Pegasystems Announces PegaCARD Customer Care for Improved and Differentiated Customer Service

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb 3, 2003 — New Packaged Software Application based on Rules Delivers "Simply Smart" Business Process Management, Providing Card Issuers with Ability to Customize Service and Quickly Adapt to Changing Business Needs


Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), providers of rules-driven, simply smart Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced the general availability of PegaCARD Customer Care, a scaleable, enterprise-wide customer service application for card issuing organizations. Pegasystems' packaged card product has been designed to deliver differentiated customer service and automation capabilities by integrating front- and back-office processes.


PegaCARD Customer Care is an evolution of Pegasystems' card services technology that includes solutions extending from customer service into collections, dispute and chargeback management, credit, fraud and correspondence management. Built on the company's patented rules architecture, PegaCARD Customer Care embeds best practices for consistent customer interactions. As a result, procedures can be readily modified to adapt to changing market conditions, providing card issuers with the flexibility and agility to help quickly implement new practices and processes, bring new services to market and extend to new portfolios, departments, or demographics.


Additionally, by integrating front- and back-office processes, PegaCARD Customer Care provides service representatives with a holistic view of a customer's account through an intuitive user interface, eliminating the need for multiple screens and systems, and helping service representatives to respond quickly, efficiently and accurately to a variety of customer service inquiries. PegaCARD Customer Care is part of the PegaCARD Services suite of products, and can be implemented out-of-the-box, or as part of an integrated solution.


Pegasystems' card technology is implemented in eight of the top 15 North American card issuers(1), as well as in two of the leading global card outsourcers. Leveraging 14 years of Pegasystems experience in delivering rules-driven customer service solutions to top-tier card issuers, PegaCARD Customer Care brings proven solutions to the broader marketplace. Its pre-configured workflows enable straight through processing for nearly 90% of service requests, including account and transaction inquiries, change of address requests and credit management.


"In today's highly competitive card market, if organizations miss an opportunity to provide superior service to customers while they're on the phone, customer loyalty is compromised," said Dan Murray, director of Consumer Credit Research, TowerGroup. "The customer relationship is only as good as the last phone call. It is critical for card issuing organizations to work with a vendor with significant expertise and a deep understanding of customer care that can provide a smart, easy to use solution that helps them resolve customer inquiries quickly and correctly."


"PegaCARD Customer Care can benefit organizations in a variety of ways," said Joseph Friscia, executive vice president, Applications Business, Pegasystems. "First, it can help increase productivity through automated processing and real-time fulfillment of service requests. Second, it can help increase revenue through its rules-driven, cross-sell and up-sell capabilities. And third, it can help increase customer retention and loyalty by personalized response and resolution of inquiries."


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(1) Thomson Financial: "The Top 100 General-Purpose Credit Card Issuers," Card Industry Directory 2002 Edition, (C)2001, p.50.

About Pegasystems

Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) develops strategic applications for marketing, sales, service, and operations. Pega’s applications streamline critical business operations, connect enterprises to their customers seamlessly in real-time across channels, and adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. Pega’s Global 3000 customers include many of the world’s most sophisticated and successful enterprises. Pega’s applications, available in the cloud or on-premises, are built on its unified Pega 7 platform, which uses visual tools to easily extend and change applications to meet clients’ strategic business needs. Pega’s clients report that Pega gives them the fastest time to value, extremely rapid deployment, efficient re-use, and global scale. For more information, please visit us at www.pega.com.

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