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Monday, 10 September 2007 11:38

Sterling Commerce Extends Leadership Position for Technology Standards

Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), today announced enhanced capabilities for industry and horizontal standards that promote interoperability, including additional support for Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX), Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDX), Open Applications Group (OAGi) and the Global Upstream Supply Initiative (GUSI). Standards support will enable its Gentran Integration Suite (GIS) 4.3 customers to automate their implementation of key initiatives across various supply chains, including aerospace, automotive, chemical, consumer packaged goods, high technology and petroleum. The GIS 4.3 release is planned for October 2007.  

'The Open Applications Group is committed to driving down integration costs by removing the barriers to interoperability in business-to-business (B2B) and application-to-application (A2A) integration across various industries on a global scale,' said David Connelly, chief executive officer of Open Applications Group. 'Solution providers, such as Sterling Commerce, play a key role in enabling this interoperability in supply chains across the globe.'

Sterling Commerce was positioned in the 'Leader' quadrant in the Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects, 2Q07.'[1]  GIS, a multi-enterprise integration platform, provides the interoperability required to adapt IT infrastructure to changing market conditions.  GIS enables companies to reduce the cost, time, risk, and complexity of integration projects spanning internal and external boundaries.  GIS helps companies offload excess inventory, decrease time to market, enter new markets and create new sales channels.  In addition, GIS enables rapid trading partner on-boarding and interoperability on a global scale. 

In order to better support customer requirements to adapt to rapidly changing trading partner, industry, and legislative mandates, Sterling Commerce is committed to actively participate in, monitor, and support industry and horizontal standards bodies to deliver new and updated capabilities including:  expanded support, shortened time-to-market, and reuse across Sterling Commerce solutions.

'Standards are a critical component of our IT strategy because we must have the flexibility to interoperate with all of our trading partners across various industries and marketplaces," said Mark Zrna, Senior Systems Engineer, Orica.   'By supporting a wide variety of standards, GIS enables us to quickly and efficiently adapt to ever-changing requirements.'

 Fundamental to the Sterling Commerce standards advancement process is the ability to reuse core standards and data translation across various solutions. As the company continues to grow its solution portfolio, the company's standards support will be consistent across all products and services. Standards release schedules will be independent of other product release schedules, accelerating time to market to better support customers. This allows customers to choose the appropriate solution that enables their trading communities. This also further enables a customer to focus on solving key business problems rather than on which technologies are required in order to solve their problems based on standards support. Sterling Commerce standards are built to be used in either a software or hosted environment and by integration and application solutions within the overall product suite


About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), has more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in helping FORTUNE 500® customers thrive in a global economy by optimizing the performance of their business communities. With nearly 30,000 customers worldwide, the company is one of the world's largest providers of multi-enterprise collaboration solutions.  Sterling Commerce has unparalleled experience in the retail, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications industries. For detailed, up-to-date information about Sterling Commerce and its solutions, visit www.sterlingcommerce.com.


[1] * MarketScope Disclaimer

The MarketScope is copyrighted, 2Q 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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