Sterling Commerce is launching what it is calling “Multi-Enterprise Collaboration.” It promises that this will “transform the way businesses interact with customers, suppliers, partners and employees.” This is coupled with an equally baffling commitment to what the company is calling “Multi-Enterprise Services Architecture” or MESA.
What Sterling appears to have in mind is making supply chains and inventory management more efficient. The company cites a recent report by the Yankee Group, which stated: “The largest opportunities for many enterprises are within their supply chains and not within the four walls of their organizations. Yankee Group research reveals U.S. companies can reduce monthly inventories from $117 billion to $293 billion and increase sales from $83 billion to $166 billion by improving and extending processes beyond the edges of the enterprise.”
Terry Quigley, head of Global Financial Messaging at LogicaCMG, explaisn that Sterling Commerce is “taking a holistic approach to the integration of businesses and business processes. In such an interconnected world, it only makes sense that sharing – application logic, business processes, and data – should likewise move beyond organisational boundaries.” LogicaCMG is a Sterling Commerce partner.