New Version Brings Together Traditional and Emerging Technologies to Improve Supply Chain Performance
GAITHERSBURG, Md.--July 18, 2005--GXS, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced the launch of an enhanced version of GXS Application Integrator (AI), the Company`s robust data transformation solution. GXS AI 5.0 is the only translator on the market that features both native electronic data interchange (EDI) and native XML in one solution through a single user interface and management console, differentiating itself from competing offerings by eliminating the need for multiple translation engines.
In this integrated solution, GXS AI 5.0 simplifies data integration and mapping by allowing businesses to quickly and transparently communicate with any trading partner using any major industry standard. More than 600 customers in 30 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific rely on GXS AI for their mission-critical B2B e-commerce transactions.
"With the acceleration of change in technology and trading partner requirements, supply chain management has become increasingly complex. A solution to help simplify supply chain transaction management is essential to minimize needed investments in personnel and hardware," said Frederick Totten, EDI staff engineer at Qwest Corporation. "As a long-time user of the GXS AI solution, we are eager to benefit from the many new features and capabilities of AI 5.0. We anticipate improvement in Qwest`s capacity to automate business processes, while helping us extend our market presence and maximize business partner connectivity."
AI 5.0 provides the ability to embed business rules in XML maps, enabling the incorporation of robust business logic within the translation map. GXS AI 5.0 now provides control of modeling and data management processes, featuring the ability to support XSL map development with third-party mapping tools already deployed. This eliminates re-mapping, thus reducing the likelihood of errors in modeling; reducing end-user training time and expense; and freeing up IT staff to perform other business critical activities.
The emergence of newly formed government mandates--such as Sarbanes Oxley and HIPAA--particularly in the United States, requires companies to track and retain detailed records of transactions and business exchanges. AI 5.0`s new version control system retains a historical record of all changes to maps, allowing older maps to be reviewed on-demand for auditing or problem resolution. Many GXS clients use AI to translate and validate financial documents, such as electronic invoices, payment notifications and remittance advices.
"We are thrilled to offer customers significant improvements in productivity and performance as a result of the enhancements to AI," said Nick Marchetti, GXS` vice president of Trading Grid and integration solutions. "With AI 5.0, businesses gain a powerful data transformation solution uniquely designed to consolidate, simplify, and speed B2B integration environments. With new features, such as an integrated map configuration management system, AI 5.0 reduces demands on internal resources while improving the returns of our customers` B2B initiatives."
AI supports a wide variety of document standards such as XML, ANSI EDI, EDIFACT, RosettaNet, CIDX and PIDX, making it valuable for customers in a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, automotive, high tech, transportation and telecommunications. GXS also supports essential communication protocols such as AS2, FTP, Web Services and the Zengen protocol frequently used in Japan.
As an added benefit, GXS AI also is the data translation engine embedded in the GXS Trading Grid(SM). GXS Trading Grid is an industry-leading global integration services platform that enables and streamlines cross-enterprise business processes. As a result, maps developed in AI are fully compatible and transferable between software implementations on a customers premise and hosted implementations on the Trading Grid. This provides an unmatched level of flexibility and investment protection to GXS customers.
GXS (Global eXchange Services) is a leading worldwide provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collaboration. Organizations worldwide, including over half of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading Grid(SM) to achieve the perfect balance of supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronize product information, optimize inventory levels and demand forecasts, and accelerate the execution of supply chains.
Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information visit our Web site at www.gxs.com http://www.gxs.com.
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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management`s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. These factors include technological developments, customer demand, trading partner participation, network availability and availability of financing.
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