Sunbury, United Kingdom — January 25, 2006 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers, 1Q061. Recently published by Gartner, Inc., a leading worldwide research and advisory firm, the report evaluated 12 vendors in the integration service provider market based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision.
According to Gartner, “leaders” are vendors that 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 this report, Gartner analysts evaluated providers on the quality and efficacy of the processes, systems, methods or procedures that enable IT provider performance to be competitive, efficient and effective, and to positively affect revenue, retention and reputation. Providers were judged on their ability and success in capitalizing on their vision.
“After the tech market shakeout in 2000 and 2001, only the strong survived. GXS emerged with a strong base of customers deploying its B2B e-commerce solutions, and ensured an exciting future by enabling effective B2B integration through the creation of the GXS Trading Grid®. As companies in a variety of industries outsource more and more functions and depend upon trading partners for the successful execution of their missions, B2B integration has taken on a mission critical role,” said Bobby Patrick, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at GXS. “We believe that being positioned in the Leaders quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers confirms our market presence, vision and strength of integration solution offerings. Throughout the world, from China to Latin America, GXS remains the provider of choice for companies seeking to streamline their trading partner networks and turn them into manageable, visible and profitable components of their businesses.”
B2B integration is an emerging trend that crosses vertical industry and geographic barriers, and is increasingly recognized as a necessary step toward greater business process efficiency. With our unmatched global presence as a B2B integration service provider, GXS’ products and services are available throughout the world including in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through the GXS Trading Grid, the platform on which GXS’ integration solutions are based, business partners can collabourate to achieve the perfect balance of supply and demand.
The Gartner report went on to say, “Integration service providers have been responding to changing B2B project requirements and are rapidly evolving their software-as-a-service offerings to include a wide range of integration features (horizontally) combined with selected industry solutions (vertically). The increasingly sophisticated user requirements and emerging feature-rich integration service provider offerings collectively signal the end of the ‘traditional VAN’ era.”1
The GXS Trading Grid is GXS’ unique global integration platform that enables and streamlines cross-enterprise business processes. The Trading Grid is the world’s largest electronic business community, used by more than 40,000 trading partners every day to exchange goods and services. As a services-oriented architecture B2B platform, Trading Grid helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative efforts and enabling a new level of process integration and business intelligence.
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading Grid® to achieve the perfect balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise product information, optimise 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.co.uk.
About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 19 January 2006 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.
1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Integration Service Providers, 1Q06,” by Benoit J. Lheureux and Paolo Malinverno, 19 January 2006.