Sterling Commerce named a Leader

Sterling Commerce has been positioned as a “leader” in the “Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers” report recently published by Gartner.

The leading worldwide research and advisory firm evaluated 14 vendors in the integration service provider market based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision.

According to Gartner leaders must have:

  • a critical mass of users (community) in selected industries;
  • a comprehensive and compelling service offering vision;
  • a significant geographic reach (or be likely to establish one);
  • secure, reliable and efficient hosted integration service operations;
  • sustained profitability (or likely to establish it);
  • and strong account management and customer loyalty.

They must also be regularly on organisations’ shortlists for new B2B projects (business to business) and be agents of change to the evolving market segment.

“All businesses know that effective integration with their trading community of suppliers and customers is necessary for success,” says Phil Smith, vice president, Sterling Commerce global product line, Collaboration Network.

“We are honored to be recognised in the leader’s quadrant by Gartner.”

“In my opinion, this recognition is based on our integration solutions that for more than 30 years have securely and reliably transported data within and between organisations.”

The Gartner Report also states that in the past two years, Sterling Commerce has increased the fault-tolerant levels in its data centres, introduced new functionality (such as its Supply Chain Visibility) and has made incremental improvements to its rebranded Sterling Collaborative Network (SCN).

Other strengths include:

  • Large, growing B2B software and service customer base
  • Hybrid on-demand and on-premises delivery model
  • SCN service quality, reliability and reputation
  • Profitability and revenue growth
  • Strong parent (AT&T)
  • Market penetration and awareness

“Network usage has never been higher,” Phil Smith says, “and Sterling Commerce is committed to growing its network and integration-as-a-service (IaaS) business.”

“Our continued commitment is illustrated through our increased global expansion into Europe and Asia, the integration of community driven supply chain applications such as Sterling Supply Chain Visibility On Demand and Sterling Transportation Management System.”

Sterling Commerce solutions protect business operations from inevitable changes in business, technology, and legislative environments; improve operational efficiency and customer satisfaction by integrating all partners and all processes across industry value-chains.

They also support future growth initiatives by laying the foundation of a strategic, long-term sustainable multi-enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA).

The “Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers” by Benoit J. Lheureux, is copyrighted May 28, 2008, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission

The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period.

It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant.

The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool and is not meant to be a specific guide to action.

Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people and technology.

More than 30,000 customers worldwide — including 80 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.

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