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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, SEPTEMBER, 23 1997, i+e Conference—GE Information Services today announced it will serve as a worldwide distributor for ECXpert for Windows NT, one product in a full line of Internet Commerce software solutions developed by Actra, a joint venture of GE Information Services and Netscape Communications. ECXpert is a business document gateway based on state-of-the-art Internet technology that allows companies to conduct Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) on the Internet in a quick, cost-effective and highly secure way. This new announcement is a key step in GE’s strategy to extend the benefits of traditional EDI and electronic commerce over the Internet.

ECXpert is the flagship product of Actra’s CommerceXpertTM portfolio. This electronic commerce system, built upon open standards-based, Internet technologies is a comprehensive software solution that addresses the growing demand for secure EDI on the Internet. With a framework that handles secure data communications over private and public networks, ECXpert employs certificates, encryption, authorization and digital signatures to ensure data integrity and security. ECXpert enables a company to extend its existing e-commerce/EDI program via the Internet or build a new Internet-centric program, utilizing today’s most advanced technologies. ECXpert on Sun Solaris is available now from GE Information Services. ECXpert NT will be available in the next 30 days.

"To complement ECXpert, GE Information Services will deliver world class services including map development and implementation, project management, community ramp, and business/EDI consulting and training. Ensuring easy client implementation is key to increasing ECXpert’s value to the customer," said Dan Tuten, vice president of Global Product Engineering, GE Information Services. "GE will have a client’s ECXpert system installed, implemented and tested within days, allowing customers to quickly and efficiently begin developing and/or expanding an Internet-centric e-commerce program."

The benefits of ECXpert include:

  • Leverage of Internet standards while taking advantage of ECXpert’s ability to integrate with existing business applications;
  • Easy-to-use, browser based interface for installation, document management, administrative tasks and reports;
  • Standard-compliant support of SMTP and S/MIME for secure EDI transactions over the Internet protocols;
  • Cost control of e-commerce programs;
  • A single control point for managing and tracking all Extranet traffic; and
  • Business document Processing including EDI, proprietary formats, binary files and desktop business documents.

"These features will allow customers to unify electronic commerce strategies across their organizations and create comprehensive e-commerce solutions to span their Intranets, Extranets and the Internet," Tuten added. "When you purchase ECXpert from GE Information Services, you invest in an easy-to-use, cost-effective, total, Internet-centric solution--a solution that will position your company both for immediate success and long-term growth."

GE Information Services is a global leader in business-to-business electronic commerce solutions, managing the world's largest electronic trading community of more than 40,000 trading partners. GE global networked solutions include EDI and messaging services, Internet, Intranet and Extranet services, and a full suite of applications that help streamline supply chain management processes. GE Information Services is one of twelve key businesses of the General Electric Company, and is headquartered in Rockville, MD, USA. (

Founded in April 1996, Actra is a joint venture between Netscape Communications Corporation and GE Information Services (GEIS). Benefiting from GEIS' market expertise as the world's leading provider of business-to-business Internet commerce services and Netscape's leading position in developing and marketing software for the Internet, Actra provides next-generation Internet commerce applications solutions for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business commerce markets. Additionally, Actra is taking an active role in promoting open standards for Internet commerce. For more information about Actra:

Actra contact:
Suzanne Burnip
(408) 542-3181

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