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Sterling Commerce Earns Rosettanet Ready Badge For Business Integration Solution

Compliance and interoperability expands customer supply chain capability, lowers cost of global trading network connectivity

Columbus, Ohio, February 2, 2004

Sterling Commerce, the world's leading provider of business integration solutions, today announced that it has earned a RosettaNet Partner Interface Process® PIP 3A4 RosettaNet ReadyTM Software Compliance Badge for its business integration solution.

The RosettaNet Ready Software Compliance Badge signifies that Sterling Commerce has rigorously tested its software, Gentran Integration Suite version 3.0, and that it is compliant with published RosettaNet specification PIP3A4 V02.02.00. RosettaNet PIPs are open standard, system-to-system XML-based dialogs that define electronic business processes among trading partners. PIP3A4 describes the XML format and business rules for purchase orders.

"We are gratified to earn another RosettaNet Ready Badge in our ongoing effort to fully support the growth of RosettaNet electronic business standards," said Sam Starr, president and CEO of Sterling Commerce. "Successful compliance testing provides our customers with the confidence that our software is interoperable and supportive of information exchange with an unlimited number of business partners - a definite advantage in today's highly collaborative business environment."

Sterling Commerce's involvement with the RosettaNet consortium began in 1999. Since that time, Sterling Commerce has taken a leadership role in RosettaNet, becoming a member of the RosettaNet Solution Provider Board, and by providing the Chief Technologist for RosettaNet, Suresh Damodaran, a Sterling Commerce senior software architect.

"Solution providers that drive compliance and interoperability in the industry help their customers expand supply chain capabilities while lowering costs around connecting with partners across the global trading network," said Jennifer Hamilton, RosettaNet president. "We are pleased to acknowledge Sterling Commerce's commitment to this effort as demonstrated by its RosettaNet Ready Compliance Badge accomplishments."

Developed with the collaboration and expertise of leading high-tech companies worldwide, including Ingram Micro, Cisco Systems, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, RosettaNet drives collaborative development and rapid deployment of Internet-based business standards, creating a common language and open electronic business processes vital to the evolution of the global high-technology trading network.

The Sterling Commerce solution for RosettaNet, Gentran Integration Suite, is designed to help companies exchange data with current and future trading partners by implementation of a fully integrated e-business infrastructure. Its modular design permits incremental progression from basic supply-chain transactions management to more sophisticated business integration as needed, making business process technology migration less disruptive and more ROI-friendly.

About RosettaNet
RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment of open, Internet-based business standards that align processes within the global trading network. More than 500 multinational and regional companies in the information technology, electronic components, semiconductor manufacturing and telecommunications industries participate in RosettaNet's strategic standards and services development. Fortune 1000 companies worldwide have implemented RosettaNet standards, conducting B2B operations that value billions in annual revenues. RosettaNet is one of the industry's most ambitious standards implementation efforts, reaching the Americas, Asia and Europe. To date, the consortium has established several regional affiliate organizations - in the Americas, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan - giving a voice to various business economies seeking to adopt and influence RosettaNet's global standards. Information on RosettaNet's worldwide activities, including a complete list of member companies and participating organizations, is available at www.rosettanet.org. RosettaNet is a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC).

About Sterling Commerce
Sterling Commerce, a wholly owned subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC), is one of the world's largest providers of business integration solutions. For Global 5000 companies and their customers, suppliers and partners, Sterling Commerce software and services help maximize business performance and improve business metrics through integration of applications, external partner systems and people. With more than 25 years of experience serving more than 30,000 customers in a vast range of industries, Sterling Commerce is a recognized pioneer in electronic commerce through its longstanding expertise in EDI. Today, as customers explore new ways to improve business performance via the Internet, Sterling Commerce continues to innovate its software and services to further the global adoption of e-commerce while offering its customers strategic solutions that leverage existing technology. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommerce.com.

SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com) is a diversified communications company, owning several of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through world-class networks, SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 30 company, SBC Communications Inc. owns America's leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services and one of the nation's leading Internet Service Providers. SBC companies currently serve 55 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC companies own 60 percent of America's second-largest wireless company, Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 24 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC companies have telecommunications investments in 26 countries.

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