Monitise and IBM join to help Visa Europe host mobile services via cloud

Mobile payment platform Monitise and IT company IBM have joined to help Visa Europe host mobile commerce services via the cloud.

Mobile payment platform Monitise and IT company IBM have joined to help Visa Europe host mobile commerce services via the cloud

As a result of the deal, Visa Europe’s member banks should be able to use a broader range of mobile services on a variety of devices, making it easier for customers to track and manage their spending from tablets or smartphones.

Steve Chambers, CIO for Visa Europe, said: "Visa recognizes the specialist nature of making mobile services intuitive, convenient and relevant to the consumer, as well as meeting the need for interoperability across the scale and diversity of Europe. We are excited about the value that this collaboration will deliver for our members."

Monitise solutions Bank Anywhere, Pay Anyone and Buy Anything comprise the basis of Visa Europe’s new mobile offerings. IBM will support the collaboration with software, technology services and consulting. Visa will also be able to use software from IBM’s Smarter Commerce series.

Alastair Lukies, CEO at Monitise, said: "As the leader in banking and commerce technology, IBM was the natural fit for our business as we scale our services internationally and build on our strategic partnership with Visa Europe.

"IBM solutions will play a key role in expanding our mobile commerce offering to meet growing demand from financial institutions to go beyond traditional mobile banking and payments and better connect with their customers."

The deal comes as Visa Europe forecasts that by 2020 over 50% of its transactions will be made over a mobile device.

Craig Hayman, general manager at IBM, said: "Our collaboration with Monitise will enable us to not only to help Visa and its member banks offer new mobile services but also transform the way that mobile commerce itself is done around the globe.

"By deploying Smarter Commerce at Visa, we will accelerate the power of mobile commerce in new and innovative ways by bringing financial institutions, retailers and customers closer together than ever before."

 

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