Sterling Commerce Announces 2005 MESA Excellence Award Winners

Awards honour Wachovia and ViewSonic for their excellence in multi-enterprise collaboration

London, June 15, 2005 – Sterling Commerce, the world's largest provider of multi-enterprise collaboration software and services, announced the winners of its inaugural MESA Awards, named after Sterling’s Multi-Enterprise Services Architecture, at the closing ceremony of its recent 2005 Customer Conference in Miami, Florida. Award recipients included Wachovia Bank and ViewSonic Corporation.

"These leading companies share many things in common: each is focused on providing higher degrees of customer value and satisfaction, each has been visionary in terms of its adoption of multi-enterprise collaboration strategies, and each, not surprisingly, leads its category," said Sam Starr, chief executive officer of Sterling Commerce. "By focusing on the edge of the enterprise, Sterling customers have benefited from more strategic partnerships, better connections with customers and suppliers, and an ability to roll out products and services more rapidly."

Wachovia Corporation, the fourth largest bank in U.S. and 38th largest company in the world, was awarded the MESA Excellence Award for its use of Sterling Commerce’s Connect:Enterprise and Connect:Direct products to securely manage thousands of file transfers with corporate customers and partners. Wachovia has built highly standardised and repeatable processes that leverage the full benefit of these products, leading to increased efficiency and quality.

ViewSonic Corp., a leading manufacturer of display products, received a Collaboration award for its high level of teamwork with key business partners that has resulted in reduced order-to-cash cycles, and faster time to market for new products. ViewSonic is leveraging Sterling Commerce’s Gentran Integration Suite 4.0 to provide unprecedented visibility into customer inventory and sales data.

"With 30 years of experience in business collaboration and integration, Sterling Commerce is providing the strategies and architecture to enable customers to successfully implement collaboration strategies focused outside their four walls," added Starr. "With these platforms in place, our customers’ costs will decrease, satisfaction will increase, and their prospects for growth will multiply."

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