NEW STERLING COMMERCE MODULAR PRODUCT STRATEGY DELIVERS ADVANCED INTEGRATION CAPABILITIES FOR GENTRAN CUSTOMERS
London, July 24th, 2002 – Sterling Commerce today announced Gentran Integration Suite, a modular software suite designed to put Gentran customers on the path to a strategic integration platform.
Gentran:Server is Sterling Commerce’s translation software designed to handle high-volume messaging in a distributed computing environment. With more than 6,000 Gentran:Server customers worldwide, the suite is designed to quickly offer many new capabilities as well as provide a path to evolving a strategic integration platform by offering new functionality as needed.
Gentran:Server customers will receive a base version of Gentran Integration Suite as a free maintenance upgrade, which instantly marks Sterling Commerce as a leading worldwide provider of integration. The base version includes enhancements to Gentran:Server such as improved document tracking and thin client administration.
The Gentran Integration Suite is powered by Sterling Integrator, a next generation integration broker software solution, which was first introduced to the US market last year. Sterling Integrator is built on J2EE-based architecture and supported by a BPML-based business process engine. With Sterling Integrator as a basis for the suite, Gentran:Server users can deploy a state-of-the art integration broker architecture for both internal and external business systems integration while totally preserving the EDI functionality of their production Gentran:Server environment.
Additional options of the suite, which are available for licensing separately, include Web services integration, an integration broker, business process management, real-time cross-application event monitoring, integrated human workflow, partner self-service and support for sophisticated B2B protocols such as ebXML, EDI-INT, RosettaNet and UCCNet.
Roy Lee, Senior Director Marketing, EMEA from Sterling Commerce, said: “This is a powerful value proposition that helps new and existing Gentran customers evolve to advanced integration capabilities. The suite allows them to build on their existing investment and to create a strategic integration platform that will streamline their business processes. For more than 25 years, Sterling Commerce has helped its customers realise new efficiencies through electronic commerce. Gentran Integration Suite demonstrates we are not only focusing on customer needs, but moving to validate our leadership in the integration market.”
Gentran Integration Suite alters the economic face of the integration software market by eliminating the typical six- to nine-month evaluation period required by businesses for a major strategic integration broker purchase.
Lee continued: “We recognise that for many companies, a modular approach is the most cost effective and realistic way to achieve strategic integration, as it allows businesses to leverage, protect and extend their current software investments.”
Tyler McDaniel, director application strategies of analyst house, Hurwitz Group, added: “The Sterling Commerce strategy responds to the need of its customers to incrementally grow their integration capabilities by leveraging and extending their existing eCommerce investments. This results in reducing the complexity, achieving faster time to market and lowering the total cost of ownership.”
Gentran Integration Suite and Sterling Integrator will be available for the EMEA market by November 2002. Initially, Gentran Integration Suite is available for the Gentran: Server Unix platform and within the next 12 months the suite will be offered to all existing Gentran platforms, including Windows NT/2000, AS/400 and OS/390. Sterling Commerce is the only company offering an integration broker positioned to run on all major operating system platforms.
Gentran Integration Suite modules address the four key areas of enterprise integration needs, allowing customers to initially implement modules that meet immediate needs and add new functionality as those needs expand. Capabilities include:
· Enterprise application integration, including a range of adapters, which are available for licensing separately, to enable seamless flow of information between business applications, as well as data source management capabilities
· EDI trading community management, encompassing all widely used EDI standards
· B2B commerce community management, allowing the integration of trading communities based on emerging Internet-based standards such as XML and RosettaNet, available through separate licensing
· Web enablement, supporting community enablement features that expedite and simplify the participation of trading partners in electronic commerce communities; available through separate licensing
Lee concluded: “The Gentran Integration suite provides a bridge from the old to the new, from the propriety to open, from legacy standards to new standards, from file/document-centric to transaction centric — in a modular, granular fashion at our customers’ own pace.”
Sterling Commerce, Gentran, Gentran Integration Suite, Gentran:Server and Sterling Integrator are either service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Sterling Commerce Inc. or its affiliated companies. All other company, product and brand names referenced are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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About Sterling Commerce
Sterling Commerce, a wholly owned subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) is one of the world's largest providers of business-to-business commerce solutions. For Global 5000 companies and their customers, suppliers and partners, Sterling Commerce software and services help maximize business performance and improve business metrics through integration of applications, external partner systems and people. With more than 25 years of experience serving tens of thousands of customers in a vast range of industries, Sterling Commerce is a recognized pioneer in business-to-business commerce through its longstanding expertise in EDI. Today, as customers explore new ways to improve business performance via the Internet, Sterling Commerce continues to innovate its software and services to further the global adoption of e-commerce while offering its customers strategic solutions that leverage existing technology.
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