SOURCE: Sterling Commerce

October 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Sterling Commerce and Its Customers Define Innovative Solutions That Combat Complex Business Issues

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, today announced that it would be holding several speaking sessions at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo detailing the benefits of seamless process integration, secure file transmissions and supply chain optimization. The conference is the perfect backdrop to educate attendees on how integration technology is best put into practice to meet today's global climate and ever-changing business demands. Sterling Commerce executives and customers will offer seven presentations on innovative solutions that provide collaboration across customers, partners and suppliers globally for greater operational efficiency from Oct. 12-16, in Orlando, Fla.

In today's global commerce environment, no company is successful alone. All businesses must effectively integrate with their trading community of suppliers and customers to be successful. Two presentations demonstrate innovation in integration:

-- "Integration War Stories -- Lessons Learned While Developing an Agile Enterprise, Creating Competitive Advantage With Integration Technology" is a panel discussion hosted by Gartner analyst L. Frank Kenney that will discuss how Sterling Commerce customers have transformed their businesses by developing agile systems based on a multi-enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to integration solutions. The panel will include Timothy Culver, executive director, AT&T Mobility; Dan Eng, EC development manager, Jabil, Inc.; and Shaun Barnes, EDI Team-Americas, Johnson Controls.

-- "Supporting Acquisition and Expansion via Business Integration and Network Consolidation," hosted by Culver, will present how AT&T Mobility, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, was able to make its information technology (IT) integration team a key business enabler while experiencing an increasing number of interactions with third-party providers and large national retail customers.

The Sterling Commerce managed file transfer (MFT) suite is the market-leading solution for managing file transfers of any size, volume or format and gives customers in a variety of industries the security needed to expand their business. Two sessions demonstrate innovation in MFT:

-- "5 Steps to Creating a Winning Data Transmission Service" will provide advice on how to leverage technology and process to transform a data transmission department into a "Transmission Service." The session will be co-presented by Jeff Buchholz, infrastructure engineer manager, CIGNA, a leading health service company, and William McKinney, global marketing director, Managed File Transfer for Sterling Commerce.

-- "SSH: Is it Real or Just a Shell Game?" hosted by McKinney, will discuss increasing regulatory requirements to encrypt file transfers, as well as when and if organizations should turn to SSH (secure shell) to secure their file transfer protocol transmissions.

"In order to achieve success and remain competitive in today's global, challenged economy, businesses are increasingly dependent on mission-critical information from both inside and outside the enterprise," said Chris Johnson, vice president, B2B Integration for Sterling Commerce. "Our speaking sessions will provide attendees with innovative ideas that can help businesses connect, communicate and collaborate with their customers, partners and suppliers in a productive, secure and effective manner."

Additional Sterling Commerce customers will present on their experience with integration technology to provide collaboration across customers, partners and suppliers in the following sessions:

-- "Johnson Controls Supports M&A Growth by Consolidating Global Integration Infrastructure" will describe a multi-enterprise SOA approach to centralizing integration infrastructure that enables business units across the world to support corporate growth via an acquisition strategy. Barnes will present.

-- "Jabil Circuit -- Global Integration as a Competitive Differentiator" will explain how Jabil seamlessly integrated applications on a global scale and improved near real-time process automation and visibility to better satisfy customers and suppliers. Eng will present.

-- "How True Value Manages Their Global Supply Chain With Real-Time Visibility" will discuss managing a complex global supply network that involves integrating process and information flows from suppliers, carriers, 3PLs and disparate internal systems. Gregory Linder, director of supply chain operations for True Value, one of the world's largest member-owned hardware cooperatives, will present.

Sterling Commerce offers solutions for enterprise integration, multi-enterprise integration, payments management, and multi-channel selling and fulfillment to enable companies to achieve higher levels of performance by optimizing their business communities, processes and technologies.

Sterling Commerce is exhibiting integration, file transfer and supply chain solutions at its booth, PS3, from Oct. 12-16. Sterling Commerce executive and customer presentation dates, times and locations can be found online: http://agendabuilder.gartner.com/sym18/WebPages/VendorDetail.aspx?vendor=44

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the IT industry's largest and most-strategic conference, providing business leaders with a look at the future of IT. More than 6,000 senior business and IT strategists will gather for the insights, tools and solutions they need to ensure their IT initiatives are key contributors to and drivers of their enterprise's success. Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees' annual planning efforts. They rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/symposium/us.

About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people, and technology. More than 30,000 customers worldwide -- including 82 percent of the Fortune 500 -- use Sterling Commerce solutions for business process integration, multi-channel selling, and supply chain fulfillment to improve profitability inside and outside their company walls. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Sterling Commerce has offices in 19 countries and most major cities around the world. More information on the company can be found at www.sterlingcommerce.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:

    Emily Hall
    Sterling Commerce
    Email Contact
    (614) 790-8607

    Jamie Leicht
    Fleishman-Hillard
    Email Contact
    (619) 237-7711