CheckFree Launches New Certified STP Partner Programme and Signs Linedata Services

LONDON, 14 May, 2004 — CheckFree Software, a division of CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq:CKFR), today announced the launch of its new Certified STP Partner (CSTP) programme. The Certified STP partner programme has been designed to enable vendors to quickly integrate their applications with the SWIFTReady Gold CheckFree TradeFlow TPMTM and CheckFree MessageBrokerTM financial messaging and workflow solutions (formerly HelioGraph products, HelioGraph is now part of the CheckFree Software group). This in turn will lead to a broader selection of globally enabled straight through processing applications and more stable platforms, thus benefiting the industry as a whole.

The programme is available to vendors offering complementary solutions in the securities industry. The certification process includes connectivity testing and verification of messaging protocols by CheckFree to ensure the certified partner’s application can successfully interface with CheckFree’s solution.

CFACS-certified STP partners will benefit from partner programme support including:

- Verification of SWIFT and other messaging protocols
- Baseline compatibility and the metadata integration of partnerapplications with CheckFreeTradeFlow TPM and CheckFree MessageBroker
- Co-marketing incentives such as trade show visibility as aCFACS partner and a CSTP programme emblem for marketing purposes
- Access to CheckFree’s expert technical support, ongoing maintenance and the assistance of a professional services team that isable to analyse the impact of system upgrades, improvements or new features and apply integration expertise as a SWIFTReady Gold market leader.

The CSTP programme will advance the industry by giving securities firms who adopt CheckFree solutions and certified partner solutions confidence that their technology choices will yield an effective, compatible STP infrastructure.

Linedata Services first to join CSTP
CheckFree’s first certified partner in the CSTP programme is Linedata Services (LDS), a leading global supplier of financial services software solutions. Within two weeks of joining the programme CheckFree and Linedata produced a successful proof-of-concept interfacing LDS’ Icon back-office system with CheckFree MessageBroker, a component of TradeFlow TPM. The result is a broader connectivity gateway for Icon users via SWIFT and other international messaging standards. Says Peter Hudson, Head of Product Marketing at LDS(UK): "The CSTP program enabled us to quickly prove the compatibility of our two best-of-breed solutions. This joint solution now gives our Icon customers global reach through MessageBroker, opening up new markets and providing a seamless, de-risked STP production environment."

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