London, May 19, 2004 – Sterling Commerce, one of the world's largest providers of business integration solutions, announced today its inclusion in the leader quadrant in Gartner’s Application Integration 2Q04 Magic Quadrant(1). This analysis of the top vendors in the application integration and middleware market identified 23 active vendors in the space and compared their vision and ability to execute with customers.

Vendors in the leader quadrant have high revenue in this market, high market share and products that are of interest to a wide audience. According to Gartner Inc., leaders are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

In considering organisations for inclusion in the Magic Quadrant, Gartner Inc. took into account a broad mix of application integration industry requirements. These requirements included business-to-business and internal application integration scenarios such as data consistency, multi-step processing and composite applications. To be included in the leader quadrant, vendors were evaluated on multiple requirements, such as corporate viability, including a strong management team and financial health, as well as their market presence and product’s efficacy.

Sam Starr, president and CEO, Sterling Commerce, said: "We consider this ‘Leader’ quadrant position in Gartner’s Application Integration Magic Quadrant as recognition of the unique expertise, capabilities and significant market progression we have made to meet the needs of our customers and to help them effectively manage business process integration across the enterprise and to their business communities."

In addition, Sterling Commerce received an overall ‘Positive’ rating in the ‘Vendor Rating: Sterling Commerce’ report issued by Gartner on May 4, 2004. Gartner's vendor rating reports provide end-user organisations with an evaluation of vendors from which to purchase products and services.

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