GXS, a vendor of business-to-business electronic commerce software and systems, has linked one of its applications to Microsoft Office Excel 2007. GXS Trading Grid for Excel allows companies to automate B2B transactions with their global trading partners via Excel. The product takes advantage of the new Office Excel 2007 user interface, XML file format structures and the custom programmability of Excel. It also combines the document-management and translation capabilities within GXS Trading Grid, to deliver "direct-to-desktop" automation to companies and their trading partners. Trading Grid for Excel translates Office Excel 2007 spreadsheets directly into standardized e-commerce transactions for integration with backend systems. Features of the service include templates customized for the user's requirements, built-in data validation, quick and easy startup, a Web-based portal with real-time status updates and various support options. In the process, users can gain visibility into document exchanges to quickly assess the state of transactions via Trading Grid Online, GXS's Web-based portal.
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