E-Commerce Software automates B2B business processes.

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GXS Trading Grid for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 allows users to access electronic trading community and expand their B2B e-commerce networks via pre-configured web services that perform protocol mediation and document testing for B2B connections. It synchronizes trading partner configuration data and relationship information between BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and GXS Trading Grid. Product supports supply chain and trading partner functions such as EDI and RFID via other global standards.

Original Press Release:

GXS Teams with Microsoft to Launch BizTalk Server 2006 R2

New Offering Delivers on Software + Services Vision with Powerful Integration between Microsoft BizTalk Server and GXS Trading Grid®

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 11 -- GXS, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced the launch of GXS Trading Grid for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2. This new solution provides a fully-automated approach to help customers automate business processes, improve productivity and increase customer satisfaction. Customers using GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server can instantly access the world's largest electronic trading community and expand their B2B e-commerce networks globally via pre-configured web services that automatically perform protocol mediation and document testing for new B2B connections. New innovative capabilities of the offering facilitate trading partner management activities by automatically synchronizing trading partner configuration data and relationship information between BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and GXS Trading Grid, replacing existing manual administrative tasks. GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 supports supply chain and trading partner functions such as electronic data interchange (EDI); radio frequency identification (RFID); and interactions via other global standards and protocols (e.g., AS2, FTP, RosettaNet, etc.).

Today's announcement follows the global alliance formed between GXS and Microsoft Corp. in May 2006, in which GXS Trading Grid was named the recommended B2B network for Microsoft BizTalk Server. This award-winning(1) alliance brings together market leaders in B2B software, integration services and supply chain information to deliver innovative solutions that significantly speed and simplify global supply chains. The combination of deployed software from Microsoft and hosted GXS Trading Grid services ensures that companies can build flexible integration solutions that optimize business performance, irrespective of their size, geographic location or technological sophistication. As a result, customers have easy access to trading partners anywhere in the world, as well as a wealth of pre-configured adapters (e.g., for EDI, FTP, TIBCO, etc.) included with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2.

"Today's global businesses do not operate in silos - their suppliers, partners and customers are integral contributors to all aspects of the business, including product development, decision-making and sales. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 makes it even easier for our customers to connect systems, automate processes and communicate across platforms both within and across organizations," said Steven Martin, director of the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft. "BizTalk Server and GXS Trading Grid simplify these processes both inside and outside a company's four walls."

GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server enables customers to eliminate manual processes, integrate business systems and increase business performance. Specific features and benefits include:

o Reduced Cost of Operations: GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server automates trading partner relationships and removes manual processes that drain resources and introduce errors;
o Improved Customer Service: Through integration with internal applications, key customers, suppliers and other trading partners, this solution differentiates a supply chain, increasing sales and improving overall trading partner responsiveness;
o Increased Business Results: By consolidating on a single global integration platform and removing expensive legacy systems, customers can simplify operations and increase profit margins;
o Improve Efficiency: The combined solution seamlessly connects applications, employees, customers and trading partners, so data can be consolidated and analyzed in real time, improving efficiency and simplifying business decisions;
o Ease of Use: The solution fits easily into existing IT environments and is simple to deploy and use; so customers can be up and running quickly; and
o Best Value: With a single, cost-efficient integration platform, customers enjoy increased ROI.

Customers of GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server include American Boa, Inc., Canadian General-Tower Limited, Driscoll's, Metro Label Group, Inc., MW Brands, Powell Electronics, Inc., Ty.phoo Tea Limited, USHIO America, Inc. and Visy Industries Inc.

"In considering our B2B e-commerce strategy, we sought a solution that would be simple to implement, would integrate easily with our existing platforms and would give us the flexibility to use a variety of standards and protocols to speed customer responsiveness," said Jeff Rochman, e-business manager of Visy Industries, the world's largest privately-owned packaging and recycling company. "GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 fits the bill perfectly. The new features available in the solution enable us to add customers quickly and easily and ensure our internal IT systems can be updated in an automated fashion for consistency across the board. As a result, our B2B processes run more efficiently and we enjoy greater integration with our customers."

As a complete business integration solution, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 provides a simplified way to integrate with one or thousands of trading partners instantly. The solution is built on the market-leading Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 platform and is capable of integrating in real time with critical decision-making systems (e.g., enterprise resource planning software, customer relationship management solutions, etc.). More than 7,000 customers globally rely on BizTalk Server today.

"The combined resources of the world's largest software company and the largest software-as-a-service provider for B2B e-commerce have made a significant leap forward in simplifying and automating B2B integration," said Bobby Patrick, senior vice president of Marketing at GXS. "GXS Trading Grid for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 provides the perfect balance of reliable, market- leading software with the software-as-a-service flexibility of GXS Trading Grid, enabling customers to easily extend B2B networks on a global scale. As a result, customers will experience greater business process efficiency, fewer manual processes, greater consistency across IT systems and increased ROI from B2B projects."

GXS Trading Grid is a global B2B e-commerce and integration services platform that supports the creation and adoption of on-demand supply chain management solutions for companies of any size. As the world's largest electronic business community, GXS Trading Grid is used by more than 35,000 customers to exchange goods and services, gain visibility into global logistics operations and to synchronize product data. Trading Grid helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative processes and enabling the highest levels of B2B integration and collaboration.

About GXS

GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration, synchronization and collaboration among trading partners. Organizations worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading Grid® to extend supply networks, optimize product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. With an unmatched global presence, proven trading partner management and B2B outsourcing services, GXS' on-demand solutions maximize the benefits of integration for businesses.

Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS' extensive global network serves customers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at www.gxs.com .

(1) START-IT, The Power of Partnerships Award 2007, August 16, 2007.

Source: GXS

Web site: www.gxs.com/

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