08 January 2004 | Simon Binns
Sterling Commerce has launched version 3.0 of its Business Process Management (BPM) and integration platform, Sterling Integrator, into the Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) market.
Sterling Integrator, which was launched in the US and Europe in 2002, includes a mail-boxing facility, which offers a secure compartment for the real-time "staging" of data - whereby data is broken down into several smaller pieces instead of one bigger file or code - and batch processing via the Internet.
This real-time facility, according to Sterling, allows quicker access to information and greater visibility of the supply chain, as well as offering companies a choice of how they process data.
Chris Hayes, Sterling Commerce solutions manager EMEA, said giving companies a choice of how to process data, as version 3.0 does, is increasingly important to the supply chain.
"This real time is important to a lot of companies, but too often in IT we end up constraining our customers, forcing vendors and producers to make a technology choice that might not be right for them," he said.
"What works for dealing with a large supplier is not always right for a small one."
Integrator 3.0 now supports IBM's iSeries, formerly known as AS400, and zSeries.
Unix, RedHat Linux and Windows 2000 servers are compatible with previous versions.www.sterlingcommerce.com