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Visa Receives 2010 IBM Award for Innovation

Visa recognized for leadership in information management, enhancing consumer payment experience and safeguarding payments through real-time intelligence

San Francisco and Armonk, NY, - 25 Oct 2010: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), the global payments technology company, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Visa is the winner of IBM’s annual Information on Demand 2010 Innovation Award, recognizing Visa’s leadership in using cutting-edge information technology and real-time data analytics to drive growth, prevent fraud, and improve the consumer payment experience.

With more than 1.8 billion Visa cards accepted at millions of retailers and ATMs around the globe, Visa’s global network, VisaNet, processes a growing number of increasingly complex electronic payments. Visa’s ability to not only manage but master information in real-time, providing its clients and Visa cardholders with a growing number of information-based services, sets the company apart as a leading innovator in payments today.

“Few people recognize the critical role VisaNet plays in not only transactions processing, but delivering business intelligence and real-time information that empowers financial institutions, retailers and Visa account holders,” said Mike Dreyer, Chief Information Officer, Visa Inc. “Only because Visa is able to touch each transaction generated from our products can we deliver this level of innovation that fuels commerce globally and expands the utility and reach of digital currency worldwide.”

Visa was recognized by IBM for achievements to date in information management and a visionary plan to further transform Visa’s business. By harnessing and analyzing the data behind each transaction, Visa is adding value to the traditional payment transaction and providing its clients with improved business intelligence.

"As traditional payment services are complemented by emerging ones, payment providers are tasked with the need to provide value-added services for merchant banks, retailers and cardholders,” said James Wallis, vice president, IBM Global Payments Industry. “Visa's forward-looking approach to data management is propelling the company to stay one step ahead of these trends."

VisaNet, the world’s largest retail electronic payments network processes more than 100 billion transactions each year representing more than $4.8 trillion in value. Its centralized processing architecture enables Visa to analyze information in real-time and is a catalyst for innovations. Visa information-based services are among the most advanced in the payments industry, they include:

Visa is currently working with IBM as part of a global initiative to continue Visa’s heritage of analyzing payment system data to deliver ever-greater value to customers and cardholders. The initiative is designed to further enhance Visa’s ability to deliver real-time business intelligence to global clients and account holders, and will help ensure Visa’s information-based services remain a key competitive differentiator.

IBM’s Innovation Awards are given out annually at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference. Winners are selected among thousands of clients that are using IBM technologies to transform their business.

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About Visa Inc.:

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit  www.corporate.visa.com

About IBM:

For more information and  news from the IOD Conference and Business Analytics Forum: www.ibm.com/press/baiod2010

To hear how IBM clients are using analytics to transform their business visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/ibmbusinessanalytics

Contact(s) information

Erica Topolski
IBM Media Relations
1-617-388-9457
Ericat@us.ibm.com

Elvira Swanson
Visa Inc
1-415 932 2564
globalmedia@visa.com

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