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Information Builders

January 19, 2011 11:09 ET

iWay Streamlines B2B E-Commerce for CenterStone Technologies, Inc.

New Process Orchestration and Data Quality Environment Replaces Rudimentary Integration Tools From Cast Iron Technologies

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) - iWay Software, an Information Builders company and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, announced today that CenterStone is using the iWay Data Quality Center (DQC) and iWay Service Manager to improve the speed, accuracy, and functionality of its business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce interfaces. CenterStone, which operates a multi-tenant, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that helps specialty retailers order merchandise from manufacturers, selected iWay's robust data integration platform to replace data transformation and mapping tools from Cast Iron Technologies.

CenterStone has one B2B interface in production and will soon rely on iWay to automate the scheduling, loading, and cleansing of e-commerce data for more than 200 B2B interfaces. In the past, CenterStone's IT team had to manually parse and validate this data, which was especially tedious when creating electronic catalogs for new clients. iWay has proven its ability to accelerate these ETL processes and automate error-handling, verifying that pricing, stock, and inventory data is correctly updated as it is loaded into each supplier's electronic catalog.

Richard Guess, director of IT at CenterStone, estimated that CenterStone's implementation processes will be 60 to 70 percent more efficient once iWay is in full production mode. "We saw iWay's potential immediately," he said. "Using our data, it took iWay five to seven minutes to complete a production load that takes nearly three hours with our .NET system, and even longer with Cast Iron."

In addition to using iWay for batch processing of bulk data uploads, CenterStone plans to use iWay to send and receive real-time updates via a web services interface. This interactive environment will synchronize time-critical data elements between suppliers and their retailers, enabling CenterStone to offer more competitive e-commerce capabilities to the marketplace.

iWay's data quality tools are part of the iWay Enterprise Information Management (EIM) suite, a robust, comprehensive solution that facilitates the real-time management of any information from anywhere across an entire enterprise. Regardless of where data resides, whether it's in structured or unstructured format, the iWay EIM suite can seamlessly integrate and enrich it, allowing for simple and efficient access, utilization, and maintenance.

"The need to more effectively monitor and control data quality has become increasingly important as information architectures become larger, more diverse, and more complex," said Dave Watson, chief operating officer at iWay Software. "Companies such as CenterStone must maintain the integrity of their data to ensure the speed and accuracy of e-commerce transactions. CenterStone's clients will benefit from iWay's robust data processing, management, and error-handling capabilities, making its SaaS offerings more attractive."

About CenterStone Technologies, Inc.
CenterStone Technologies, Inc. operates a multi-tenant, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and provides web-based B2B ecommerce applications in six languages and local currencies in North America and Europe with widespread adoption by specialty retailers and sales reps. CenterStone's e-commerce solutions processed more than $1.25 billion dollars in wholesale transactions in 2009. CenterStone makes vendors more competitive by driving revenue growth, providing increased inventory turns at retail, reducing customer service costs, and providing greater speed to market, thus improving relationships with its customers -- retail dealers. Additional information about CenterStone Technologies, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado, with offices and employees in San Diego, California, and Paris, France, is at centerstonetech.com

About iWay Software
iWay Software uses a single, integrated set of next-generation graphical design tools to assemble powerful real-time components for enterprise-class business-to-business (B2B), business process automation (BPA), or enterprise information management (EIM) integration scenarios -- without writing expensive custom code. With these comprehensive solutions, organizations can build a strong, yet open and flexible technology infrastructure that maximizes agility, efficiency, and competitive advantage with measurable ROI. We deliver the fastest, most cost-effective, and simplest way to integrate and streamline business.

About Information Builders
Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners.

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