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Aarhus & London, 07.12.02: Stibo Catalog, the world's leading product content management software solution provider has announced the launch of the market's most advanced solution for extended enterprises. As the pioneer of the world's first product content management and cross media publishing suite, STEP v4.6 heralds the arrival of a new generation of enterprise tools for acquiring, managing and publishing data throughout the entire supply chain with the integration of best-of-breed supplier relationship management (SRM) and e-catalog tools.

STEP v4.6 enables businesses to manage the increasingly complex demands for content quickly and effectively, and with considerable savings in both time and investment compared to a multi-vendor solution. It is the only turn-key solution to enable manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to receive e-catalogs from suppliers, containing both complex and rich data, in a variety of file formats and store them in a media neutral relational data repository. This data can then be organised and published both internally to ERP and CRM applications, and externally to web, digital and print media with a single key stroke.

These benefits are the result of a careful amalgamation of supplier relationship management tools into Stibo Catalog's market leading media neutral data management and cross media publishing solution. The new v4.6 includes a very comprehensive versioning feature and supports the concept of workspaces, which allow multiple authors to work on the same product information at the same time without interfering with each others work - thereby providing a truly collaborative authoring environment for product content management.

In addition, v4.6 has increased functionality with the development of automatic translation tools (translation was a manual function with previous generations of STEP), a new integrated QuarkXPress tool, and a re-styling of the STEP user interface. The latest generation of STEP has also been developed to integrate fully with existing e-business and procurement applications including ORACLE, CommerceOne and Ariba.

Ian Cashmore, Global Commercial Director of Stibo Catalog and UK Managing Director, says, 'STEP v4.6 is the first of a new generation of enterprise software solutions, offering enterprises the opportunity to control data throughout the entire extended enterprise. Our solution is the first to utilise acknowledged best-of-breed applications in SRM and media neutral publishing capabilities, and as a result provides customers with a quality assured and proven product.

'e-business has been waiting for a truly integrated solution which will make end-to-end data management quicker and more cost effective. STEP v4.6 will drive competitive advantage while improving profitability for all e-enabled businesses.'

ENDS 07.12.02

For more information about STEP v4.6, please contact Ian Cashmore at Stibo Catalog on +44 (0) 1793 513 710 or via email on

For editorial enquiries, a demonstration of STEP v4.6, or photography, please call Lyndon Johnson or Chevaan Seresinhe at Emmett & Smith, on +44 (0) 20 7831 2999, or email

About Stibo Catalog

Stibo Catalog plays a central role in the global market for Cross-media Information Management and Publishing. GIGA Information Group estimated in March 2002 that "the Stibo group is the largest vendor of Cross-Media Product Information Management solutions". It is a clear industry leader in database publishing applications and language handling for product catalogues, having developed many of the business processes and principles, which have emerged as industry standards.

Stibo Catalog has existed as an independent business since 1976, with a total of around 250 employees in Denmark, the UK, Germany, the USA and Singapore. It is part of Stibo A/S with its origin in book publishing dating back to 1794. An international client base includes some of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors; businesses such as RS Components, The Premier Farnell Group, Kaiser+Kraft, Hilti, Millipore and Amersham Biosciences.

Other members of the Stibo A/S Group include CCI Europe, the world's leading supplier of system solutions for newspapers and magazines as well as Stibo Graphic, one of Europe's largest printing installations.

Read more about STEP and Stibo Catalog at

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