Sterling Commerce was a software and services company providing Supply Chain Execution Solutions including Omni-Channel Commerce, B2B including EDI translation software and one of the first B2B Integration platforms and managed file transfer ("MFT") products such as Connect:Direct (originally named Network Data Mover). Sterling Commerce was headquartered near Columbus, Ohio in Dublin, OH. SBC Communications acquired Sterling Commerce (see "Ownership" below), then SBC merged with AT&T, who sold Sterling Commerce to IBM. Sterling Commerce's Columbus, Ohio campus is now an IBM facility.
- In September, 2003, Sterling Commerce divests its Banking Systems Division to Thoma Cresse Equity Partners who in turn launch VectorSGI in the banking industry 
- In April, 2004, Sterling Commerce acquired TR2, a Boston Based Data Synchronization Software Company 
- In January, 2005, Sterling Commerce acquired Yantra a provider of Distributed Order Management and Warehouse Systems as part of its cross-channel supply chain execution application strategy.
- In May, 2006, Sterling Commerce acquired Nistevo, a provider of on-demand transportation management products as part of its cross-channel supply chain execution application strategy.
- In November, 2006, Sterling Commerce acquired Comergent, a provider of Advanced Web Selling for B2B and B2C platforms as part of its cross-channel supply chain execution application strategy.
- Sterling Commerce evolved from a company called OrderNet which was one of the first EDI based Value Added Network companies found by William Plumb which started around 1978 and was a division of Informatics. William Plumb is often cited as one of the fathers of EDI.
- In June, 1985, Sterling Software, a public company Chaired by Samuel E. Wyly made a successful tender offer for Informatics and acquired the company. Sterling Software was about 10% of the size of Informatics. Through the Integration, the company sold off several divisions of Informatics but kept and invested in OrderNet, renaming it Sterling Commerce.
- SBC Communications purchased Sterling Commerce in 2000.
- With the merger of AT&T Corp. and SBC Communications in November 2005, Sterling Commerce became an AT&T company.
- In May 2010 IBM acquired Sterling Commerce from AT&T.
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- "Sterling Commerce to Acquires Comergent Technologies". Material Handling News. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2006-12-05.
- "Challenge and Consequence: Forcing Change to eCommerce by Ralph W. Notto". Fenestra Books. 2005. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
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- "SBC to buy Sterling Commerce for $3.9 billion". CNET. 2002-01-02. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
- "SBC and AT&T to Become Nation's Largest Telecom Firm". PBS Newshour. 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
- "IBM Agrees to Acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T for $1.4 Billion". IBM. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
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