Sterling Commerce, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with executive and operating offices in Dublin (greater Columbus), Ohio, and Irving, Texas, was spun-off from its parent company, Sterling Software, in March of 1996 Stephen R. Perkins, president of the Communications Software Group and executive vice president of Sterling Commerce, provides a little background into the genesis of the company. "The electronic commerce portion of Sterling Software, which later became Sterling Commerce, began through a series of acquisitions, including Informatics General in 1985 and Systems Center, in 1993. I was part of the Systems Center acquisition, which is now the Communications Software Group represented by the CONNECT product family, having been their vice president in charge of development," explains Perkins. In 1993, Sterling Software formed the Electronic Commerce Group, which was designed to focus solely on developing and delivering business-to-business electronic commerce solutions worldwide. By 1994, the group realized revenues of $156 million and by March 1996, an initial public offering of Sterling Commerce stock was made. The company had officially spun off from Sterling Software in September, 1996, and in February, 1997, made a follow-on offering raising an additional $400 million dollars for future acquisitions.

Sterling Commerce provides over 90 business-to-business electronic commerce products and services which are represented through the CONNECT, GENTRAN, VECTOR and COMMERCE product families.

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