy fires, holiday cheer, and family gatherings, but it’s never too early to think about the booming holiday season for retailers and consumers. November and December pack a large punch for retail sales, projected to exceed $1.1 trillion1 this holiday season alone. For most businesses the holiday

Ever wonder who’s after your data? What about what they’ll do if they get it? The danger isn’t always obvious, so what do we need to look out for? Join us Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST to learn how to responsibly handle client data to reduce the impact of a possible security

The Cost of Non-Compliance

By Dr. Heather Mark In recent years, the payments space has seen an explosion of new players.  This dramatic growth is good for the industry.  It drives competition and innovation.  The pace of change brings with it challenges, too.  One of those challenges can be the adaptation of traditional software companies to the unique risk

If you’re thinking of adding payment functionality to your software solution, you’ll definitely want to get familiar with these six phrases. Why? Because with Sphere they could be a part of your daily payment experience. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can embed Sphere credit card processing capabilities within their applications, allowing clients to take customer payments

When it comes to choosing an integrated payment partner for your solution, there’s a lot to consider: do you go with a familiar company? Or, a fresh option? Ideally, you want something that’s perfect for your business, but often solutions are either more than you need (at an exorbitant price), or not enough. More often

By Heather Mark, Ph.D., CCEP, Director, Compliance & Security Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can leverage payments as a way to provide a more comprehensive suite of services to their customers and doing so also provides revenue opportunities.  But with that comes some responsibilities that are unique to payments, such as compliance with the Card Brand

By Dr. Heather Mark The healthcare industry is, as most know, a heavily regulated industry. Government regulations detail how data is to be collected, shared, and protected.  It details how patients can access their data.  The way that research is conducted, how it is reported and a multitude of other factors.  Layering in the protection

By Dr. Heather Mark On March 19, 2019, well-known and respected security researcher and reporter Brian Krebs, posted an article with the headline, “FaceBook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years.”  The article states, “According to Krebs, “The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and

Is PCI DSS Compliance Enough?

By Dr. Heather Mark In the wake of yet another massive data breach, media outlets around the world are asking a lot of questions.  More questions, it seems, than are the victims of the data breach.  People seem to have become numb to loss of sensitive data.  But while individuals seem to carry on as

Event Schedule 2019 The Sphere teams will be exhibiting at a variety of payments and industry events. Come visit us! We have exciting news to share about our products and services.         HIMSS19 February 11-15 | Orlando Visit us at Booth #2679 GE WRUG February 14-15 | Las Vegas Collaboration of Revenue

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