Sterling Commerce Re-Commits to Columbus, Ohio

Leading Software Company Renews 10-Year Lease and Gains Infrastructure Enhancements; Sponsors TechColumbus Innovation Awards

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 4, 2009) - Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, today announced it has extended its lease for its Columbus, Ohio headquarters for 10 years. The company has been headquartered in the Columbus area for more than two decades and employs 757 people at the facility. Key factors in renewing the lease were that the location met the company's current and future needs and offered a high quality of life, including opportunities for community involvement.

The company also highlighted its commitment to the region through its platinum sponsorship of the TechColumbus Innovation Awards, to be awarded on Thursday, February 5. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in technology and innovation in central Ohio.

"Sterling Commerce is in a unique position. We're a leader in several growing markets, offering innovative solutions that help thousands of customers connect, communicate and collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners," said Jim Hendrickson, vice president of corporate development at Sterling Commerce. "Our employees are vital to what sets Sterling Commerce apart and we couldn't imagine a better headquarter location for finding and retaining talent that is customer-focused and innovative. We also feel it's important to invest in the community, and we know Columbus is a community that also will invest in Sterling Commerce."

As part of its commitment to central Ohio's economic and community development, Sterling Commerce has funded program-related support to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. In addition, senior leadership has volunteered their time and expertise to help address workforce and logistics challenges facing the region. The City of Columbus demonstrated its investment in Sterling Commerce by committing to make improvements on Emerald Parkway, the main route to the company's Columbus campus, to ease traffic and address safety issues.

"With its industry leading products, global customer base, and demonstrated commitment to its employees, Sterling Commerce exemplifies the type of company we want in Columbus," said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "As the largest software company in the area, it's important that Sterling Commerce also shares its talent and resources to strengthen multiple business initiatives for the region."

The 2008 TechColumbus Innovation Awards honor individuals and companies who continue to accelerate Columbus' growth in the future of innovation. Presented by TechColumbus, a regional organization supporting the growth of Central Ohio's technology economy, the awards will recognize 13 outstanding leaders and teams out of hundreds of entries exemplifying the best in technology leadership and innovation in 2008.

Sterling Commerce products include Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite, a comprehensive solution for managing the entire inquiry-to-cash cycle, and Sterling Commerce integration solutions for managed file transfer and business-to-business (B2B) connectivity and collaboration. The Columbus location hosts the company's recently enhanced data center, serving more than 30,000 customers worldwide. In 2008, the company completed a $16 million data center project, leveraging more than 27,000 man hours, to create a secure and scalable multi-tenancy B2B environment.

About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people and technology. More than 30,000 customers worldwide use Sterling Commerce solutions for business process integration, multi-channel selling, and supply chain fulfillment, and payments management to optimize business performance inside and outside their enterprise. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Sterling Commerce has offices in 24 countries around the world. More information can be found at