The European Business Awards ( has announced that Cardtek Group is to represent Turkey as a National Finalist in the prestigious 2012/13 Awards programme. Cardtek Group beat off stiff competition to be selected as National Finalist and will now compete for National Champion status in the next round of the competition. Final category Award winners will be unveiled April 2013.

The European Business Awards has identified some of Europe's brightest businesses based on their ability to demonstrate the three core principles at the heart of the Awards programme. The esteemed panel of judges were looking for organisations to represent their countries who exhibited innovation, business excellence and sustainability.

Cardtek Group General Manager Murat Goksenin Guzel has stated that "At Cardtek Group we're absolutely thrilled to be selected to represent Turkey. We've been operating for over 10 years in the payment systems sector and it's an honour to be recognised as one of the leading organisations in our country and in our field. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe's most dynamic companies. We're looking forward to the next round of the competition."

The European Business Awards is dedicated to raising the visibility and progress of companies who excel in delivering innovation twinned with successful commercial results whilst acting responsibly and positively affecting the social environment they operate in. We would like to share our passion about being able to compete in this award representing our country.
Cardtek Group Company SmartSoft's payment processing solution achieves Oracle Exadata ready status

Payment processing solution OCEAN card package is tested and Optimized on Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Cardtek Group Company SmartSoft announces that OCEAN payment processing solution Release 7.6 has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle Partner Network (OPN) and is certified for Oracle Database 11gR2 and Solaris 11 or Linux 5.5 and 6.

Today's announcement demonstrates that SmartSoft has fully tested and supports OCEAN 7.6 on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. OCEAN is a complete payment processing solution that enables payments any time, any place, with any device. With its flexible and modular architecture, OCEAN provides the industry with end-to-end payment software solution.

SmartSoft complete payment processing solution includes credit, debit and prepaid cards, POS and ATM management, clearing and settlement solutions, dispute, chargeback and collection management, loyalty and campaign management solutions. SmartSoft is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Oracle Exadata Optimized is part of the Oracle Exastack Optimized program which allows partners, such as SmartSoft, to be recognized by Oracle for developing, testing and tuning their applications on the latest component products of Oracle Exadata Database Machine engineered systems.

By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status, Oracle recognizes SmartSoft for developing, testing and tuning OCEAN 7.6 payment processing solution on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. This accomplishment is a testament to SmartSoft's ability to deliver the extreme performance and reliability customers require. With Oracle Exadata Optimized status, SmartSoft will receive access to corresponding Oracle branding, logos and related benefits to effectively differentiate their offerings.

With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, SmartSoft OCEAN 7.6 payment processing solution is running 2 times faster for application business users. This positive results has been tested at Oracle partner hub LinkPLUS in Istanbul Turkey. The positive impact on the application runtime comes from utilizing the unique Exadata software features such as Smart Flash Cache by the application transparent and with result of better performance in write and read processes. The OCEAN application is always on based on multiple processor support with failover provided by Real Application Clusters enablement leading into less downtime and reducing the risk of not loosing payment revenue. OCEAN application statistic reports daily are 10 times faster as Exadata Smart Scan is reducing unnecessary I/O to disk.

"Oracle Exastack Optimized recognizes partners who have optimized their solutions on a complete, integrated and cloud-ready infrastructure in order to help them accelerate innovation, unlock new features and functionality, and deliver superior value to users," said Chris Baker, Senior Vice President, Worldwide ISV and OEM Sales, Oracle. "By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status, SmartSoft has demonstrated its product OCEAN 7.6 payment processing solution is tested and tuned to work with Oracle Exadata Database machine to help deliver optimum performance, scalability, and reliability to their customers."

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