06 June 2002 | Robin Parker
Sterling Commerce is offering a hosted service for companies wishing to outsource their e-business applications.
Sterling Managed Services is targeted at firms of all sizes that are currently using trading hubs, preparing to restructure through merger or acquisition, or planning to outsource their electronic data exchange.
The service takes overall responsibility for some or all of the company's e-business infrastructure, supported by a helpdesk based in Sterling's operations centre in Dusseldorf.
Trials of the new service have started at large firms at various stages of business process transformation in Sweden, Belgium and Germany.
Sterling receives data from a company's marketplace or its trading partners, which it then translates to allow all connected parties to trade online in any data format.
The solution incorporates Sterling's own suite of integration and workflow products, including the recently launched Workflow Manager for Web Trading, designed to connect purchasers with large numbers of suppliers.
Paul Silvester, vice-president of consulting and services, said Sterling aims to shoulder the burden of implementing business-to-business architecture.
"We can let companies focus on their core competencies, and the cost to us of getting more suppliers on board is lower than if firms do it themselves," he said.