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Information Builders

August 25, 2009 08:57 ET

OIA Global Logistics Selects iWay Software to Streamline B2B and BPA Initiatives

Mid-Size Firm Uses Integration Technology for Competitive Edge

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 25, 2009) - iWay Software, an Information Builders company and innovator of enterprise integration solutions, today announced that it was chosen by OIA Global Logistics to help the company implement a service-oriented architecture (SOA). As an award-winning provider of logistics services and supply-chain solutions, OIA empowers companies of all sizes to expand their global supply chain reach. With iWay integration software, the company was able to open new communications channels with trading partners and streamline internal workflow processes to become more nimble and competitive.

OIA offers three primary services: handling transportation and logistics, providing packaging solutions, and managing supply chains. Fifteen IT professionals support these customer activities and the internal needs of 400 employees. After an intense competitive search for a mid-market integration vendor, OIA selected iWay, because it could easily be implemented with a small IT staff within a short timeframe. iWay's platform provided OIA with the ability to leverage existing servers and platforms, minimizing the impact of both infrastructure and training.

"iWay helped us streamline both internal and external processes, making our business more efficient," said Paul Wogan, chief information officer, OIA Global Logistics. "They supplied unmatched responsiveness and support, ensuring the success of our implementation."

OIA's first integration project with iWay was to develop new communication channels with a large footwear and apparel customer that required a mix of XML and EDI interfaces. OIA used the iWay Business-to-Business (B2B) Suite, with a managed file transfer (MFT) gateway designed to plan, execute, and track trading partner activities. Built on the iWay Universal Adapter Framework and the iWay integration engine, the suite supports key EDI standards and B2B transactions so trading partners can collaborate and share information in real time.

OIA is also using iWay's business process automation (BPA) capabilities to simplify a variety of application-to-application integration projects. For example, iWay processes orders through the order management system, procures goods, manages shipping, provides status information, bills customers, and updates OIA's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system -- all as part of a unified workflow.

"OIA's competitive edge largely relies on their ability to smooth the flow of goods, money, and information with efficient supply-chain planning," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO, Information Builders. "Our software and support helps them run business more effectively, allowing them to better meet customers' needs."

In the future, iWay will enable OIA to standardize B2B integration activities and streamline supply chain processes with customers to further improve efficiency. This will simplify the development cycle and open up opportunities for new partnerships since it enables OIA to quickly integrate prospective customers with its core applications.

About OIA Global Logistics

OIA Global Logistics is a 21-year-old international transportation firm, supply chain management company, and complete packaging provider. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, OIA's domestic US offices include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Atlanta. International branches include Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Busan, Dalian, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Inchon, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taipei, Tianjin, Weihai, Xuchang, Yantai, Yingkou and Yiwu.

About iWay Software

iWay Software's integration methodology is simple: it uses a single, integrated set of graphical design tools to assemble powerful pre-built components for enterprise-class business-to-business (B2B) integration, business process automation (BPA), or enterprise information management (EIM) integration scenarios -- without the use of custom code. Integration configurations can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to any environment supporting a JVM -- or to Web application servers from any vendor. iWay delivers the fastest, most cost-effective, and simplest way to integrate and streamline critical business processes. iWay Software's vendor-, platform-, and protocol-neutral solutions achieve the promise of SOA: true reusability. For more information visit: http://www.iwaysoftware.com

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. More information is available at http://www.informationbuilders.com.

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