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¤ Sterling Commerce Joins RosettaNet Board

¤ Extends Industry Leadership

London, 20 November 2002 ©¤ Suresh Damodaran, Ph.D., senior software architect, Standards and Applied Technology for Sterling Commerce, has been named chief architect at RosettaNet. The appointment is a highly visible, one-year assignment with the consortium. In this role reporting to RosettaNet's chief technologist, Dr. Damodaran will drive the development of RosettaNet's architectural strategy and lead the ongoing activities of RosettaNet's Architecture Office.

The appointment of Damodaran by RosettaNet underlines Sterling Commerce's 25 years of electronic commerce experience and continued leadership with industry standards efforts to advance inter-enterprise integration.

We are pleased to welcome Suresh to RosettaNet where he will serve a highly critical function within the consortium, said Paul Tearnen, vice president of Standards Management, RosettaNet. Suresh's solid background in leading next generation technology initiatives, coupled with Sterling Commerce's commitment to B2B standards and supply chain integration, makes him an excellent match for the important position.

Damodaran's background includes work on distributed tools for high performance systems with Hewlett Packard and Los Alamos National Laboratory with roles including software engineer, software architect, hardware design engineer researcher and lecturer. His current focus is the secure and reliable use of Web Services around inter-enterprise integration.

RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium of more than 450 of the world's leading Information Technology, Electronic Components, Semiconductor Manufacturing and Solution Provider companies working to create, implement and promote open e-commerce business process standards. RosettaNet is recognised as being the first industry consortium to deliver an exhaustive set of standards that encompasses the entire high tech supply chain spectrum.

In August 2002, RosettaNet merged with the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) as an independent subsidiary. The merger is intended to drive joint development of B2B standards supporting interoperability across multiple industries, resulting in more rapid supply chain integration and efficiency.

To further demonstrate leadership in the industry, Sterling Commerce also has joined RosettaNet's Solution Provider (SP) Board, representing the consortium on a global basis. The SP Board includes leading enterprise application developers, solution integrators, consultancies and eMarketplaces that drive critical development and implementation strategies in support of key RosettaNet initiatives.
Sam Starr, chief operating officer, Sterling Commerce said, Suresh's recent appointment and our involvement on RosettaNet's SP Board furthers Sterling's ability to respond to our customers needs by contributing to the development and adoption of open electronic commerce standards that align the processes between business partners, we're proud to extend our standards leadership for these critical roles at RosettaNet and are enthusiastic about the opportunities that this initiative provides for multi-industry supply chain integration.

Sterling Commerce has been actively involved with RosettaNet since 1999 and continues support for the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) 2.0 through the latest release of Sterling Integrator, a business process-centric integration broker, and Gentran:Server, a data transformation software solution. RosettaNet¡¯s RNIF 2.0 assists in the reduction of B2B integration support costs, increased trading network capabilities, and improved collaboration across the supply chain.

For more information visit http://www.sterlingcommerce.com/go/walmart


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 maximise 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 recognised 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.

For more information, visit http://www.sterlingcommerce.co.uk

About RosettaNet

RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment
of open Internet-based business standards that align processes within the global high-technology trading network. More than 450 companies representing over $1 trillion in annual information technology, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing revenues currently participate in RosettaNet¡¯s standards development, strategy and implementation activities.
RosettaNet is a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. A complete list of member companies and more information on RosettaNet is available at http://www.rosettanet.org


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