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IBM To Acquire Sterling Commerce

A Move That Will Lead To Significant Change In The B2B Market

June 2, 2010


  • By Ken Vollmer,
  • Brian K. Walker,
  • Patrick M. Connaughton,
  • George Lawrie
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • Sander Rose

Why Read This Report

In an aggressive move, IBM has taken steps that will lead to major changes in the business-to-business (B2B) integration market. If approved, its proposed acquisition of Sterling Commerce will provide customers with comprehensive, end-to-end integration and commerce capability that covers a wide range of real-world business challenges. However, due to the large number of available alternatives from the combined companies, execution on delivering a cohesive message to the customers may be tricky. Application development and delivery professionals should carefully evaluate the new capabilities that this acquisition will enable and prepare to implement targeted enhancements that will benefit their enterprises.

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