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PETsMART Selects Software Technologies ERP Integration to Link More Than 450 Retail Stores Nationwide.



MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 20, 1998--

PETsMART, One of SAP'S Largest Retail Accounts Worldwide, to Link

SAP, Legacy Applications With STC's Datagate Integration Technology

Software Technologies Corp. (STC STC Supplemental Type Certificate (FAA)
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), a leader in enterprise integration technology, Tuesday announced that PETsMART, a leading worldwide operator of superstores specializing in pet food, supplies and services, has standardized on the DataGate enterprise integration solution.

Based on transaction volume, PETsMART is one of SAP's largest retail accounts worldwide, and is a showcase account for STC ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer.  integration technology. DataGate will integrate more than 450 PETsMART stores nationwide, processing up to 6 million store-level transactions per day, and providing more than 100 transactional interfaces between SAP and 22 other distinct systems at its stores and corporate offices.

DataGate will initially orchestrate or·ches·trate  
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 transactions between SAP and other critical systems such as warehousing, traffic, point-of-sale, credit card processing, payroll, space planning, data warehousing See data warehouse.

data warehousing - data warehouse
 and store inventory management systems as well as supply chain and payment processing links.

The $1 million contract specifies copies of DataGate, STC's EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) The electronic communication of business transactions, such as orders, confirmations and invoices, between organizations. Third parties provide EDI services that enable organizations with different equipment to connect.  DataGateWay interface for SAP R/3, Data Access and Retrieval Technology (DART), which provides links to Oracle and Informix, and legacy system DataGateways to link PETsMART's corporate office systems with retail stores nationwide.

DataGate will provide point-to-point connections, offering PETsMART an approximate 40 percent reduction in development and an 80 percent reduction in maintenance costs compared to more traditional interface development methods. With 99 percent system availability with DataGate, PETsMART also anticipates savings benefits with improved reliability.

"We're looking to streamline our business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets  and reduce development and maintenance costs," said Jake Mendelsohn, chief information officer, PETsMART. "We chose the STC solution because it met or exceeded our expectations, delivered on the `return on integration' benefit promised, and offers advanced features and performance.

"Our biggest challenge in selecting a vendor was to find total integration, including uniting our legacy applications with the SAP environment, which is extremely complex. DataGate goes beyond typical integration products by offering us a complete integration architecture that will scale to our growth and accommodate changes in our IT environment," added Mendelsohn.

"PETsMART is a world-class STC application, and achieves the `return on integration' benefits we strive for in customer relationships," said James T. Demetriades, president, chairman and chief executive officer, STC.

"The business efficiencies being sought by many corporate enterprises today will continue as companies look to integration technology to help them develop leading-edge intranets and supply chain links, as well as reduce high development and maintenance costs and unacceptable downtime delays. More and more companies are discovering, as PETsMART did, that shrink-wrapped integration solutions and STC are a compelling choice," Demetriades added.

PETsMART

The PETsMART ERP application links legacy applications with numerous SAP and other applications. SAP applications linked include SAP Retail, SAP Financials, SAP Costing, SAP Asset Management, SAP Materials Management Materials management is the branch of logistics that deals with the tangible components of a supply chain. Specifically, this covers the acquisition of spare parts and replacements, quality control of purchasing and ordering such parts, and the standards involved in ordering, , and SAP Sales and Distribution Management; legacy applications include EXE Exe (ĕks), river, c.55 mi (90 km) long, rising in the Exmoor, Somerset, SW England, and flowing S across the Cornwall peninsula, past Exeter to the English Channel at Exmouth.  (warehouse), Point-of-Sale (POS (1) See point of sale and packet over SONET.

(2) "Parent over shoulder." See digispeak.

POS - point of sale
) and other enterprise applications including Oracle and Informix.

"A key interface is between our store systems and SAP," added Mendelsohn. "This is an extremely complex interface and, with our large transaction volume and short processing window, we need a robust and efficient interface engine.

"Through this interface we also collect store-level inventory movement information and transmit credit card processing information directly to our bank. This is the heart of our data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another.  environment and we look to STC to dramatically increase efficiency and reduce errors," concluded Mendelsohn.

DataGate: Linking the Enterprise

Supporting multiple integration and messaging capabilities in a single product including data conversion, translation, transformation, encryption, routing and monitoring, STC's DataGate product suite is well qualified to address the needs of enterprise customers.

"With links to popular ERP applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle and SyBase, STC is aggressively moving to service the quickly growing ERP integration market," added Demetriades. "The PETsMART sales win confirms our expertise in the enterprise integration market, and demonstrates the value we can bring to large-enterprise customers."

About STC

STC is a leading provider of integration technology, providing real-time or batch enterprise-integration of applications, databases and legacy systems. DataGate, the premier integration product suite, is currently installed in more than 1,000 sites worldwide. DataGate supports multiple messaging capabilities, including data conversion, translation, transformation, encryption, monitoring and routing.

It also supports electronic-data interchange (EDI) and SAP R/3, and offers full international standards compliance, including S.W.I.F.T., EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange For Administration Commerce and Transport) An ISO standard for electronic data interchange (EDI) that was proposed to supersede both X12 and TRADACOMS as the worldwide standard. See EDI. , AL3, HL7 and X12. In addition to its product line, STC offers a full range of professional services (job) professional services - A department of a supplier providing consultancy and programming manpower for the supplier's products.  including consulting, training and support.

STC has headquarters in Monrovia, with offices in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe and the Pacific Rim Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region. . Additional information about the company and its products is available on the company's Web site: <http://www.stc.com> or by calling 626/471-6000.

About PETsMART

PETsMART Inc. is a leading worldwide operator of superstores specializing in pet food, supplies and services. The company's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market Nasdaq stock market

The first electronic stock market listing over 5000 companies. The Nasdaq stock market comprises two separate markets, namely the Nasdaq National Market, which trades large, active securities and the Nasdaq Smallcap Market that trades emerging growth companies.
 under the symbol PETM PETM Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum . General information about PETsMART, including corporate background and news releases, is available through PETsMART's Web site at www.petsmart.com or by contacting BW NewsOnDemand at 888/588-PETM.
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