SOURCE: DST

June 27, 2005 09:00 ET

DST Chooses IBM to Help Deliver On Demand Business Solutions for Automotive and Distribution Industry Customers

Joins IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks

MISSION VIEJO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 27, 2005 -- DST, Inc. today announced it has achieved industry optimized status in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks. As a result, DST can now take advantage of IBM's sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the automotive and truck parts distribution industry.

Customers are seeking solutions that can help them better integrate processes and applications and allow them to quickly respond to changing market opportunities -- all key elements in transforming to an On Demand business.

In an ever more competitive industry, DST is rising to the challenge of companies that are making their priorities clear. Customers in the automotive parts distribution industry are demanding the elimination of proprietary technology in favor of open systems, inter-connectivity, reliability, ease-of-maintenance and cost-effectiveness with rapid ROI. They are adopting technology solutions that help drive the cost down in core business processes, provide assistance in navigating the daunting array of new technology and help become efficient in generating more sales per dollar of cost.

An IBM business partner for 16 years, DST's growing family of comprehensive solutions deliver productivity and profitability enhancements to enterprises seeking to optimize market penetration. DST's solutions run on IBM eServer iSeries and are complemented by software including IBM DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Application Sever.

"With years of experience working with IBM, DST is uniquely positioned as a customer-focused company to provide next generation business solutions that successfully address and resolve inefficiencies that plague the industry," said Hoon Chung, President and CEO, DST. "Achieving Optimized status is a reflection of our deep industry experience and committed relationship with IBM. Our options for providing next generation solutions by deploying eServer iSeries platform running our applications are virtually limitless."

"PartnerWorld Industry Networks is mobilizing thousands of ISVs, helping them to develop customized, industry solutions for customers," said Buell Duncan, general manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM. "Customers aren't seeking a one-size-fits-all solution -- they want tailored, industry-specific solutions that can help solve their business challenges. Through PartnerWorld Industry Networks, IBM is working closely with DST to deliver open and flexible solutions to match our customers' needs."

The IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide ISVs with comprehensive business insight, technical resources, networking opportunities, and marketing and sales support designed to help them reach more customers and close deals faster. Participants in the PartnerWorld Industry Networks can team with IBM to bring on demand solutions to market more easily and to ensure these solutions meet specific industry needs, reflecting how customers buy technology today.

ISVs can sign up for PartnerWorld Industry Networks at www.ibm.com/isv.

About DST

Mission Viejo, CA-based DST, Inc. has been providing proven aftermarket supply chain expertise and technological solutions for over 15 years. DSTWare product offerings are available in a variety of platform configurations and are scalable to benefit both single and multi-site enterprises to effectively address all sophistication levels:

--  Business management systems managing complex distribution
    environments, including WMS;
--  Internet-based e-commerce solutions in parts sourcing, trading partner
    collaboration, and order management  for  parts distributors;
--  Supply chain analytics and decision support planning and execution
    systems.
    
Focusing on end-to-end solutions, DSTWare differentiates itself in the marketplace by delivering real-time efficiency and productivity improvements, as well as revenue generation expansion, throughout the distribution channel. For more information, please visit www.dstinc.com.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations Contact:
    John Hamminga
    Marketing Director
    DST, Inc.
    Direct Line: 773.281.9874
    E-mail: Email Contact