Microsoft Great Plains Introduces Bank One Card Solutions

FARGO, N.D., and CHICAGO, April 30, 2002 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions today introduced Bank One Card Solutions. Through collaborative development with Bank One Corp., Microsoft Great Plains has integrated Bank One’s Commercial Card, a customized application for converting paper-based transaction processing into electronic transaction processing, with its back-office solutions — Microsoft® Great Plains® eEnterprise™ , Solomon® and Dynamics™
. This integrated product is targeted to midmarket businesses.

The Bank One Commercial Card allows business owners to track, categorize, and better understand and manage expenses. Companies can benefit from a one-card solution that offers the flexibility of using the card for managing low-dollar, high-volume purchases; travel and entertainment (T & E) expenses; or both. The Bank One Commercial Card is a MasterCard®
card, providing companies with flexibility to use it at more than 24 million locations worldwide.

“In working together with Microsoft Great Plains, Bank One now provides midsize businesses with tools traditionally suited for America’s largest corporations,” said Dub Newman, executive vice president and head of Commercial Card at Bank One. “The direct link to Microsoft Great Plains solutions gives customers a seamless experience.”

Purchasing Program

The purchasing program is designed to streamline the traditional processes associated with maintenance, repairs and operating expenses (MRO), and other low-dollar purchases (typically under $2,500). The purchasing program allows customers to do the following:

  • Combine customized prespending controls with sophisticated electronic reporting

  • Reduce paperwork

  • Maintain control and individual accountability for expenditures

  • Focus time and energy on value-added transactions and contracts

  • Integrate seamlessly into eEnterprise, Solomon and Dynamics

Travel and Entertainment Expense Program

The travel and entertainment expense program provides a flexible and convenient payment and reporting solution that helps customers effectively manage T & E expenses.

The T & E program allows customers to do the following:

  • Combine customized prespending controls with sophisticated electronic reporting

  • Reduce employee reimbursements and the need for cash advances

  • Track and control entertainment expenses efficiently

  • Integrate seamlessly into eEnterprise, Solomon and Dynamics

Complete Solution

The complete solution consists of three key components. The Bank One Commercial Card customizes expense tracking by associating individual cards with a customer-defined cost center, expense codes and spending limitations, and then issues the cards to designated employees. The Bank One Online Card Manager provides online access to view transactions, run queries and reports, and perform card program maintenance. Microsoft Great Plains integration, a native extension to eEnterprise, Solomon and Dynamics, ensures data integrity while facilitating setup, authentication and card-based transaction file integration.

Direct PayChek Card

Microsoft Great Plains and Bank One are developing integration between the Bank One Direct PayChek Card™
and eEnterprise, Solomon and Dynamics. The Direct PayChek Card is a stored-value card that allows an employer to establish a payroll card account, funding it with the employee’s salary. As the employee uses the card for purchases or cash withdrawals, the card balance is reduced accordingly. This program eliminates the need for exception processes for payment of wages to “unbanked” employees, thus streamlining payroll operations and reducing paper processing. Microsoft Great Plains and Bank One plan to launch this product in the third quarter of 2002.


Bank One Card Solutions will be distributed through Microsoft Great Plains authorized reselling partners.

About Bank One

Bank One Corp. (NYSE “ONE”) is the nation’s sixth largest bank holding company with assets of more than $260 billion. Bank One offers a full range of financial services to large corporate, midmarket and small-business commercial customers and retail consumers. Bank One can be found on the Internet at .

About MasterCard

MasterCard Corporate Payment Solutions is the premier provider of payment and expense management programs to organizations of all sizes, in the public and private sectors. MasterCard International has a comprehensive portfolio of well-known, widely accepted payment brands including MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro. More than 1.7 billion MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro logos are present on credit, charge and debit cards in circulation today. With more than 24 million acceptance locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard card.

About Microsoft Great Plains

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and midmarket companies become more agile in today’s interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at or at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft, Great Plains, eEnterprise, Solomon and Dynamics are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. or Great Plains in the United States and/or other countries. Great Plains is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
Commercial Card Direct Paychek Card is a trademark of Bank One.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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