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Sterling Commerce Delivers Financial Database Product

Sterling Commerce in Dallas, a provider of business-to-business e-commerce software, released VECTOR:Interstate, a new product designed to help financial institutions manage multiple databases across time zones.

"Interstate banking provides a unique set of challenges, one of which is the ability to manage several databases at once," said Sydney Smith Hicks, vice president of operations and marketing, banking systems division, at Sterling Commerce.

"VECTOR:Interstate is the solution for banks operating in multiple time zones and across geographic regions because it can effectively manage all of the institution's databases, greatly enhancing the ability to build and load databases, and use those databases from any site."

VECTOR:Interstate reengineers a financial institution's return item processing by transparently rebuilding a database as each region completes its daily processing. The result is a synchronized database that ties all of the institution's databases together to essentially create one database covering the entire financial institution.

The new system can handle more than 40 processing regions, the company said. Pricing was not disclosed.