CPI Card Group white paper educates financial institutions on assessing instant issuance platforms

Software as a Service (SaaS) and Software for Purchase (SFP) instant issuance model guidance for financial instuitions seeking to meet consumer demands January 30, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

LITTLETON, CO (January 30, 2018)CPI Card Group® (Nasdaq:PMTS, TSX:PMTS) (“CPI” or the “Company”), a global leader in financial and EMV® chip card production and related services, today released “Instant Issuance: Deeper considerations when choosing between Software as a Service (SaaS) or Software for Purchase (SFP)”, a white paper highlighting the various factors financial institutions should consider when choosing between the two principal models for an in-branch instant issuance solution.

In today’s consumer-driven, on-demand environment in the financial services industry, instant issuance has become a key focus to meet growing customer expectations at the branch-level. A crucial decision when building an instant issuance program is determining the ownership of the server in which the solution will store secure data for programming new cards. Issuers can choose from either a SaaS platform in which organizations select a supplier that offers cloud-service software and the server is owned by the supplier, or an SFP platform that provides a secure server and software for purchase, owned and maintained by the financial institution.

“Decision-makers must examine the financial institution’s unique situation at a deeper level to determine the instant issuance model that is most appropriate for their needs, and to consider the cost efficiency and human resources that go along with it,” said Lane Dubin, SVP and General Manager, Prepaid and Instant Issuance at CPI Card Group. “Our newest white paper aims to help make these assessments between SaaS and SFP instant issuance platforms and to support FIs in evaluating their options.”

Knowing how each model approaches the fundamentals of card issuance – and the effects on economic, staff and time resources – will help decision-makers to find the best instant issuance platform solution. “Instant Issuance: Deeper considerations when choosing between Software as a Service (SaaS) or Software for Purchase (SFP),” illustrates how SaaS and SFP platforms have different implications around a number of organizational factors, such as cryptographic keys responsibilities, EMV certifications, employee involvement, and timeline of the desired instant issuance launch.

“We’ve seen financial institutions, small and large, implement successful instant issuance programs with our patented SaaS solution, Card@Once®,” added Dubin. “CPI’s comprehensive approach unburdens branch employees and ensures, in a manner of seconds, cardholders can walk out of the location with a custom, personalized card in hand.”

To download “Instant Issuance: Deeper considerations when choosing between Software as a Service (SaaS) or Software for Purchase (SFP),” click here.

For more information about CPI Card Group’s instant issuance solution, Card@Once®, click here.

About CPI Card Group

CPI Card Group® is a payment technology company and leading provider of credit, debit and prepaid solutions delivered physically, digitally and on-demand. CPI helps our customers foster connections and build their brands through innovative and reliable solutions, including financial payment cards, personalization, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) instant issuance. CPI has more than 20 years of experience in the payments market and is a trusted partner to financial institutions and payments services providers. Serving customers from locations throughout the United States, CPI has a large network of high security facilities, each of which is registered as PCI compliant by one or more of the payment brands: Visa, Mastercard®, American Express® and Discover®. Learn more at


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