Nashville, TN, December 4, 2019—Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, today announced a new integration with Sikka Software, the leading API cloud platform and application marketplace for the retail healthcare community. Together, they have launched a new payments platform called Sikka Payments, which integrates Sphere technology and merchant processing for a complete solution that spans the full payment lifecycle.

With this powerful alliance, dental practices can accept patient payments from a variety of channels, all seamlessly integrated to their practice management system. Whether in person, online, mobile or card on file, the innovative Sikka Payments platform delivers safe and compliant ways for dental practices to take payments without disrupting business operations.

Serving more than 34,000 practices, Sikka aims to improve operational efficiency through its API enabled marketplace, including the new Sikka Payments platform. Their API and cloud platform connects to 90% of the retail healthcare market, including practice management systems and financial software.

Sphere’s developer-friendly payment solutions facilitate omni-channel payments in a way that is highly secure and scalable. Designed for ease of integration, our payment solutions:

  • Support card-present and card-not-present transactions
  • Are secure and compliant, supporting validated point to point encryption and tokenization
  • Provide a single source for technology and merchant processing

“We are excited to join forces with Sikka on this comprehensive platform for healthcare,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere. “With their award-winning API and deep healthcare experience, Sikka is a natural fit, aligning with our expertise in healthcare software and financial technology.”

“Sphere continues to extend its reach within the healthcare vertical,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “Together with Sikka, we are able to provide our secure, robust integration to a new market segment while leveraging our expertise in healthcare.”

“Patients demand more options in how they pay their healthcare providers, such as dentists and veterinarians. Doctors are interested in reducing the time and errors inherent in payment acceptance, with an eye to lower costs. Integrated with Sphere, we are now able to deliver this valuable payment solution to the tens of thousands of practices that rely on the Sikka platform,” said Vijay Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Sikka Software.

For more information on Sphere, please visit http://www.spherecommerce.com.

 

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized verticals markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Connect with us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About Sikka Software
Sikka Software is helping to rethink the retail healthcare market using a single API cloud platform with Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. Focusing on non-physician practices in dentistry, audiology, veterinary, optometry, chiropractic, orthodontic and oral surgery etc., Sikka Software now has over 34,000 practice installations on its platform. These are businesses where the primary skilled worker is also the owner who needs tools to digitize their practice and help them make more real-time, optimized decisions. Sikka Software API and cloud platform connect to 90% of the retail healthcare market including practice management systems and financial software. For more information, please visit https://sikkasoft.com.

As Council’s Newest Participating Organization Sphere to Contribute to The Development of PCI Security Standards 

Nashville, TN, November 25, 2019 — Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a new Participating Organization. Sphere will work with the PCI SSC to help secure payment data worldwide through the ongoing development and adoption of the PCI Security Standards.

The PCI SSC leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing flexible, industry-driven and effective data security standards and programs. The keystone is the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process and preventing, detecting and mitigating criminal attacks and breaches.

“We have tremendous respect for the work of the PCI SSC, and for the organizations that have worked to continuously evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to meet the changing threat landscape encountered within the payments system,” said Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., Director of Compliance and Security at Sphere.  “I’m excited that Sphere is joining their effort to further the protection of payment account data.”

As a Participating Organization, Sphere adds its voice to the standards development process and will collaborate with a growing community of more than 800 Participating Organizations to improve payment security worldwide. Sphere will also have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives for consideration to the PCI Security Standards Council and share cross-sector experiences and best practices at the annual PCI Community Meetings.

“In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, PCI Security Standards and resources help organizations secure payment data and prevent, detect and mitigate attacks that can lead to costly data breaches,” said Mauro Lance, Chief Operating Officer of the PCI Security Standards Council. “By joining as a Participating Organization, Sphere demonstrates they are playing an active part in improving payment security globally by helping drive awareness and adoption of PCI Security Standards.”

“We are excited to demonstrate Sphere’s commitment to security and compliance through our participation in the PCI SSC.  Through our participation, we hope to be able to work towards a safer, more secure payments ecosystem, which serves to benefit us all,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.

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About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum that is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and other standards that increase payment data security. Connect with the PCI Council on LinkedIn. Join the conversation on Twitter @PCISSC. Subscribe to the PCI Perspectives Blog.
About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized verticals markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Connect with us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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Together, Sphere and RMS will allow for a more complete view of the revenue cycle, including health plan and patient-level payment data.

Nashville, TN, November 7, 2019Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, has partnered with Revenue Management Solutions (RMS), the leading technology-based healthcare remittance automation platform, allowing RMS to provide a comprehensive payment platform spanning across payer and patient payments.

RMS simplifies the complete revenue cycle by automating remittance management and eliminating manual processes. This solution scales to fit the unique needs of any healthcare provider from a single-doctor practice to a multi-facility hospital system. Trusted by more than 40 commercial banking partners and 1,000 providers, RMS solutions save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

The combination of the Sphere payment platform and RMS will greatly enhance remittance processing by allowing for a more complete view of patient revenue that includes both health plan and patient-level transaction data. Through dashboard and reporting tools, users will benefit from a clearer picture of health plan, patient payments, the payments breakdown, and other valuable insights.

With deep integrations into popular Electronic Health Record (EHR) software, the Sphere payment platform delivers broad payment acceptance functionality that is highly secure, compliant, and scalable.

“RMS has a long established track record in solving the complex challenges of healthcare remittance processing,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.  “With relationships with top financial institutions and other large health systems, we are pleased to partner with RMS.”

“At high velocity, Sphere is expanding our strategic partnerships to include more of the healthcare revenue cycle,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “As patient out of pocket expenses increase and become a greater part of healthcare providers’ revenue, solutions that provide consolidated financial information are critical. Our combined solution with RMS achieves this goal and much more.”

“Sphere’s commitment to providing secure, integrated payment processes allows us to expand our offerings to our healthcare and financial customers alike while maintaining the sacred trust we have earned,” said Scott Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of RMS.  “We are very excited to partner with Sphere to help shape the new payment experience from that of a patient to a customer in the healthcare market.”

For more information on Sphere, please visit http://www.spherecommerce.com.

 

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized verticals markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
About RMS
Founded in 2006, and based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, RMS is the leading technology-based healthcare remittance automation platform tool available in the market. Currently used by more than 1,000 acute care, revenue cycle management, dental and pharmacy clients, RMS allows healthcare providers, outsourcers and facilities to optimize the remittance matching, reconciliation, and management processes. The Company, which processes nearly 14 million transactions each month, offers its technology-driven solutions both directly to customers and through established channel relationships with leading financial institutions throughout the United States.
For more information, please visit https://www.rmsweb.com/.

Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security, welcomes new partner ServiceWorks.

ServiceWorks delivers a unified cloud-based platform to optimize all field service industry business operations so that owners can make intelligent decisions to grow their business. This all-in-one solution simplifies jobs, dispatch, inventory, point of sale, real time tracking, accounting, and much more. Founded in 2015, ServiceWorks has quickly established themselves as a leader in field service industry with more than 1,100 clients using the platform.

Through this preferred provider relationship, ServiceWorks will offer Field Service business owners bill payment using Sphere credit card processing and secure payment technology. In addition to accepting payment via many channels, owners will now be able to set up automated recurring billing that uses tokenization for secure card storage. With 24/7/365 customer care, easy sign up and flat rate pricing, payment processing is seamless and convenient.

Nashville Venture Connections Publication features Sphere in the article, “Nashville fintech: Waud-backed SphereCommerce eyes M&A opportunities.”

Here is a preview:
Sphere, the integrated payments technology and security software provider, won’t be deterred in its role as M&A consolidator by the frothy valuations it often observes, said Executive Chairman Andrew Rueff, whose office is in downtown Nashville, his hometown.

Read the full article here: http://www.venturenashville.com/fintech-spherecommerce-llc-cms-1898

 

Sphere’s partnership with Qgiv advances its software strategy in the charitable giving and nonprofit sector.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2019)Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, today announced it has made a strategic investment in Qgiv, Inc., (Qgiv) a provider of cloud-based fundraising software that facilitates payments as part of its solution for nonprofit and charitable organization fundraising. This partnership advances Sphere’s strategy to integrate deeply within high-growth core vertical markets by surrounding its current payments offerings in the nonprofit vertical with leading software.

Qgiv provides a variety of digital fundraising tools for nonprofit and faith-based organizations, including online donation forms, event registrations, peer-to-peer fundraising, text-based fundraising and messaging tools, giving kiosks, a donor-facing giving app, and more—all of which are easily managed from one control panel.

“Qgiv strategically complements Sphere’s growth initiatives to enhance technology that facilitates payments in more innovative and secure ways,” said Steve Rizzuto, chief executive officer of Sphere. “Their path to continued growth aligns with Sphere’s strengths in integrated, secure payment solutions.”

“The addition of Qgiv to the Sphere family of companies significantly advances our strategy of integrating key software applications to our core payments offering, in this case in the nonprofit and charitable giving sector,” said Andrew Rueff, executive chairman of Sphere. “Todd Baylis, chief executive officer and co-founder, and his team have established Qgiv as a leading software company in a highly attractive vertical market, and they have a reputation for delivering innovative software solutions. This aligns very well with Sphere’s core values and strategy.”

“We’re excited to partner with Sphere and truly believe that their platform, roadmap and extensive knowledge of integrated payments will ultimately provide great benefits to the customers we work with and the nonprofit market as a whole,” said Baylis of Qgiv.  “We look forward to partnering with Andrew, Steve and the Sphere team to continue to improve and iterate Qgiv’s online fundraising platform based on customer feedback and solving the needs of our current and future customers.”

 

For more information on Sphere, please visit http://www.spherecommerce.com.

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce technology, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves large, complex enterprises and small local businesses across a range of vertically oriented end-markets, including healthcare, education, parking, insurance and nonprofit. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
About Qgiv, Inc.
Qgiv, Inc. is a leading online fundraising platform founded in 2007. From their base in Lakeland, FL, they currently serve more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada. Qgiv’s aim is to help nonprofits raise more by anticipating and addressing their needs and challenges through customer-informed development and close attention to industry best practices. They offer no-contract pricing, unlimited access to tools and support, and integrations with industry-leading donor management and CRM software to make it easy for nonprofits to experiment with new technology and grow their digital fundraising programs. To learn more, please visit https://www.qgiv.com.

Daryl Seaman joins Sphere as CIO bringing 35 years of leadership excellence.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22, 2019) — Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, today announced that Daryl Seaman has joined the company as Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mr. Seaman will lead the Information Technology group, overseeing all aspects of new development.  He will also be responsible for maintaining the integrity of production processing in a secure operating environment and providing world-class support services to our clients.

Mr. Seaman is a 35-year veteran of the payments industry, having served in executive Information Technology roles at two of the largest acquirers, First Data Corporation and TSYS. His areas of expertise include operational excellence, large-scale conversions/integrations, and organizational capability.

“Daryl’s proven track record in increasing an organization’s capability and capacity and his commitment to excellence will be instrumental to the growth of Sphere,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.  “He is a tremendous addition to the leadership team.”

“It is an honor to be a part of Sphere,” said Mr. Seaman. “Combining the industry experience of our leaders with the outstanding reputation of TrustCommerce technology will provide opportunities for growth in the fast-paced payments industry.”

In his career, Mr. Seaman has supported issuing and acquiring business units, led some of the industry’s largest conversion projects and managed both new development and support organizations, as well as overseas assignments for international business expansion.

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce technology, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves large, complex enterprises and small local businesses across a range of vertically oriented end-markets, including healthcare, education, parking, insurance and non-profit. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omni-channel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security, welcomes new partner Dr. Leonardo Interactive Web Services.

Through this strategic partnership, Dr. Leonardo will offer healthcare providers websites for their practices that can integrate with Sphere’s online payment functionality. This allows patients to pay outstanding medical bills, such as deductibles and copays, in a secure and convenient way.

Pew Internet Research studies indicate that 81% of Americans search for individual healthcare providers online, with many of them seeking to make payment for outstanding medical bills using their credit cards. Dr. Leonardo’s eHealth Internet Presence platform allows doctors to create a personal PROVIDER-Site™ with appointment scheduling, patient portal access, education materials and now, online bill payment using Sphere’s secure technology.

Payments industry veteran Bauer will guide product strategy across all Sphere platforms to shape Sphere’s ongoing initiatives around secure payment processing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 8, 2019) —Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, hired payments industry veteran, Curtis Bauer to lead the company’s product strategy, project management office, solutions engineering and client implementation teams.

“Curtis is known for his analytical vision and for solving challenging problems, by leveraging collaborative and innovative approaches,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.  “Given the complex and rapidly changing payments ecosystem we operate in today, we are confident that he will be integral in the execution of our long term growth strategy.”

“The addition of Curtis builds on the foundation of industry leading executive talent that we have assembled at Sphere,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “Curtis will contribute significantly to our operating and execution capabilities in the key integrated payments verticals that we serve. I am excited to have Curtis join our executive leadership team.”

Bauer has more than 20 years of payments experience and has held leadership roles in two of the top 10 Payment Acquirers in the United States. He brings in-depth experience in Corporate Strategy, Product Implementation, Call Center Management, Relationship Management, Inbound Sales, Project Management, Sales/Solutions Engineering and Developer Services.

“In this period of industry growth and transformation, I’m thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of the Sphere leadership team, which is comprised of experienced industry veterans, to leverage Sphere’s capabilities and technology. Sphere’s core product set has always had a strong foundation around payment card security, which has never been more vital in today’s ultra-connected commerce,” said Bauer.

Bauer’s hire comes at a pivotal point in Sphere’s expansion, which has seen significant investments across all areas of the organization.

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce technology, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves large, complex enterprises and small local businesses across a range of vertically oriented end-markets, including healthcare, education, parking, insurance and non-profit. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Sphere Launches at Money20/20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 23, 2018) – Sphere, a premier provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, makes its debut this week at Money20/20. Founded by executives from some of the largest payment companies and backed by Waud Capital Partners, Sphere delivers a technology-forward integrated commerce platform that makes it easier to securely connect with customers and facilitate their payment transactions. With the recent acquisitions of TrustCommerce and Anovia Payments, Sphere now enables customers within healthcare, parking, education and other key industry verticals to securely accept payments via any omni-channel environment and integrate into enterprise core systems for a seamless, simple and frictionless experience.

“Our name, Sphere, truly reflects our commitment to providing continuous, integrated commerce solutions that are secure and completely surround our customers’ existing business systems,“ said Steve Rizzuto, chief executive officer of Sphere. “We are committed to transforming payment technology by focusing on simple, highly integrated, client-centric solutions across diverse vertical industry ecosystems.”

Powered by TrustCommerce, the leading provider of secure payment processing, Sphere’s end-to-end technology-driven solutions offer businesses of all sizes the confidence of knowing transactions are safe, secure and backed by best-in-class customer service. Sphere delivers secure integrated payment solutions to enterprises and merchants across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

According to Andrew Rueff, executive chairman of Sphere, the technology and software platform combined with the experience of the executive leadership team is what sets Sphere apart from its competitors. “Sphere is truly guided by proven industry leaders and visionaries,“ said Rueff. “The reputation of our senior leaders and their existing relationships in key verticals, in tandem with our intuitive software platform, make Sphere the trusted partner for all commerce activity.”

To learn more, visit www.SphereCommerce.com.

About Sphere

Sphere, through the acquisitions of TrustCommerce and Anovia Payments, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves a variety of companies from large, complex enterprises to small local businesses across a range of end-markets, including healthcare, restaurant, retail, parking, education, transportation, and insurance. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Orange County and Dallas, Sphere is a Waud Capital Partners private equity company.