GXS Makes Top 10 B2B e-Commerce Predictions for 2009

Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:00am EST

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Second Annual Predictions Focus on Economy and Emerging Technologies Such as
Cloud Computing  

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- GXS, a leading provider of
business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced its Top 10
B2B e-commerce predictions for 2009. Thought leaders from GXS created the
predictions based on research, news, trends, industry discourse and customer
discussions. The predictions span vertical industries and incorporate many of
the latest trends and factors affecting businesses around the world. The
predictions are concentrated in three distinct areas: B2B Best Practices,
Emerging Technologies and Financial Services. All the predictions are
discussed in greater detail by the experts on Trading Grid Radio. 

B2B Best Practices
1) Companies Turn to Outsourcing in Economic Downturn 
The B2B outsourcing market will defy the cost-cutting trend and continue to
grow as expected (18-20 percent year over year) because it can help companies
not only cut costs, but also boost top line revenue, improve customer
satisfaction and enhance supply chain effectiveness, even in a down market. 

2) B2B Programs Gain Maturity 
Companies with supply chains in less developed regions of the world will find
that self-administered B2B programs cannot reach maturity fast enough to meet
corporate goals. Businesses will turn to outsourcing to quickly establish
mature global B2B programs. 

3) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Extends to the B2B Cloud 
Difficulties integrating ERP into the B2B ecosystem will be overcome by the
use of a collection point within a cloud service to enable both buy side and
supply side users to access the same data, reconciling supply chain
discrepancies and improving supply chain efficiencies. 

4) Communities-R-Us: Companies Focus on Unlocking Costs Collectively
Organizations in 2009 will win and lose by the community they keep. They will
focus and invest in unlocking value and reducing costs collectively and will
work together to comply with the likely increase in global regulations this

5) B2B Strategies Incorporate Basic Desktop Applications
Microsoft Excel's extensive use in the enterprise will lead to the
incorporation of basic desktop applications into B2B strategies, with more and
more companies using applications, such as Excel, as "ERP" applications. 

Emerging Technologies
6) SaaS Providers Increase Customer Access to REST Web Services
The Web 2.0 phenomenon and the rise of agile web development frameworks have
increased the ease of use and availability of URL-based web services
significantly. In 2009, SaaS providers will increasingly expose existing
Simple Object Access Protocol or "SOAP"-based web services with an alternate
Representational State Transfer (REST) implementation. Companies will build
new services with REST in mind to attract developers inside or outside the
company to increase the value of the ecosystem. 

7) War of the Clouds Reaches B2B
The majority of startups in the B2B space will use the major cloud platforms
(Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce) as their foundation technology. Beyond
this, cloud platforms will actively seek partners or develop their own
technologies in B2B to round out their offerings and to act as a source of
community membership. 

8) OFTP 2.0 Rolls Out Across OEM and Supplier B2B Projects
This year companies will begin to capitalize on the next version of OFTP,
OFTP2, to transfer files across the internet in a secure and reliable manner,
using both file encryption and the secure exchange of digital certificates to
ensure that files are exchanged safely between users. 

Financial Services
9) Banks Focus on Banking
In 2009, banks will renew their focus on their core competency of selling
money--in the form of loans, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other
traditional financial products. Banks will look to improve existing processes
and customer service, mitigate risk and retain as many of their corporate
clients as possible. 

10) Greening of B2B Results in Greater Adoption of e-Invoicing
As business balance their desire to "go green" with the need to operate at
maximum efficiency, e-invoicing will be recognized as the foremost solution
that meets both goals--reducing costs, saving time and drastically reducing
B2B carbon footprints. 

About GXS
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and
enhance business process integration and collaboration among trading partners.
 Organizations worldwide, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500,
leverage the on-demand services on GXS Trading Grid(R) to extend supply chain
networks, optimize product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage
electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility.  GXS Managed Services,
GXS' B2B outsourcing solution, empowers customers with the expertise,
technical infrastructure and program support to conduct B2B e-commerce with
trading partners globally.  
Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS has an extensive global network and has local
offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.  GXS can be found on
the Web at www.gxs.com, http://blogs.gxs.com and http://twitter.com/gxs.  

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Allison Tobin of GXS, +1-301-340-4988, allison.tobin@gxs.com, or Shahed Ahmed
of Merritt Group, +1-703-390-1515, ahmed@merrittgrp.com
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