Cleaning Up Product Content

Sterling Commerce, HAHT Commerce partner to address UCCnet data synchronization initiative

Sterling Commerce, HAHT Commerce partner to address UCCnet data synchronization initiative

Columbus, OH, and Raleigh, NC  August 25, 2003  Business integration solutions provider Sterling Commerce and HAHT Commerce, a demand chain management applications provider, today announced a partnership to address a UCCnet data synchronization initiative.

As part of the agreement, Sterling Commerce said it would resell HAHT Commerce's Quick Connect for UCCnet product with its Gentran Integration Suite to create a solution that can aggregate and structure product content for publication to the UCCnet GLOBALregistry service or other exchanges and trading partners.

The joint offering, according to the providers, allows companies to synchronize product data across the supply chain and address other business integration projects according to their own timetables and priorities through Gentran Integration Suite's modular integration platform.

Sterling Commerce said the Gentran Integration Suite extracts information from multiple sources to be compiled, validated and staged within the HAHT Commerce Quick Connect catalog. It also transforms information into the UCCnet eXtensible Markup Language (XML), or other required standards, and distributes the content securely.

"Data synchronization is a foundational requirement for all future B2B initiatives, and for those with active projects, the benefits have been clear," said Kara Romanow, in the AMR Research Report, April 2003. "Data synchronization should be viewed as a competitive advantage. It makes it easier for your customers to do business with you, so it should be leveraged sooner rather than later."

Tom Thomas, chairman and CEO, HAHT Commerce, said the UCCnet global registry services have been adopted by more than 900 partners including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, CVS and Albertsons. Its benefits include more accurate information, increased efficiencies throughout the supply chain and reduced costs.