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New Cardwell application allows data sharing

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CLEVELAND (8/16/10)--Strategy consultant and software developer Cardwell has launched Connections Online IQ, an online library and user community for Connections Online (COL). COL creates a virtual blueprint of an organization, such as a credit union, that shows an organization's goals and strategic plans, scorecards, project portfolios and plans, and individual performance management. With COL IQ, users can upload and share custom reports and tips, and post comments and issue requests. COL IQ also offers new reports, frequently added templates and training modules. Reports and templates include:
* Resource and Capacity Planning; * Employee by Basic Role (Key Result Area) and Dialog Comment; * Employees’ Last Individual Dialog Date; * Performance Appraisal Forms using data from COL; * Resource Report for ALL tasks per Employee; and * Templates.
COL IQ also features Cardwell’s new COL Web Services, which provides information technology (IT) departments and third-party developers direct access to push or pull data into or out of COL that support the four standard functions: Create, Read, Update and Delete. If a user can access the information in COL, the user can access the information through COL Web Services. COL Web Services IT department features include:
* Inter-operability between platforms; * Easy-to-read text protocols and open standards for in-house developers; and * Combined and integrated software and services from other companies.
COL Web Services also allows users to share information across applications. Users can share/aggregate/report on information across the enterprise, grabbing data from any data source and populate information in COL. They can also pull information from COL and create unique reports and their own COL apps, said Karla Norwood, Cardwell president. “With our Web services, we can make the Microsoft Outlook connector much faster now that it’s available,” Norwood said. “We can turn on RSS feeds, we can use RTF capabilities, we can create forms to fill in data, and we can do all kinds of reporting and more.”

UIECU displaces bank to provide alumni card program

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (8/16/10)--The University of Illinois Employees CU (UIECU) has been selected by the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) to offer the official card of the university, a Visa credit card, to its 625,000 members. The endorsement replaces a 19-year relationship with MBNA and its successor, Bank of America. UIAA members can carry one of five cards with designs that represent the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses. Cardholders also can enroll in a rewards program to be used for airline travel or merchandise. A portion of each purchase helps fund UIAA programs, communications and services. UIAA chose UIECU after a six-month request-for-proposals process. “After a thorough evaluation of the proposals, we found the ideal partner literally in our own back yard,” said UIAA President/CEO Loren R. Taylor. The $229-million-asset UIECU offers credit cards and other services to its 37,000 members, who include many alumni.

Product and Services brief (08/13/2010)

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* RALEIGH, N.C. (8/16/10)--Coastal FCU, Raleigh, N.C., yesterday introduced a program to combat “$30 cups of coffee” by charging just one cent for insufficient funds. Sunday was the effective date for new overdraft rules under the Dodd-Frank Act, which give consumers the ability to opt-in for fee-based insufficient fund protection from their financial institutions. Instead of charging $28 each time a member overdraws an account, Coastal will charge just one cent per transaction with insufficient funds, provided the member: corrects the difference before 11 p.m. the same day; or had a small transaction that did not take their end-of-day account balance into the negative by more than $10. Any account that remains negative by more than $10 after 11 p.m. will be charged the $28 overdraft fee. The changes apply to all checks and automated drafts, and debit and ATM transactions on accounts that have opted-in to Coastal’s BounceGuard Plus overdraft coverage service. Coastal has $2 billion in assets...