Sunbury, United Kingdom — April 5, 2006 — Liaison Technologies, a real-time business-to-business (B2B) infrastructure provider and GXS™, a leading provider of global B2B e-commerce solutions, today announced a global partnership to provide extensive, on-demand supply chain management and B2B integration solutions to customers. Liaison Technologies plans to expand its service portfolio of real-time infrastructure solutions by offering the GXS Trading Grid®, GXS’ unique global integration platform that enables and streamlines cross-enterprise business processes, to current and future customers.
Under the agreement, Liaison Technologies has joined the GXS Worldwide Partner Program, which brings together complementary strategic, technology and channel partners from around the globe, enhancing opportunities for solving industry-wide business challenges. By bringing the benefits and reach of the GXS Trading Grid to its global customers, Liaison Technologies can enhance its service offerings by giving its global customers more choices. Liaison Technologies already has begun offering GXS Trading Grid solutions to its customers.
“The partnership between Liaison and GXS is powerful for companies serious about maximising real-time, global B2B trading partnerships,” said Bill Duff, director of eBusiness for CHEP, the global leader in pallet and plastic container pooling services. “CHEP relies on Liaison Technologies to enable our trading partner network in Europe and we are encouraged to see these companies strategically aligned. Both companies have extensive experience in enabling and growing global trading partner networks; together, they will have a tremendous impact on advancing B2B automation and integration for companies around the world.”
Liaison Technologies will leverage GXS Trading Grid Messaging Services as a key component of the Liaison real-time network, an integration service for trading partner connections. The GXS Trading Grid is the world’s largest electronic business community used by more than 40,000 customers in more than 30 countries worldwide. The GXS Trading Grid masks the complexity of varying technology protocols and standards; including EDI, EDIFACT, XML, SAP, RosettaNet and AS2; by enabling customers to use their preferred communication protocol and performing behind-the-scenes document translation. Other benefits include optional event-based alert notifications, reporting and network-based translation.
“When searching for a B2B e-commerce solutions provider to serve as an extension of our real-time trading network, it became clear that GXS offered excellent performance, value and impact on its customers’ businesses. This partnership appealed to us because the GXS Trading Grid truly complements our own suite of real-time solutions and services, which monthly moves more than 2 million XML-based transactions,” said Bob Renner, CEO of Liaison Technologies. “I am confident that by combining Liaison and GXS technologies, we will be better equipped to continue solving our customers’ B2B e-commerce challenges, streamline their supply chain operations and strengthen their trading partner relationships.”
The combined offering from GXS and Liaison Technologies provides existing and new customers with a full suite of on-demand, B2B e-commerce applications and services that can be seamlessly integrated with existing company processes and infrastructure. This partnership will benefit Liaison Technologies’ customers, giving them easy access to additional offerings such as Liaison Technologies’ product information management solution, enhanced network reporting tools and unparalleled service-level agreements.
“A strategic global partnership with Liaison Technologies serves as an additional route-to-market for the GXS Trading Grid, especially with respect to the paper and forestry industries where Liaison has significant penetration. Meanwhile, Liaison Technologies benefits from an ability to expand into previously untapped geographies, providing new customer bases with a comprehensive B2B e-commerce solution, meeting their automation and integration needs,” said Michael Del Sarto, director of GXS Worldwide Partner Program. “Through GXS, Liaison Technologies can expect end-to-end service quality and support to ensure their customers’ successful transitions to real-time, on-demand supply chain networks.”
This global partnership comes on the heels of the recent completion of Liaison Technologies’ merger with Expresso Paper Platform BV, the leading European paper industry e-commerce and supply-chain provider. The combination of Liaison Technologies’ real-time network technology with Expresso’s advanced data mapping and translation solutions permits customers to manage the full lifecycle of product information and end-to-end, real-time messaging through a single, fully integrated solution. Liaison Technologies has now become the world’s largest provider of an integrated papiNet XML hub solution.
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 balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS enables customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise 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.co.uk.
About Liaison Technologies
Liaison Technologies helps companies transform themselves into real-time enterprises. Clients are able to maximise profits through shortened time-to-market, improved supply-chain flow and synchronised product information. More than 2,500 organisations have benefited from Liaison Technologies’ consulting services and its real-time transaction network, master data management, product information management and paper industry e-commerce solutions. Operating the world’s largest papiNet XML hub, Liaison Technologies-managed services enable more than 2 million XML-based, real-time transactions per month. To learn more about the results Liaison Technologies has delivered for real-time enterprises like International Paper, Weyerhaeuser Company, Merck & Co., PaperlinX, MAP, Lecta Group, M-Real, Sappi, Stora Enso, Grupo Portucel Soporce and Unisource, call 866-336-7378 or visit www.liaison.com.