ADP Selects IBM's WebSphere For Internet Payroll And Human Resources Applications

ADP's Pay eXpert Sets New Standard For Internet Payroll Processing

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SOMERS, NY - 03 Dec 2001: Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP(R)), Major Accounts e-Business Services, the leading provider of integrated outsourced human resource services, announced today that they have selected IBM's WebSphere e-infrastructure software as the foundation for its recently released Pay eXpert(R) product. Pay eXpert, a key component of ADP's eXpert ServicesSM suite of solutions for the mid-market, is an Internet application that allows ADP clients to process payroll using only a Web browser. Pay eXpert also includes a self-service module that enables employees to access their own payroll data conveniently via the Internet.

"Our primary technical requirements are security and scalability," said Yen-Ping Shan, vice president of Internet and client/server product development, ADP. "Our clients demand the most reliable, scalable, and secure technologies. We need to engineer the Pay eXpert application to eventually serve more than 100,000 companies and more than 20 million employees. IBM's WebSphere will help meet this challenge."

According to Shan, "To deliver on ADP's World Class Service commitment, we need enterprise-level support from our technology providers for this truly mission-critical application. IBM's service and commitment to ADP drove the decision to deploy Pay eXpert on WebSphere." ADP ran more than 25,000 test cases during the application server evaluation.

Pay eXpert currently serves over 100 ADP clients and processes the payroll data of more than 20,000 employees. Over the next year, ADP expects 20 percent of its new Major Accounts clients to use Pay eXpert. Over time, Pay eXpert is expected to lower ADP's operating costs by reducing or eliminating the need to distribute software on CDs, and by utilizing Web-based service and training models.

ADP's Pay eXpert application features an innovative and efficient user interface that is specially designed for business professionals who use the application many hours a day. It also includes advanced support technology such as voice-over-IP based remote training and integrated phone, chat and an e-mail support system. Pay eXpert leverages WebSphere's security features and provides 128-bit encryption, user digital certificates and single sign-on technology.

Pay eXpert currently utilizes XML. In the future, ADP plans to integrate Web services into the WebSphere-based application.

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