QA Test Engineer Intern

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Since 1988, our Decatur-based financial services and technology firm has provided simple, secure and cost-effective electronic payment, data convergence and fraud prevention services for clients around the world.  Offering advanced technology and truly personalized service, our consultants act as true partners, delivering customized solutions with integrity and anticipating our merchants’ needs.

A-AAccess is currently seeking a highly motivated and detail oriented QA Test Engineer Intern to perform software testing, design, planning, scripting and execution for a variety of key customer-facing and internal applications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Interact with product management, development teams and team members to generate a strong understanding of the project and testing objectives
  • Conduct functional and manual testing of new rollouts, bug fixes, existing features and  end-user operations
  • Create and execute test scripts and cases that will determine optimal system performance
  • Document, diagnose, track and escalate technical use cases in a timely and efficient manner
  • Submit ideas for the continual improvements of processes and procedures within QA in order to improve quality, reduce risk, and increase efficiency
  • Research technology that could improve quality, performance, usefulness and robustness  in the system

Requirements:

  • Pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering , Web Systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with web services and API testing
  • Solid understanding of application programming and database administration and expertise with database tools, including Crystal Reporting, MS SQL Server, and MySQL
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and collaborative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task, manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure

Nice To Have:

  • Bilingual (preferably Spanish)
  • Programming Experience (i.e. PHP)
  • Testing of software to hardware interfaces using XML/SOAP
  • Development and implementation of test harness tools
  • Adaptable in a dynamic, yet iterative, development and quality environment
  • Experience with Quality Center Administration responsibilities 

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your resume, a cover letter addressed to Ms. Brady, and salary requirements to hr@aaaccess.com.

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Technical Support Intern

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Since 1988, A-AAccess Online Payment Systems has provided simple, secure and cost-effective electronic payment and authentication services for merchants around the world. Offering advanced technology and truly personalized service, our consultants act as true partners, delivering customized solutions with integrity and anticipating our merchants’ needs.

A-AAccess Online Payment Systems is currently seeking a skilled, highly motivated

Technical Support Intern to staff our IT Help Desk and assist merchants. Responsibilities will include account setup, technology-related projects, assisting clients with setup installations or troubleshooting via the phone or e-mail, and general office duties. A keen eye for detail and good follow-up skills are essential. Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They also must be highly dependable, have a positive attitude, and a strong desire to succeed.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Set up clients on proprietary solution
  • Troubleshoot installation and error messages for various integrated programs (POS)
  • Follow up with customers on their installation
  • Assist customers in correcting transactions
  • Complete maintenance on workstations as needed
  • Perform minor network maintenance
  •  Support merchants with terminal downloads
  • Assist interoffice employees via a ticketing system

Requirements:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or the equivalent
  • Knowledge of PC Hardware / Software (XP and Windows 2003 Server environment)
  • Knowledge in any tracking tool software / CRM
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent in troubleshooting Microsoft Office, XP problems
  • Good documentation skills

Nice To Have:

A+ Certified

Net+ Certified

Knowledge of PHP

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your application materials in pdf format to hr@aaaccess.com.

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Bilingual Technical Support Specialist

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Since 1988, A-AAccess Online Payment Systems has provided simple, secure and cost-effective electronic payment and authentication services for merchants around the world. Offering advanced technology and truly personalized service, our consultants act as true partners, delivering customized solutions with integrity and anticipating our merchants’ needs.

A-AAccess Online Payment Systems’ twenty-year history has been marked by innovation and growth. We have developed and own over 95% of the technology we use, and we are constantly developing new technology solutions to meet industry needs for speed and reliability.

Bilingual Technical Support Specialist Opportunity

A-AAccess Online Payment Systems is currently seeking a skilled, highly motivated

Bilingual Technical Support Specialist to staff our IT Help Desk and assist merchants. Responsibilities will include account setup, technology-related projects, assisting clients with setup installations or troubleshooting via the phone or e-mail, and general office duties. A keen eye for detail and good follow-up skills are essential. Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They also must be highly dependable, have a positive attitude, and a strong desire to succeed.

Priority will be given to candidates who have experience with Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)  applications and/or supporting POS systems, but training will be provided for EFT and other installation / troubleshooting requirements.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Set up clients on proprietary solution
  • Troubleshoot installation and error messages for various integrated programs (POS)
  • Follow up with customers on their installation
  • Assist customers in correcting transactions
  • Complete maintenance on workstations as needed
  • Perform minor network maintenance
  •  Support merchants with terminal downloads
  • Assist interoffice employees via a ticketing system

Requirements:

  • MCDST, MCSA Certified
  • Knowledge of PC Hardware / Software (XP and Windows 2003 Server environment)
  • Knowledge in any tracking tool software / CRM
  • Fluency in two or more languages
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent in troubleshooting Microsoft Office, XP problems
  • Good documentation skills

Additional Desired Qualifications:

A+ Certified

Net+ Certified

Knowledge of PHP

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your application materials in pdf format to hr@aaaccess.com. Along with your resume, please include a cover letter, addressed to Mrs. Brady, that addresses your technical experience and salary requirements. **IMPORTANT: If you cannot save your resume and cover letter in .pdf, please fax them to 678-578-4380.**

***This is an ON-SITE, hands-on position. This is not a telecommuting job.***

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Sales & Marketing Specialist

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Since 1988, our Decatur-based financial services and technology firm has provided simple, secure and cost-effective electronic payment, data convergence and fraud prevention services for clients around the world. As we develop new products and services, we are currently seeking a highly motivated Sales & Marketing Specialist with comprehensive marketing, data analysis and project coordination skillswho can help us optimize our marketing efforts and maximize sales.

Analyzing the company’s existing and potential markets, the Sales & Marketing Specialist will spearhead targeted offline and digital marketing campaigns, mining our CRM database so that we can more effectively market new products and services to both our current customers and prospects.  The Sales & Marketing Specialist must have experience with social marketing and be actively managing social network responsibilities at current position.

Position Duties

  • Work with the general manager and company president to plan marketing strategies
  • Utilize the company’s marketing database to execute and support marketing initiatives
  • Coordinate, analyze and report on various marketing activities, which may include digital and social media communications, advertising, direct mail, promotional items and more
  • Gather requirements, provide statistical and quantitative analyses and reporting of marketing data, and make actionable recommendations based on results
  • Manage list extractions and other analytical functions including profiling, reporting and target filtering
  • Develop and generate daily, weekly, Ad Hoc and quarterly reports for business intelligence use
  • Monitor quality of data to ensure accurate and consistent results
  • Identify appropriate metrics for marketing campaigns, detailing the measurement process and output requirements
  • Provide strategic direction to copywriters and graphic designers in order to develop targeted marketing materials
  • Assist in implementing marketing email strategy to grow subscriber list, retain customers and increase incoming leads and sales
  • Quantify the overall impact of digital and offline marketing initiatives
  • Move marketing data between applications or populate new databases as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or related field
  • 3-5 years of marketing experience, preferably in B2B marketing
  • Significant proficiency with SQL and other database applications; SAAS experience strongly preferred
  • Extensive report creation experience with business intelligence tools
  • Ability to work independently but within prescribed time deadlines and budgets
  • Strong quantitative skills coupled with a solid understanding of business and marketing
  • Expert skills with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Knowledge of CAN-SPAM and ISP Email policies
  • Expertise with all forms of social media
  • Creative problem solving and analytic skills
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and share information
  • Strong multitasking skills and ability to work in a flexible, dynamic and fast-paced environment

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter to hr@aaaccess.com.

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Bilingual Software Sales Manager (Customer Relationship Management Experience Required)

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Since 1988, our financial services and technology firm has provided simple, secure and cost-effective merchant assistance for thousands of businesses. From electronic payment processing and data convergence programs to upper-echelon fraud prevention support, our nationally accredited services provide technical reassurance for clients around the world. Our consultants act as coveted business partners, delivering customized solutions with integrity and anticipating our merchants’ needs. Our commitment to developing cutting-edge technology and our forward-thinking approach toward personalized client relationships have allowed us to grow, even during a recession.

We are currently seeking a bilingual and energetic Software Sales Manager to join our team. Reporting directly to the General Manager, the Bilingual Software Sales Manager will build and manage a sales team of 5-15 software sales representatives, in addition to closing individual sales each month. CoCard is seeking ambitious, charismatic individuals who are willing to take initiative and make calculated decisions in a team environment. The right candidate is someone with CRM experience, a commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, vigorous work ethic, and intuitive problem-solving skills. CoCard is an international business and because of this, English is a second language for many of our clients. Fluency in at least one additional language besides English is a requirement.

Bilingual Software Sales Manager Responsibilities:

  • Build a sales team from the ground up; hire, train and provide ongoing coaching and management to sales representatives
  • Place regular phone calls to warm sales leads
  • Self-source potential sales and business development opportunities
  • Reach out to existing customers to identify their needs
  • Provide excellent customer service, building a friendly rapport and always ensuring that client and partner issues are dealt with in a timely, accurate and professional manner
  • Perform other sales, management and administrative duties as requested
  • Manage lead generation programs and marketing efforts to garner new relationships and expand awareness of company
  • Consistently meet or exceed assigned sales revenue targets and goals established in sales plan, while motivating sales team members to do the same
  • Develop and deliver concise and effective sales presentations to our channel partners and prospective clients
  • Ensure that new client agreements and trainings are completed by the support team

Requirements:

  • 2-5 years experience selling and managing sales teams in the software or CRM industry
  • Bachelor’s degree (hands-on experience may substitute for some education)
  • Proven track record of building high-performing sales teams
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a time-critical environment
  • Excellent closing, negotiating and collaborative skills
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office, Adobe, Outlook, and the internet
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of motivation and persistence for office morale
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English required
  • Ability to work independently and as a team in high-pressure environment
  • Ability to analyze client requirements and business requirements accurately and quickly
  • Deep understanding of the CRM industry as a whole, and sales and marketing in particular
  • Thorough knowledge of merchant service industry sales process
  • General experience with PC-based CRM software

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter to hr@aaaccess.com.

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Major tech companies push for legislative reform of NSA’s accessibility laws

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With the continued expansion of internet prevalence in our everyday lives, it’s becoming harder each day to escape the ever-watching eyes of “Big Brother”. “Big Brother” is an idiomatic term that refers to government surveillance powers that oversee our actions on an everyday basis, the most relevant example in this instance being the NSA.

The NSA has recently experienced a significant amount of backlash from major tech companies because of its invasive and disturbing policies for mass data collection. A year after agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of private documents, executives from nine major tech companies (AOL, Dropbox, Google, Apple, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook) sent a letter to the Senate demanding a reform of internet privacy and security laws.

Specifically, Microsoft sounded off about the changes in legislation that they would like to see, in reference to cyber-spying and data hacking. One of their main gripes was towards the security of cloud-based services, and the lack of certainty behind the protection of their documents and information. Microsoft claims that the government has “intercepted data traveling across the internet”, and “hacked links between company data centres” (www.thegaurdian.com).

Microsoft has a strong call to action, with five specific desires:

  1. Recognize that U.S. search warrants do not have jurisdiction outside of the U.S.
  2. End bulk-collection of data (phone records, email records)
  3. Commit to the ending of large scale data centre hacking
  4. Reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, which makes its rulings in private.
  5. Improve transparency in terms of exactly what rights the government has to information and records.

It’s no secret that the government watches over us and keeps an eye out for suspicious activity. Many people understand and accept that it is for the greater good, but a great many (me included) believe that it is a serious breach of our Constitutional rights. With the constant increase in web/cloud based technology that businesses use for records, it’s a scary thought knowing that your business’s private information is always at the fingertips of the government; with little to no control over what the government can do or take from us, how much power do the people really have? Is the internet just another way for the government to control us? How do you think the government’s aggressive interference with private information will affect businesses in the future? Reply and let us know!

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How to Have Your Best Business Vacation Ever

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A recent survey done by American Express OPEN shows that small business owners are more comfortable taking summer vacations this year than any other year during the recession.

According to the survey, a reported 60% of respondents (small business owners) are planning a week-long vacation for this summer. This is a tremendous leap from last year’s record low 49%, and the highest percentage since 2006. The Small Business Monitor is crediting this increase to a rise in economic confidence on behalf of business owners, as well as in general optimism for sales.

Because so many small business owners are going on vacation this summer, it may be hard to keep the balance in the workplace. Here are a few tips to help you keep your business on track, so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Stop waiting for the perfect trip

For many business owners, the only reason they don’t actually take a vacation is because they don’t believe any options are convenient. Constantly looking for the perfect week in Paris, or that extended stay in Hawaii, business owners can miss simple opportunities to just get away. It doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant, just somewhere that‘s unfamiliar and keeps your mind away from your office. A trip to the mountains can provide you solitude that promotes both productivity and relaxation. Wherever you decide to go, just go somewhere.

Plan for your return

Although you’re leaving your office for a period of time, you’re probably still thinking about everything that’s still left to be done in your absence. Instead of beating yourself up about what needs to get done, make a list of everything you want to accomplish on your return, and leave it at that. Make a few quick edits or additions to the list when an idea hits you, but other than that, make the list and leave it alone.

Sleep in

This can be a very hard concept to grasp when you actually have the time to do it. A lot of us get so caught up in the daily grind of waking up early and going to bed late, when we actually have the time to rest, it almost feels wrong. Catch up on all the sleep you’ve missed in recent weeks, and make it a point to do EVERYTHING on your own time. You spend every waking moment living on a schedule, how about you just take the day on as it comes?

Check in when YOU feel like it

Many small business owners tend to forget that the purpose of a vacation is to actually get away from work. Often times, owners will get sucked into making sure things are still on track while they’re away from the office. A true vacation means unplugging completely from work and only providing contact for emergency situations. Obviously, it’s not recommended that you abandon your staff in entirety, so putting a little time aside each day to check emails and voice messages is a good strategy. Maybe thirty minutes here or there, just don’t let staying in the loop dictate your vacation.

Bring your family

Working with your own business can have you so consumed in your office culture that you lose touch with the whole reason you’re even there; make sure to include your close friends and family on your vacation to restore balance to your life. Catch up with friends, see how your kid is feeling, give your significant other a day of attention. Don’t lose the queen trying to protect the castle.

Give your employees the reins, see who steps up

In any business, there are employees beneath the managers who have high potential to lead in the future. When you take your leave, make sure you let these people know the responsibilities and expectations you have set for them. They should be the ones that you know can keep your business moving seamlessly in your absence. Who works the fastest? Who gets the most done each day? Who understands your vision? These are important questions to ask, and the answers that you get will ultimately decide who is next in line to run your business.

Enjoy the moment

This may sound like a cut-and-dry statement, but always take time to actually appreciate your vacation. Stop and look, try some food you’ve never had before, take a lot of pictures; do everything in your power to make the trip as memorable as possible. Often times, moments of inspiration and epiphanies hit us when we are at the peak of positive thought. You may become inspired with an ingenious business idea while enjoying your time off, and who knows, it could make all the difference for your next quarter.

Get excited!

Although planning a vacation somewhere can be stressful for a multitude of reasons, that’s still not a good enough reason to dread the process. Sure, packing, booking, and the actual traveling process can be a tax, but once all of that is out of the way, you feel great! Often times, just anticipating a new adventure can be enough to get you through a tough day you’re having. Use the potential for a great, memorable experience to motivate you through your last few days of work. Having something to look forward to boosts your morale, happiness, and promotes positive thought.

 

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Apple unveils changes to Mac, and hints at potential watch

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Apple recently unveiled their most recent collection of products, most notably the Ios8 mobile phone.

Although there were many improvements with the iPhone, such as multi-app messaging and group message self-removal, there were also several other products that got some upgrades; this includes their signature personal computer, the Mac, and reportedly, a potential watch.

According to www.hufftingtonpost.com, the new Mac computers will run off a program entitled “Yosemite”. Yosemite has a few notable features, one being a new, “flat” design that makes every application on the screen appear more like those on an iPhone. It’s OSX programming allows users to make calls and send text messages from their computers.

Other improvements include an enhanced search bar, as well as enhanced email usability. Users now can send larger documents, and the Apple email app allows users to mark up emails and write signatures.

The most notable improvement may be the ‘DropBox-like’ storage device called iCloud Drive. The program allows users to organize and find documents from both Apple and Windows devices. They are set to be available his fall.

The potential iWatch also has interesting features, reportedly include a new Healthbook software that hosts multiple health-monitoring devices (blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors, etc.), and notifies the wearer of any changes during exercise.

The “Quicktype” feature may also be featured for wearers, an app that allows quick messaging to contacts by suggesting words and phrases.

Although one can always speculate about the innovations that Apple intends to make every year, it’s undeniable that their work continues to change the landscape of technology every year. What do you think of the changes to Apple products? Reply and let us know!

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iOS8 Arrives

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Apple recently revealed its next generation of iPhone, the iOS8, at a conference yesterday. Although there weren’t too many changes, there were still some interesting improvements made to the device. Since iPhone’s are arguably the most popular and widely used phones in America, it seemed only necessary to review a few of the improvements made.

The most interesting (and arguably most useful) improvements to the iPhone are the notification updates. Users now have the ability to respond to messages in different applications while still using another one. For example, if you received a text message right as you were sending a tweet, you are now able to respond to the text message without having to close the Twitter application. The double-tap feature of the home button now also allows you to see your most frequent contacts.

Users are now also able to mark and delete emails in a single motion through the mail application, as well as now having the ability to look through the inbox while composing messages.

Another major improvement to the iPhone is the annoying ‘autocorrect’ feature that it has. Users are now able to get suggestions for the correct word while they are typing, but can ultimately ignore the changes if desired. The update also allows users to form a kind of jargon with their most frequent contacts; the iPhone will memorize specific slang and word choices that users associate with particular contacts.

Another major problem that is addressed with the update is that annoying, contantly buzzing, ever-glowing group message. You can finally remove yourself from any group you don’t desire to converse with! Another text message update is the ability to send locations to contacts for set amounts of time.

Overall, the updated iPhone addresses many of the issues that iPhone users frequently faced. Apple seems to constantly find new ways to improve their cutting edge electronics, and the iOS8 doesn’t disappoint.

What do you think of the iOS8? Let us know!

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