CU*BASE ASP Strategy

At CU*Answers, we offer our clients a core solution not a core system.

CU*Answers’ signature CU*BASE system combines the processing power of a proven, feature rich application with business logic and middleware standards designed to promote integration with third party systems such as Zoot for online credit bureau access and Payveris for electronic bill payment and presentment. This open business philosophy empowers clients to expand into new, dynamic processes on a level rarely found with traditional packages.

The ASP model targets credit unions of any size. Benefits of the ASP include a menu of enterprise processing services, including Network Services – a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offering a secured, high-speed link to access select business partners, virtual education, technical and client support services. Additionally, CU*Answers will manage client data communications and network security access to CU*BASE, while providing a single delivery channel for services such as online banking, audio response, ATM/debit and credit card offerings. All of these are tightly integrated to benefit from the CU*BASE relational database structure.

The ASP model incorporates TCP/IP networking, popular LAN/WAN server technology, CISCO communications routers and firewall security to provide automated systems balancing and controls. To ensure maximum efficiency, the ASP is architected to be physically separated from CU*Answers programming, quality control and item processing networks. Other ASP benefits include:

Minimal Capital Investment
ASP eliminates upfront, long-term capital expenditures often associated with in-house processing including equipment, software license fees, operations staff and more.
Future Growth Demands
ASP incorporates unlimited scalability as based future growth demands, without the client having to budget for or incur large capital outlays.
Eliminate Technology Obsolescence
ASP clients typically deploy new member services faster. Since the ASP pricing model is based upon a per transaction or event basis, clients benefit from eliminating cash layouts routinely required for keeping up with rapidly changing technology, and the financial risk associated with member indifference to those purchased products.
Operational Simplicity
End of day, end of month and year-end processing requirements become a non-event. CU*Answers literally becomes an extension of your staff for completing these processes. An added benefit is that ASP clients are able to eliminate their dependence upon a single-operator shift having to support a 24/7 self-service product environment.
Disaster Recovery and Security
ASP incorporates an extensive and layered approach to ensuring optimum performance and security safeguards. Back-up systems include transaction posting to redundant processing platforms, on-site battery and generator back-up, contracted IBM hot-site services, and Branch Sharing options; all for under 2.5 cents per member month!
Peace of Mind
ASP eliminates the stress and worries often associated with managing an internal system. In many ways, it allows credit union people to focus on what they do best versus having to become data processing and network security experts. What value do you place on this? For many, ASP provides the perfect balance for promoting quality member service while ensuring a regular and consistent approach to data processing.
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November 1, 2016

Join the Beta Pool and Earn a CollabRebate!

Join the Beta Pool and Earn a CollabRebate!

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS Earn a $3,000 CollabRebate for Testing New CU*BASE Tools and Features Coming with the 20.05 Release! Learn more about enhancements coming with the 20.05 release, eligibility requirements for joining the beta pool, and what you will need to do to receive the CollabRebate reward on your CU*Answers invoice. To… Read more »

Feb 13, 2020

The Next HA Rollover is Coming March 8th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

The Next HA Rollover is Coming March 8th – We Need You to Perform a Connectivity Test!

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover is scheduled for the morning of Sunday, March 8. What’s unique about this HA rollover is that we will be operating live on a new HA server installed back… Read more »

Feb 7, 2020

January Owner’s View Monthly Recap

January Owner’s View Monthly Recap

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS: Our projects hatch from your input! Check out recent programming changes in the January 2020 edition of the Owner’s View Monthly Recap! January 2020 Owner’s View Monthly Recap The Owner’s View Monthly Recap is designed to keep you informed of feature improvements, vendor enhancements, and other changes to CU*BASE… Read more »

Feb 6, 2020

[The Pulse] 2020 Business Continuity Plan Now Available

[The Pulse] 2020 Business Continuity Plan Now Available

CU*Answers Business Continuity Plan: 2020 Release Now Available   As your core data processor, we continue to invest in high availability and recovery strategies to ensure that the products and services you count on us for are there when you need them. Implementing those strategies and responding when uncertainty happens requires a well-designed and thoroughly… Read more »

Jan 28, 2020

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available Rollover: October 27 – November 5 Now available for your review is the summary report of the unscheduled, emergency HA (high-availability) rollover event performed between October 27 and November 5, 2019.  In the report, you will find details about the unfolding circumstances that resulted in a failover and recovery effort… Read more »

Jan 17, 2020

December CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap

December CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS: Our projects hatch from your input! Check out recent programming changes in the December 2019 edition of the CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap! December 2019 Monthly Monitor Recap The CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap is designed to keep you informed of feature improvements, vendor enhancements, and other changes to CU*BASE and… Read more »

Jan 6, 2020

CU*BASE GOLD 19.12 Coming Soon!

CU*BASE GOLD 19.12 Coming Soon!

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS Another CU*BASE Release Is Coming!  Mark your calendars for the date below, when you will receive CU*BASE GOLD Version 19.12: Online credit unions: December 15 Site-Four partners: December 15 Self-processing credit unions: December 15 Release Documents 19.12 Release Summary 19.12 Database Changes 19.12 Tool Changes Reminder: GOLD Version Check… Read more »

Dec 9, 2019

November CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap

November CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNIONS: Our projects hatch from your input! Check out recent programming changes in the November 2019 edition of the CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap! November 2019 Monthly Monitor Recap The CU*BASE Monthly Monitor Recap is designed to keep you informed of feature improvements, vendor enhancements, and other changes to CU*BASE and… Read more »

Dec 5, 2019