AXIS Computer Systems ERP Users Gain B2B Collaboration Adapter From iWay Software

Hendrix Wire and Cable Achieves Customer Integration Using AXIOM(R) and iWay Solutions

NEW YORK, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- iWay Software(C), an Information Builders company and the world's leading adapter vendor, and AXIS Computer Systems, Inc. (AXIS), the leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the metals, wire, and cable industries announce that iWay Software now offers a standard application adapter for the AXIS' AXIOM Enterprise Resource Management System for use in deployment of collaborative B2B e-business solutions.


Coupled with the iWay XML Transformation Engine, the AXIOM Adapter enables companies using AXIOM as their enterprise business system to easily automate EDI and Internet-based transactions with customers, suppliers, and partners. The iWay transformation engine uses protocol listeners, agents, and the AXIOM ERP adaptor to receive, send, and transform incoming and outgoing transactions to and from any XML, EDI, or comma-delimited file format. Combined with AXIOM, this provides a flexible and cost-effective framework for collaborative B2B solutions with any number of partner companies, regardless of their respective internal business systems.

One of the first AXIS customers to implement the iWay AXIOM Adapter is Hendrix Wire and Cable, a leading manufacturer of power transmission cable and accessory products used by power utilities worldwide. "The B2B integration framework we now have in place with AXIOM and iWay gives us the ability to automate key transactions and information sharing with our customers in a way that is far more open and far less expensive than EDI," states Clay Schmick, director of IT for Hendrix.

Hendrix is already using the new solution to share order, acknowledgement, ASN, ASN receipt, and invoice transactions. It also automates AXIOM's load planning and pick-list printing functions for incoming orders that can be shipped from current stock or production. In addition to replacing virtually all manual entry of EDI orders, saving significant human effort, the iWay/AXIOM solution is also being used to connect Hendrix's AXIOM system to a Web-based exchange, opening a whole new sales channel for the company. Hendrix also plans to share messages related to VMI, delivery schedule, and credit hold situations in the near future. "Leveraging AXIOM with automated system- to-system communications is helping us to further improve our service levels and customer loyalty while reducing activity costs," adds Schmick.

The iWay AXIOM Adapter is available immediately from iWay Software. For more information, call (866) 297-4929 or e-mail Email Contact.

About AXIS

AXIS Computer Systems, Inc. (AXIS) is the leading provider of enterprise resource management software solutions for the metals, wire and cable industries. The AXIOM(R) family of solutions helps metals producers and processors, service centers, and wire and cable manufacturers improve business performance while reducing the cost of IT. AXIOM provides integrated support for enterprise-wide operations from sales and customer service, to production, quality, and financial management. AXIS serves companies ranging in size from the mid-market to some of the industry's largest corporations. Customers include industry leaders such as: International Steel Group (ISG), Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI), Gibraltar Steel, Perryman Company, AK Tube, Johnstown Wire Technologies, Superior Essex, Harbour Industries, Fisk Alloy Wire, Hendrix Wire and Cable, Northwire, and many more.

About iWay Software

iWay Software, accelerates business integration by providing tools that make service-oriented architectures easy to implement. Clients achieve short- term ROI by using iWay to reduce custom programming and to solve problems quickly, while incrementally creating an architecture that supports long-term projects. The biggest names in software, including BEA and Microsoft, use iWay adapters to simplify access to ERP and CRM systems, messaging, legacy systems, e-business protocols like AS2 and ebXML, and more. Additional message transformation and data integration make iWay a natural integration choice -- standalone or with other middleware.

About Information Builders

Information Builders, a $300 million company, is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting. The company's WebFOCUS product -- the industry's most secure and flexible -- is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments for hundreds of thousands of users. Additionally, WebFOCUS' empowerment of organizations seeking to leverage all of their data by accessing it all -- from legacy to data warehouse -- is unmatched.

Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 29 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,750 people, and has over 350 business partners.

CONTACT: Jon Stotts of iWay Software, +1-917-339-5442,
Email Contact; or Tom Womeldorff of Nuvera Group, +1-513-794-9204,
Email Contact for Information Builders and iWay Software

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