Columbus, OH - March 20, 2002 - Colgate-Palmolive has signed on as the first
major customer for a recently launched integration platform from Sterling
Commerce, according to an announcement this week from the solution provider.
Colgate-Palmolive, the $9 billion consumer products manufacturer, will use
the STERLING Integrator platform to help integrate internal applications,
with the goal of improving the efficiency and accuracy of information shared
with its trading partner community.
Colgate-Palmolive currently is using the platform's capabilities to optimize
its vendor managed inventory process. The company is further looking to use
the solution to address problems associated with information exchange and
data validations with external partners and internal divisions.
Sterling Commerce says its solution will allow Colgate-Palmolive to
integrate electronic data interchange (EDI), SAP and Internet-based
transactions with internal applications on a single platform. Additionally,
STERLING Integrator's ability to e-enable business processes and data
decision capabilities will help Colgate-Palmolive improve order and
forecasting accuracy with its customers, Sterling says.
STERLING Integrator is a native Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) integration
platform that combines enterprise applications (EAI) and
business-to-business (B2B) integration capabilities, providing internal
application integration as well as support for both real-time and legacy
batch-oriented business-to-business interactions.
The solution currently is available in North America and Latin America, with
worldwide availability planned throughout 2002.
Sterling Commerce is a wholly owned subsidiary of SBC Communications.