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service bureau

[′sər·vəs ‚byu̇r·ō]
(computer science)
An organization that offers time sharing and software services to its users who communicate with a computer in the bureau from terminals on their premises.

service bureau

An organization that provides data processing services. The term was widely used prior to cloud computing, although many service bureaus still exist to provide functions such as data entry, data conversion and batch processing. Service organizations also support imagesetting, color proofing, slide creation and other related publishing services on an hourly or per job basis. Connections are typically via the Internet, although dial-up and private lines were commonly used in the past. See cloud computing and XaaS.
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A service bureau alsocan help companies deal with differences in the way various banks use SWIFT messages, he said.
The original version of Alliance Lite, AU, experienced light take-up because of message and volume restrictions, but [AL.sub.2] removes those restrictions and makes it possible to avoid using a service bureau as the middleman, she says.
WRG currently serves more than 225 credit unions, including 15 through its Episys service bureau. Other services include online and mobile banking, bill pay, electronic alerts, multifactor authentication, memberdirected ACH, and online account opening
* Payroll Service Bureau Program -- In addition to electronic tax filing and payment capabilities, UBCC allows users to automatically generate tax payment checks (as well as health savings accounts, child support, garnishment and other third-party payments via check or ACH payment) directly to the appropriate authority.
of Laser Design, Inc., is one of the leading laser-scanning service bureaus in North America.
Accountant-Centric payroll processing centers give accountants the same capabilities--processing power, automation, and economies of scale--that were previously available only to the payroll service bureaus.
1 under Rule 301, "Computer Processing of Clients' Returns," would update and broaden the application of the ethics ruling beyond that of an outside tax service bureau and make it applicable to any third-party service provider used by the member.
Xenos products are deployed at organizations worldwide, in industries including banking, brokerage, government, healthcare, hospital, insurance, manufacturing, service bureau and telecommunications.
* Referring a client to a service bureau in which the CPA (or his or her spouse) holds a material financial interest.
As one of its functions, CEISS has evolved into a consortium and service bureau for five smaller institutions.
HPD's Emergency Service Bureau (ESB) had attempted to access the premises to restore essential services but was denied access by the owner.