MICROSOFT GLOBAL HIGH-TECH SUMMIT, SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 25, 2007 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced that it has been named a founding member of the Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGi) High-Tech Council. The role of the OAGi High-Tech Council is to create business integration standards that support the diverse integration needs of the high-tech community and enable inter-industry supply chain collabouration. OAGi is an open, not-for-profit and fully independent standards development organisation focused on business process interoperability within, and between businesses, and is the governing group for the OAGIS standard. Founding members of the High-Tech Council include Cisco, GXS, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
Available without royalty or licensing fees, the OAGIS extensible mark-up language (XML) solution is also the only solution architected to support businesses’ integration needs both outside and inside the enterprise. OAGIS is based on a rich and extensible set of process definitions and XML-based message definitions. It is the most mature XML format and an accepted standard across industries. OAGIS is supported by GXS Trading Grid®, the company’s global B2B e-commerce and integration platform, and is used by GXS customers in a variety of industries and geographic markets. As part of the High-Tech Council, GXS will contribute its expertise in B2B integration in the high-tech industry to OAGIS and support the advancement of an open standard for inter-business process integration.
“The high-tech industry is facing unprecedented levels of complexity in getting products to market, with more participants in the supply chain than ever before, and both supply and demand spread around the world. This has increased the importance of open B2B standards to streamline and automate collabouration between companies in the high-tech value chain,” said Ryan Kraudel, who leads GXS’ high-tech industry strategy and marketing. “GXS is committed to working with OAGi to advance the development and adoption of OAGIS in the high-tech industry and ensure the standard continues to provide a robust integration solution today and in the future.”
As part of its commitment to the high-tech industry and the advancement of B2B integration capabilities, GXS is a platinum sponsor of Microsoft’s Global High-Tech Summit 2007. This conference brings together industry experts, companies, vendors and other thought leaders in the high-tech industry with a goal of discussing current challenges facing the industry and potential solutions for the future. GXS customer and OAGIS adopter, Texas Instruments, is presenting a case study at the event and Dr. Hau Lee, director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, will provide a visionary presentation on supply chain challenges in the high-tech industry. Lee will discuss, in part, a recent study that documents the benefits of B2B outsourcing for companies in a variety of industries including high-tech manufacturing. A full copy of the report can be downloaded at www.gxs.co.uk
“As a service provider entrenched in the high-tech industry and the challenges of B2B integration, GXS’ participation in the OAGi High-Tech Council will be invaluable in accelerating the adoption of the OAGIS standard,” said David Connelly, chief executive officer of OAGi. “Our goal is to make it easier and more cost-effective for companies to achieve business process interoperability. GXS shares in that mission. The users of OAGIS will benefit from GXS’ participation on the council as the member companies identify best practices for implementation and adoption.”
To remain competitive today, high-tech companies must make B2B communications compatible with multiple technology standards. Active in a variety of high-tech industry organisations including EIDX, EDIFICE, OAG and RosettaNet, GXS insulates companies from the technology churn and the expense of supporting all standards across trading communities by translating documents to and from the recipient’s preferred format. This allows companies to focus on core business operations while giving them the ability to trade seamlessly with any supplier or customer. In addition, high-tech OEMs are pressuring suppliers to achieve demand-driven supply chains with near real-time decision making capabilities. GXS enables companies to automate information and processes. As a result, companies can reduce time to market and expenses, conserve capital, optimise inventory levels and support build-to-order methodologies. High-tech companies that rely on GXS to power their demand-driven supply chains include Avago Technologies, Fairchild Semiconductor, GE Consumer and Industrial, InFocus, Panasonic, Texas Instruments and Thomson Consumer Electronics.
“Microsoft is proud to align with GXS to better serve companies in the high-tech manufacturing industry through the adoption of flexible and useful standards,” said Drew Gude, U.S. high-tech manufacturing industry solutions director. “GXS recognises that by advancing the adoption of OAGIS, and by providing its customers with the ability to support other standards seamlessly and easily, global B2B integration becomes a more achievable reality for businesses anywhere in the world in any industry.”
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 synchronise 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 collabouration.
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration, synchronisation and collabouration among trading partners. Organisations worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading Grid® to extend supply networks, optimise 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 maximise the benefits of integration for businesses.
Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS’ extensive global network serves customers throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at www.gxs.co.uk.
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