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AT&T's Sterling Adds Software Developers In India

AT&T Inc. subsidiary Sterling Commerce plans to increase the number of employees in India this year, a company executive told TechWeb.

Sterling Commerce, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company offerings "multi-enterprise collaboration" that enables businesses to electronically transmit and share data across many enterprises, will add several hundred software developers in 2006, giving it nearly 500 by the end of 2006.

Today, developers at the company's India division are working on purchasing, order management, supply chain visibility and synchronization software, as well as packaged composite applications.

Sterling Commerce, then parent SBC Communications Inc., entered Bangalore supported by 80 employees in late 2004 with the $170 million acquisition of Yantra Corp., which provided order management and supply chain fulfillment software.

Since the Yantra acquisition closed in January 2005, Sterling Commerce has added nearly 300 software developers in India, and will hire another 200 this year, said Sam Starr, the company's president and chief executive officer.

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