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Sterling Commerce Delivers a Managed File Transfer-Enabled Integration Gateway

September 15, 2008

SIBOS 2008 Conference — Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) company, today announced a pre-built, single application file gateway solution that offers point-and-click configuration within a rules-based architecture. Sterling File Gateway extends the value chain with managed file transfer (MFT) capabilities to handle everything from high-frequency messages and huge periodic file transfers to high volume loads of real-time data while leveraging the power of business-to-business (B2B) integration to move data in transit in a manageable way.

According to Gartner, “Although there’s still an active market for stand-alone MFT software solutions, B2B Gateway Software (BGS) vendors increasingly offer MFT functionality as an embedded feature or add-on option for their BGS. We expect to see more convergence of the BGS and MFT markets, particularly from vendors addressing the needs of information technology (IT) users implementing B2B infrastructure in association with B2B consolidation projects.”(1)

With its advanced partner on-boarding features, extensive communication channel support and improved business process management, Sterling File Gateway advances operational execution with predefined, event-driven business processes and centralized, enhanced management. It provides end-to-end visibility, auditing and reporting services, and the ability to manage a large number of partners and protocols efficiently.

“Sterling Commerce has been and continues to be a leading provider of B2B integration and MFT solutions that enable flexible business process integration across organizations’ internal and external boundaries,” said Chris Johnson, vice president, global product marketing and management, B2B Collaboration Solutions, Sterling Commerce. “We are proud to leverage our expertise in these areas to offer our customers the power of both in Sterling File Gateway.”

Sterling Commerce integration 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 an industry’s value-chain; and support future growth initiatives by laying the foundation for a strategic, long-term, sustainable multi-enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Earlier this year, leading analyst firm Gartner positioned Sterling Commerce in the “Leaders” quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for B2B Gateway Providers,(2) in the “Leaders” quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer Providers(3) and in the “Leaders” quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers.(4)

Sterling Commerce is making another MFT-related announcement, “Sterling Commerce Speeds Long-Distance Delivery of Large Files,” at SIBOS 2008 (Sept. 15-19 in Vienna) and is exhibiting its broad portfolio of financial services solutions at stand C617, hall C. To find out more about Sterling Commerce activities, visit http://www.sterlingcommerce.com/About/Events/.

About the Magic Quadrant

“Magic Quadrant for B2B Gateway Providers” by Benoit J. Lheureux is copyrighted June 3, 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, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) company, helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people, and technology. More than 30,000 customers worldwide — including 82 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. More information on the company can be found at www.sterlingcommerce.com.

(1) Market Update for Business-to-Business Gateway Software Vendors (G00157971), published in May 2008.

(2) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for B2B Gateway Providers, Benoit J. Lheureux, Paolo Malinverno, June 3, 2008.

(3) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer, L. Frank Kenney, James Lennard, June 23, 2008.

(4) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers, Benoit J. Lheureux, Paolo Malinverno, May 28, 2008.

 For more information, contact:  Emily Hall Sterling Commerce (614) 790-8607  Jamie Leicht Fleishman-Hillard (619) 237-7711  

SOURCE: Sterling Commerce