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London 19 May, 2003 – Sterling Commerce, leading provider of business integration solutions, has launched Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition, a solution that allows businesses to transport all types of business critical data securely over the Internet in real-time. The flexible and scaleable AS2 product enables small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to respond to the demands of their customers and achieve compliance with current initiatives. Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition is the newest modular component of Sterling Commerce’s next-generation Sterling Integrator business process management and integration platform.

“Customers need scalable solutions that can solve a particular business need now, such as AS2, and then grow the solution as their particular integration needs grow,” said Sam Starr, president and CEO of Sterling Commerce. “Once the solution is installed, businesses can ‘switch-on’ the additional capabilities of Sterling Integrator such as business process modelling/management tools, EAI adaptors, Web services, and features like XML, ebXML, RosettaNet and EDI translation services. This provides a solution that enables SMEs to purchase tactically and implement strategically, in line with their individual budgets and timeframes.“

Large organisations within the retail and consumer packaged goods industries such as Wal-Mart are fuelling the move to AS2. The adoption of AS2 enables businesses to use the Internet to leverage their existing EDI investment, without security or efficiency being compromised. Wal-Mart recently selected Sterling Commerce to support its move to use the Internet as the link to its global suppliers.

Starr continued: “Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition provides a secure environment in which to send and receive business critical information over the Internet. Our AS2 solutions can be hosted by Sterling Commerce, installed remotely or installed onsite, enabling companies to choose the most cost-effective solution that works best for their business.”

Convenience Multi Media, a supplier of multi-media peripherals and products to Wal-Mart (and other convenience stores in Germany and Austria), was the first Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition customer.

Klaus Meier, IT consultant at Convenience Multi Media, commented: “We chose to work with Sterling Commerce primarily because they were the only vendor that had a product available now, that could meet our needs and within our minimal budget. As Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition came with a clear and easy to understand licensing structure, it meant we knew immediately how much we needed to pay. After only two hours, it was installed, up and running, and enabled us to continue to trade with Wal-Mart, preventing us from being excluded from one of our major customer’s trading communities.”

Sterling Integrator AS2 Edition has successfully completed interoperability testing by the Drummond Group (www.drummondgroup.com) and eBusinessReady, (www.ebusinessready.org), the leading global software-testing programs to drive standards adoption and interoperability across the industry.

Notes to Editors:
For more information on the entire Sterling Commerce suite of AS2 solutions, please email Jacquelene.hopwell@nelsonbostock.com

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About Sterling Commerce
Sterling Commerce is one of the world's largest providers of business integration solutions. For more than 25 years, thousands of customers have depended on our expertise to help improve business metrics. Our reliable software and services help customers improve current or deploy new business processes through the integration of applications, external partner systems and people. Sterling Commerce is an SBC Communications Inc. company.

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

For media enquiries please contact:
Willemijn Steegenga
Sterling Commerce
+31 (0) 20 560 5794
Willemijn_Steegenga@stercomm.com

Jacquelene Hopwell / Carys Dorritt
Nelson Bostock Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 4400
Jacquelene.hopwell@nelsonbostock.com



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