Alaric Systems Limited has achieved industry-optimized status in IBM’s PartnerWorld Industry Networks. Alaric can now take advantage of IBM’s sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on-demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the global payments industry. Alaric creates software to serve a blue-chip client base of banks, card processors and other financial institutions in the UK, Europe and the Americas. Key products include Authentic, which is a card authorization, payment gateway and switching solution, and Sabre and Fractals, which offer card issuers and acquirers a choice of approaches to fraud prevention. Alaric and IBM have been working together to port these products to key technical environments including AIX and Linux on POWER5, Linux on IBM eServer xSeries and WebSphere MQ.