For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration and communication provider, has recently unveiled a package designed to automate web-based commerce all the way from order capture to fulfillment and payment, as a result of bringing together a few prudent acquisitions over the last three years.
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following the merger with Ma Bell . Then there were rumors in the early 2000s of SBC being uncertain what do with Sterling Commerce, SBC''s $3.9 billion (USD) investment at the peak of the dot-com boom. For a while, Sterling was not considered core to SBC''s business, so much so that at the end of 2002, SBC reportedly tried to divest it, with Sterling Commerce receiving strong interest from Bain Capital in late 2002. However, that the spin-off never took place and EDI/VAN provision became a limited growth