March 22, 2011 08:23 ET
GXS Launches GridConnect, Industry's First Embedded Integration Partner Program
Software and SaaS Vendors Can Embed GXS Trading Grid, the World's Largest Integration Cloud for B2B
GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - GXS today announced a new program for independent software vendors (ISV), software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers and corporate commercial solutions to embed GXS Trading Grid®, the company's integration cloud platform, into their cloud services and software applications.
Using this program, software, SaaS, and cloud services providers can rapidly connect their banking, manufacturing and retailer customers to leverage the six million trading partner relationships already present in GXS Trading Grid. They also gain transparent access to a portfolio of GXS Trading Grid services to accelerate customer and community integration, speed time-to-revenue, and ensure customer retention.
"It is increasingly becoming obvious that the perceived barrier between application vendors and integration infrastructure vendors is, in reality, a very porous veil," said Deborah Wilson, research director, Gartner. "Looking forward, the composite integration market looks healthy as organizations continue to shift their focus from internal business processes to external collaboration, and as application implementation moves increasingly outside the firewall."
"Over the past year, many software vendors have asked us to help accelerate and differentiate their cloud offerings by directly integrating to the GXS Trading Grid," said Andrea Brody, vice president, market and business development, GXS. "Traditionally, e-procurement systems, vendor managed inventory (VMI) systems, supply chain planning applications and transportation management systems (TMS) were process-specific and separate from a company's business partner network. But with the rise of cloud computing, the lines are blurring between applications and integration platforms. ISVs are realizing that time-to-revenue is heavily dependent on speed-to-implementation between their applications and their customers."
The GXS GridConnect partner program includes integration and access to GXS Trading Grid, flexible pricing options, joint go-to-market programs and support and implementation for both partners and their customers.
GXS Trading Grid is a multi-tenant integration platform that provides:
- Pre-wired connections to more than six million trading partner relationships.
- Global community on-boarding and management expertise with local language support.
- Social networking tools to improve partner on-boarding and collaboration.
- Elastic usage, allowing you to scale up or down capacity based on demand.
- Network-based integration services, including connectivity, translation, data quality, track-and-trace, dashboards and support for industry standard protocols such as cXML, used in procurement processes.
To learn more, visit http://www.gxs.com/gridconnect.
GXS is a leading integration services provider and operates the world's largest integration cloud, GXS Trading Grid®. Our software and services help more than 40,000 companies, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 24 of the top 25 supply chains, extend their partner networks, automate receiving processes, manage electronic payments, and improve supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, our unique approach to improving B2B integration operations, combines GXS Trading Grid with our process orchestration services and global team to manage a company's multi-enterprise processes. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has direct operations in 20 countries, employing more than 2,000 professionals. To learn more, see http://www.gxs.com, read our blog at http://blogs.gxs.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gxs and join us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/gxs.
 Source: Gartner "Examining the Embedded Multienterprise Integration Market", 23 November 2010, Deborah R Wilson, Chad Eschinger, Benoit J. Lheureux, Fabrizio Biscotti, C. Dwight Klappich, Tim Payne, Andrew White, Nigel Rayner, Paolo Malinverno, Thomas Skybakmoen.