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London, September 18, 2003 – Sterling Commerce, a leading provider of business integration solutions, announced today that it is working in the UK with Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP), the largest global outsourcer of payroll and HR administration services, to integrate its payment processing applications with Inland Revenue. Sterling Integrator provides a modular, scalable solution for both internal EAI and external B2B application integration.

ADP manages the payroll, benefits, and HR administration processes of more than 500,000 companies worldwide, ranging from small businesses to large enterprises. Each payday the company processes pay for 30 million people across 26 countries. ADP has operated in Europe for over 30 years and secured global revenues of over $7billion in 2002. With a UK turnover of £35million, ADP’s 500 employees dispatch close to a million payslips per month.

ADP chose Sterling Integrator to comply with the recent e-commerce initiative introduced by the Inland Revenue, which mandates that all employers are required to file End of Year PAYE returns electronically using EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) by 2010. This may be done directly, via an Internet service, or through an intermediary company such as ADP.

Companies with +250 employees have to be compliant by April 2004, highlighting a pertinent deadline for many financial and company directors. April 2005 has been set as the date for compliance for companies with between 50-249 employees, and companies with 49 employees or less have to ensure their PAYE returns are filed electronically by April 2010.

Following a review of its existing EDI solution, ADP found it did not have the necessary scalability from its current solutions provider to deliver against its customers Business Process Management (BPM) requirements and could not meet the growing data volumes. It turned to Sterling Commerce, a certified supplier of the Inland Revenue, for a BPM solution which could improve the accuracy and efficiency of payroll communication and document exchange with the Inland Revenue by automating the exchange process.

Sean Ennor, Senior Technology Services Manager, at ADP, said: “Sterling Integrator provides us with the next generation integration solution for EAI, B2B, EDI/XML translation and communication that we feel will strengthen our e-business environment so that we can more easily exchange information with our customers, superceding the requirements of the Inland Revenue PAYE initiative, and adding further value to our clients. The fact that Sterling Commerce is a certified supplier of the Inland Revenue was an important factor when choosing a suitable partner to deliver this solution.”

ADP will benefit from a secure, direct link to the Inland Revenue, guaranteeing the confidentiality of customers PAYE information and ensuring that data security is not compromised in any way. Sterling Integrator allows ADP to monitor and track all incoming and outgoing documents – providing notification of any delivery errors.

Roy Lee, Senior Director of Marketing at Sterling Commerce EMEA, said: “As important E-business projects come into force, companies will recognise the need for scaleable and integrated business processes to meet the demands of increased electronic transactions. Our Sterling Integrator solution can be implemented quickly and will ensure important mandatory deadlines are successfully met, as was the case with ADP and the Inland Revenue’s PAYE initiative.”

ADP joins nearly 400 customers worldwide that are already realising the benefits of Sterling Integrator, and particularly, the automated flow of information between their enterprise applications and B2B commerce. For more information, please click through to www.sterlingcommerce.co.uk/integration/pr

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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 www.sterlingcommerce.co.uk

About ADP
ADP Ltd is the largest employer services company in the world. In the UK, they have been operating since 1968 and have a client base of over 4,000. ADP offers a range of outsourcing services from a traditional bureau style to a fully managed outsourced payroll operation, utilising modern tools and process developed from their world class experience in the field. www.europe.adp.com

About Inland Revenue PAYE Initiative
The new Inland Revenue initiative mandates that by 2010 all employers will be required to file End of Year PAYE returns electronically, either directly via an Internet service or through an intermediary company such as ADP. The first phase of the project is set to be in place by 2004 whereby all companies with +250 employees must submit electronic returns or face being fined.

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