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IBM Agrees to Acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T 2010.05.28

ARMONK, N.Y. & DALLAS - 24 May 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AT&T today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T for approximately $1.4 billion in cash.

Bob Irwin, President and CEO, Sterling Commerce.
Photo: Sterling Commerce
 
ARMONK, N.Y. & DALLAS - 24 May 2010


IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AT&T today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T for approximately $1.4 billion in cash.
The acquisition of the Dublin, OH-based company will expand IBM's ability to help organizations create more intelligent and dynamic business networks by simplifying and automating the way they connect and communicate with customers, partners and suppliers both on-premise or through cloud computing delivery models.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Over 30,000 worldwide customers, including 80% of the FORTUNE 500, use Sterling Commerce solutions.
Photo: Sterling Commerce
 
Organizations are looking for ways to work more efficiently and profitably within their communities of business partners, customers and suppliers.

IBM's products and services complement the world-class business-to-business capabilities of Sterling Commerce and together enable the integration of key business processes through the entire cross-channel solution lifecycle - from marketing and selling to order management and fulfillment.
These offerings also give clients the flexibility to manage their networks of business partners through public or private cloud computing environments.

Any Partner. Any System. Anywhere. Sterling Business Integration Suite.
Over 30,000 worldwide customers, including 80% of the FORTUNE 500, use Sterling Commerce solutions.
Photo: Sterling Commerce
 
Today, more than 18,000 global customers use Sterling Commerce offerings.
The company enables more than 1 billion business interactions a year for clients in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, communications and distribution industries.

IBM sees these interactions growing dramatically due to the proliferation of electronic business transactions, from banks exchanging transaction data and manufacturers sourcing raw materials electronically, to retailers automating stock replenishment and managing orders online.
Such intelligent transactions, and the software that supports them, help deliver the agility businesses need to be successful.

Sterling Commerce offerings strongly complement IBM's middleware portfolio.
By acquiring Sterling Commerce technology and its large trading partner network, IBM anticipates it will be able to deliver powerful new cross-channel solutions to its clients.
In addition, Sterling Commerce technology will complement IBM's industry-focused software offerings, enabling the addition of capabilities to IBM's frameworks supporting the retail, manufacturing, communications, health care and banking industries.

Craig Hayman, general manager, WebSphere, IBM.
Photo: IBM
 
"Businesses today are operating in a highly competitive global environment in which lines between actions taking place within and outside an organization's four walls are blurring," said Craig Hayman, general manager, WebSphere, IBM.
"This acquisition will give IBM new tools to help clients build dynamic business networks that connect partners, suppliers and clients and deliver a consistent customer experience across channels. In addition, the fact that much of this can be done in the cloud will make it compelling to large numbers of our customers."

According to IBM, the combined technologies and expertise of IBM and Sterling Commerce will make business and partner networks smarter and more efficient by enabling integration beyond the enterprise.

 
  Ray Wilkins, CEO, AT&T Diversified Businesses.
Photo: AT&T
 
The company believes that through this acquisition, clients will be able to extend the capabilities of their existing systems using, for example, IBM's rules management, analytics and business process management software. This can enable these organizations to respond more nimbly to sudden business challenges as they happen.

"Sterling Commerce is a solid business that complements IBM's suite of products and services. Our focus is on developing and providing a world-class portfolio of networking-based solutions and services, including network- and cloud-based data storage and managed hosting, application and computing services," said Ray Wilkins, chief executive officer, AT&T Diversified Businesses.
"And AT&T remains committed to its strategic alliance with IBM, our largest customer, to provide a unified set of telecommunications and computing services to multinational corporations across the globe."

 
  Bob Irwin, President and CEO, Sterling Commerce.
Photo: Sterling Commerce
 
"The broad global reach and additional capabilities IBM offers make this acquisition great news for our customers and partners," said Bob Irwin, chief executive officer, Sterling Commerce.
"The combination of IBM's products, services and skills with the Sterling Commerce B2B integration and cross-channel capabilities resulting from this acquisition is unparalleled."

Consistent with its software strategy, IBM plans to continue to support Sterling Commerce clients and enhance Sterling Commerce technologies while allowing these organizations to take advantage of the broader IBM portfolio.

Following the close of the acquisition, approximately 2,500 Sterling Commerce employees will be integrated into the WebSphere organization within IBM's Software Group.

IBM and AT&T expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2010, subject to regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
AT&T expects to record a one-time pretax gain of approximately $750 million in the quarter in which the transaction closes.


About Sterling Commerce


Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) company, helps companies optimize and transform their dynamic business network to accelerate revenues and reduce costs.

 
 
Sterling Commerce
provides cross-channel and B2B solutions for more than 18,000 customers worldwide.

More information can be found at

www.sterlingcommerce.com  


About AT&T


AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company.

 
 
Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world.
With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services.

A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.
It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T DIRECTV(SM) brands.

The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.


About IBM


For more information visit:

http://www.ibm.com/software/websphere/announcement050410.html  


Contact(s) information

Nancy Kaplan
IBM Media Relations

914-766-1849
nkaplan@us.ibm.com

Joe Horine
Sterling Commerce

614-790-8435
joe_horine@stercomm.com

Kory Liss
IBM Investor Relations

914-499-4095
kory@us.ibm.com

McCall Butler
Fleishman-Hillard for AT&T Corporate Communications

212-453-2354
mbutler@attnews.us


http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31742.wss  




Craig Hayman
General Manager, WebSphere, IBM


Craig Hayman, general manager, WebSphere, IBM.
Photo: IBM
 
Craig Hayman is the General Manager of the Application & Integration Middleware (AIM) business unit for IBM Software Group.
He leads an organization of more than 8,000 software development, marketing, services, and sales professionals spanning more than 25 locations worldwide, and is responsible for IBM's WebSphere portfolio and other strategic middleware technologies, including Web application servers, transaction and messaging systems, business integration technology, e-commerce servers, and industry-oriented middleware solutions.

Prior to this current role, he was Vice President, WebSphere, with responsibility for Application & Integration Middleware (AIM) software development and portfolio responsibility for Business Process Management, Connectivity, Application Infrastructure and DataPower.

He was previously Vice President, Development and Customer Support for Lotus, Vice President, Solutions Development for Software Group, Vice President, Worldwide Development Pervasive Computing and Vice President, Software Group Strategy.

Craig joined IBM in 1997 working on XML standards to represent objects in transactional systems.
In 1999, he co-led the revamp of the IBM development tools and the resulting WebSphere Studio product line which was launched in 2001 together with the underlying development environment eclipse.org.

From 2000 to 2002, he was Director, WebSphere Development and led the product development and support of the WebSphere Application Server and the foundation the WebSphere platform.
In 2002 he was named Vice President of Strategy, IBM Software Group, with responsibility for software strategy across the WebSphere, Lotus, Tivoli, DB2 and Rational product lines. From 2003-2005 Craig was Vice President, Worldwide Solutions Development, responsible for delivering IBM's Industry Solutions, RFID, Client Technology and Voice products.

Prior to joining IBM, Craig co-founded an enterprise tools vendor after holding IT positions at British Telecom and Credit Suisse First Boston.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of London.



Bob Irwin
President and CEO of Sterling Commerce


Bob Irwin, President and CEO, Sterling Commerce.
Photo: Sterling Commerce
 
Bob Irwin is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling Commerce, responsible for driving company vision, growth, and profitability. In this role, Irwin is focused on reshaping Sterling Commerce to lead the company’s evolution to a major player in the enterprise software market.
He is providing strategic leadership in articulating the company vision; transforming the company’s software delivery efforts; building strategic partnerships; and leveraging the company’s parent company, AT&T, and key customer constituencies.

Prior to taking the post as CEO, Irwin served as the company’s top sales executive and a key member of its executive team since joining the company in 2002.
In this role as senior vice president, Americas’ Sales, Irwin was responsible for strategic leadership of the Sterling Commerce Americas’ sales team, where he helped transform the company’s sales organization.

Irwin has more than 21 years of experience through work at IBM, several technology consulting practices, and as an information technology (IT) executive.
As an IT executive at leading financial services and healthcare companies, Irwin gained invaluable experience in the technology field.
This experience built upon his work at IBM, where he began his career as a major account salesperson for four years, followed by three years as a major account sales manager.
After IBM, he built three successful technology consulting practices in the areas of software development, network engineering and business management.

Irwin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University in 1982.

http://www.sterlingcommerce.com/about/executive-profiles/birwin.htm  



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