9/18/03

LaGarde teams with Paymentech and Paradata

Paul Demery , Managing Editor, B2B E-commerce

Companies to Offer fully integrated e-commerce solutions

True single point of contact now available to facilitate SMB`s online initiatives

Olathe, Kansas (September 16, 2003) -- LaGarde, the industry leading provider of StoreFront® e-business software and services, has partnered with multi-award winning Paradata Systems and Paymentech, the nation`s leading processor of electronic payment transactions, to offer fully integrated e-commerce and payment solutions to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). This new partnership will allow SMBs to start selling online quickly and to accept credit card payments securely, easily and cheaply, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. In fact, businesses that are looking for online solutions will now find everything they need for e-business success at the StoreFront website, www.storefront.net.

"Integrating payment processing services into the StoreFront e-commerce platform is a natural extension of LaGarde`s mission to provide comprehensive e-business solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses," Bob LaGarde, founder and CEO said. "We`re very pleased to partner with two companies of such a high caliber in order to better address the needs of merchants and developers worldwide." Paradata`s innovative and easy-to-implement solutions are designed to integrate with all payment systems so that payment data can flow securely to the financial institution. As part of this agreement, LaGarde`s clients can apply for a merchant account using Paymentech`s web-based application form in a matter of minutes.

"The application is 100% electronic, which automatically saves the merchants from doing manual paperwork and mailings," said Kevin Gallagher, Director of Corporate Alliances for Paymentech, a Dallas-based bankcard payment processor. "Plus, Paymentech offers a super-fast turnaround time for approval and setup - it`s usually within one business day."

Merchant account data is automatically sent into the Paradata gateway for activation, so merchants are saved the hassle of configuring their own data. The newly approved merchant can now easily send payment data through their checkout process and manage payment data through the Merchant Support Center.

What differentiates Paradata is its sophisticated transaction management system, ground breaking payment solutions and attention to technical service support.

"The combined offering presents a simple, complete, and compelling solution for small and mid-sized merchants," comments Caroline Grimont, VP of Business Development and Marketing at Paradata. "We are excited to team up with two very solid leaders in the e-business space. Together, we have an incredible opportunity to drive the adoption of e-business solutions to a much broader base of users than we could otherwise."

About LaGarde
Founded in 1996, LaGarde is a leading global provider of e-business solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses. LaGarde`s StoreFront software products offer robust, feature-rich solutions to develop, deploy and maintain e-business sites that deliver high-end functionality at an affordable price point. StoreFront powers nearly 50,000 Web stores in over 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.storefront.net or call 800-943-5823. StoreFront is a registered trademark of LaGarde, Incorporated. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Paradata Systems Inc.
Paradata Systems Inc. is a leading provider of global integrated payment systems for financial organizations, resellers and businesses across North America. Our award-winning, internet payment solutions allow businesses of all sizes to easily integrate Internet payment throughout various front and backend systems. Paradata is unique in the marketplace by offering the full flexibility of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and 3D Secure security protocols. To learn more about Paradata, go to www.paradata.com, 1-800-604-DATA (3282), or email info@paradata.com.

About Paymentech
Paymentech, L.P. processes more payment transactions than any other company in North America - and more than half of all Internet transactions - for retailers accepting U.S. and international payments via traditional point of sale, Internet, catalog and recurring payments. The privately held company, founded in 1985, is an end-to-end processor for merchants of all sizes and industries. Paymentech`s 1,500 employees office in multiple locations, including the Dallas headquarters; New York; Salem, NH; Tampa, FL; and Tempe, AZ. In 2002, Paymentech and its Canadian affiliate, based in Toronto, processed 4.2 billion transactions and $123 billion in bankcard sales in 14 currencies. For more information, please visit www.paymentech.com.

CONTACT:
Sarah Rasmuss
LaGarde
913-489-0816
srasmuss@LaGarde.com

Laura Lambeth
Paymentech Public Relations
214-849-3523
laura.lambeth@paymentech.com

Caroline Grimont
Paradata Systems Inc.
604-935-8904
cgrimont@paradata.com

Topics:

credit card, Electronic commerce, Information technology management, Merchant account, Web applications

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