iSoft selects EXTOL for strategic partnership to deliver UCCnet solution to retail/CPG suppliers

iSoft selects EXTOL for strategic partnership to deliver UCCnet solution to retail/CPG suppliers

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EXTOL International, Inc., a leading provider of B2B integration application software for the mid-sized enterprise, announced it has been selected as a strategic business partner by iSoft Corporation, a leading provider of business integration and enterprise connectivity software, to enable iSoft customers in retail/CPG and other vertical markets to meet the mandates from their customers for synchronization of product item data through UCCnet and the GLOBALregistry. In addition, the partnership provides a significant strategic advantage for any customer needing integration of front-end B2B systems with back-end applications, automation and integration of business processes, or extraction, transformation, and transport of data to applications and partners.

iSoft Corporation and Extol will bring to the market the iSoft Commerce Suite and Extol Business Integrator for UCCnet Services applications, creating a solution capable of integrating manufacturers, distributors, and other supply-side organizations with the UCCnet services network. When both iSoft and Extol are deployed, the customer's ROI is maximized.

"The strategic partnership is based on the round-trip integration capabilities of the Extol Business Integrator for UCCnet™ Services as well as the Extol track record for enabling rapid implementation and deployment with the limited IT staff typical of most mid-sized suppliers to the close-to-cost retailers such as The Home Depot, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and others," said Roy Hogsed, president and CEO, iSoft Corporation.

"The iSoft and Extol partnership not only enables enterprise hubs and their partners to communicate synchronized product information throughout the supply-chain in near real-time while ensuring unprecedented data integrity, security, and reliability," said Hogsed. "It also provides a complete integration broker solution for companies needing to improve their business effectiveness."

"Extol enables clients to accommodate the growing succession of e-initiatives. Today that is UCCnet and EDI, but just over the horizon are RFID, CPFR, and more," said Dennis Bonagura, president of Extol. "This strategic approach to tactical e-business objectives lets a company leverage the investment in UCCnet over future supply chain requirements. Extol is the only vendor who can deliver on that promise to the mid market."

"iSoft has been a leader in helping companies meet supply-chain e-business mandates in retail/CPG and many other verticals," added Bonagura. "They are a perfectly positioned partner to reach companies impacted by supply chain mandates and to deliver B2B capabilities that meet specific UCCnet requirements today and other e-initiatives in the future."

"The EXTOL Business Integration Platform has proven to have the flexibility to meet a wide array of specific objectives posed by e-business mandates, such as EDI, UCCnet, and XML, with the integration, transformation, and business functionality needed for any data synchronization activity," added Tony Baran, CEO of Extol. "Our focus on the mid market and our high levels of customer education and support are aligned with the challenges faced by iSoft customers."

Extol and iSoft customers interested in investigating the opportunities presented by the strategic alliance of the two companies should contact their Extol or iSoft account representative.

About EXTOL International, Inc.
Extol is focused on equipping the mid-sized enterprise to succeed in the world of electronic commerce. Extol Business Integration software delivers a wide range of B2B capabilities to implement initiatives such as EDI, XML, UCCnet, AS2, A2A and more. These capabilities are delivered on a business integration platform enabling users to take full advantage of supply chain collaboration, partnership integration and internal synchronization of data and business processes across disparate systems and platforms. Information is available at www.extol.com.

About iSoft Corporation
iSoft Corporation, a premier provider of business integration and enterprise connectivity software, specializes in connectivity solutions that leverage the Internet to improve business performance. Its flagship product, iSoft Commerce Suite, is a comprehensive, component-based connectivity solution for Global 5000 customers requiring a robust, centrally-managed, IP-based communications infrastructure to manage the movement of information, securely and reliably, between internal enterprise systems and those of their customers, suppliers and other business partners. Adaptable to meet the dynamic needs of business, iSoft Commerce Suite integrates with existing back-end systems and is flexible to meet the business and technical demands of an organization's internal customers and external community of business partners. iSoft customers are from a cross section of industries such as consumer packaged goods, distribution, electronics, entertainment, high-tech manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail and include some of the world's most recognized brands such as Coty, Inc., D & K Healthcare Resources, Inc., Epson, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC, L'Oreal, McLane Companies, McQueary Brothers Wholesale Drug Company, Paramount Pictures, The Purdue Pharma Company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, Inc., Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wyeth. Information is available at www.isoft.com.

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