Sterling Commerce (NYSE: SE) today announced an alliance with Grant Thornton LLP to offer EC Payables Live!(SM)
This multi-step electronic commerce assessment and implementation process will help government agencies comply with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, which requires government agencies to implement electronic payments by January 1, 1999.
! EC Payables Live! combines Sterling Commerce’s decades of electronic commerce (EC) experience with Grant Thornton’s in-depth knowledge of the federal financial management process and systems. The overall solution consists of four phases:
EC Readiness, which provides an agency with an objective snapshot of its status toward implementing EC, and an appraisal of its capacity for making further progress in the short and long term. EC Payables Pilot, in which a short-term proof of concept is implemented that demonstrates desired business results and captures the metrics needed to develop a production business case. EC Payables Production, which includes both the technical aspects of installing production-grade EDI software, and the business aspects of re-engineering payables processes to take advantage of the savings offered by EC. Payables Partner program, which transitions an agency and its trading partners to an EDI environment.
“All federal agencies are faced with the challenge of complying with the electronic payments mandate,” said Howard Stern, director of government markets for Sterling Commerce’s Commerce Services Group. “EC Payables Live! offers a complete electronic commerce solution that leverages the sizable investments agencies have already made in their legacy systems.”
“Our alliance with Sterling Commerce combines the best in electronic Commerce with proven expertise in federal financial management,” said Hank Steininger, partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton’s federal consulting practice.
Sterling Commerce, with executive offices in Dallas, Texas, is a leading global provider of electronic commerce software products and services that enable businesses to engage in business-to-business electronic communications and transactions. Sterling Commerce has been providing electronic commerce solutions for over 20 years and has over 30,000 customers worldwide and more than 1,700 employees. For more information about Sterling Commerce products and services, visit Sterling Commerce on the World Wide Web at [ http://www.stercomm.com.]
Grant Thornton LLP, the seventh largest U.S. accounting and management consulting firm, provides a comprehensive range of professional services to organizations of all sizes. Worldwide, clients are served through Grant Thornton International’s 48 U.S. offices and 500 international offices in 85 countries. The Washington consulting practice provides value-added services in response to legislative challenges such as the CFO Act, regulatory challenges such as OMB guidelines, initiatives such as downsizing and privatization, and technology trends like data warehousing and client/server- based systems. Visit Grant Thornton’s Web site at for more information.