GXS Ranks 73rd on 2011 InformationWeek 500

Sunbury, United Kingdom — September 12, 2011 — GXS™, the world’s largest business-to-business e-commerce provider, today announced that it ranked 73rd on this year’s InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S, moving up from 75th in 2010.

GXS ranked 3rd among Information Technology (IT) companies, ahead of IBM, Salesforce.com and Dell,  moving up from 6th in 2010.  Tweet this

The annual list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA, USA.

“We’re flattered to be recognised again among the other IT leaders in the InformationWeek 500,” said Karl Salnoske, executive vice president and chief information officer, GXS.  “In 2010, we continued to make significant investments in the global capabilities and reach of GXS Trading Grid, our integration cloud platform, including the innovations underlying our improved ranking. We believe that the growing number of companies using GXS Trading Grid is living proof that ‘integration belongs in the cloud.’ This is further supported by the business outcomes our customers are achieving, including faster speed-to-market, higher customer satisfaction, and improved business agility.    

GXS’s ranking was attributed to three innovations the company made in 2010 to support the delivery of its business-to-business (B2B) integration services and accelerate the provisioning of customers to the GXS Trading Grid, the company’s integration cloud platform.  

  • Simplifying Event Services Setup.  To shorten the time to setup a trading partner connection, GXS created a publish-and-subscribe event integration system that makes it easier to integrate event occurrences and services, configure rules, processes and other peculiarities relevant to how a company processes transactions, including how those transactions are integrated into customer ERP and back-office applications. For example, this would help an Accounts Payable manager at an apparel retailer validate the item quantity in an invoice against the quantity ordered and received before the invoice gets processed in her financial system.  The service not only had to make it faster to provision a single customer, but also had to scale to support the GXS Trading Grid’s daily flow of 10 to 12 million events (more than 4 billion events per year).
  • Aggregating Third-Party Web Services.   With the rise of cloud computing, companies and B2B integration providers like GXS are picking up the role of aggregating (brokering) multiple third-party cloud services to better manage end-user access, master data and service levels. To support this need, GXS created a cloud service to integrate third parties, such as e-invoicing providers.  By aggregating web services, GXS provides customers with faster provisioning and “one-stop-shopping” for cloud services.
  • Bringing People Back Into The Supply Chain.For decades, much of the supply chain efficiencies have been realised by squeezing people out of the picture, by automating, scaling and simplifying transactions. Today, many companies are realising the value of pulling people back into these B2B integration processes.  To support these needs, GXS integrated its integration cloud platform to a third-party community management SaaS application (RollStream), to combine data flows in the people network with data flows in the transaction network, enabling companies to shorten the time it takes to onboard a partner by up to 50%.

“For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “In this day and age, however, being innovative isn’t enough. Companies and their IT organisations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies.  Top winners have included: The Vanguard Group, CME Group, Conway, National Semiconductor, Kimberly-Clark, Hilton Hotels and Unum. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders. 

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.  

About GXS:
GXS is a leading integration services provider and operates the world’s largest integration cloud, GXS Trading Grid®.  Our software and services help more than 40,000 companies, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 23 of the top 25 supply chains, extend their partner networks, automate receiving processes, manage electronic payments, and improve supply chain visibility.  GXS Managed Services, our unique approach to improving B2B integration operations, combines GXS Trading Grid with our process orchestration services and global team to manage a company’s multi-enterprise processes.  Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has direct operations in 20 countries, employing more than 2,000 professionals.  To learn more, see http://www.gxs.co.uk, read our blog at http://blogs.gxs.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gxs and join us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/gxs.

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Media Contact:
Denise Oakley                                                
Marketing Programmes International, GXS                   
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 776408 / +44 (0) 7768 537 481     
denise.oakley@gxs.com