July 27, 2005 08:00 ET

IBM Ranked Number One in Worldwide Marketplace Share for Application Deployment Software

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 27, 2005 -- IBM today announced that it has again been positioned as the number one vendor based on software revenue in 2004, according to IDC's "Worldwide Application Deployment Software 2004, Vendor Shares by Operating Environment," IDC report #33697, July 2005.

The application deployment software market analyzed by IDC includes application server and integration server software platforms, web server software, transaction server and message oriented middleware, and all of the associated application deployment adapters.

According to the report from market research firm IDC, IBM, with 37 percent, had the highest marketplace share based on software license and maintenance revenue for application deployment software on all platforms combined. In 2004, total worldwide application deployment software revenue for all vendors combined was $6.9 billion. Additionally, IBM experienced 18 percent growth and maintained its leading position with 19 percent of the application deployment software revenue on the Windows platform, according to IDC.

"IBM's placement as the number one application deployment software supplier worldwide is a testament to the technology leadership and innovation that IBM is committed to providing for customers," said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, WebSphere, IBM Software Group. "As more organizations of all sizes fully exploit the power of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) to create on demand businesses, IBM will continue to support their efforts."

The IDC report analyzing the worldwide market for application deployment software is based on the IDC 2005 Software Market Forecaster (SMF) Database, which covers over 85 functional software markets worldwide by multiple operating environment and many geographic dimensions. The definition of software revenue, as well as the survey methodology and the operating-environment/regional modeling assumptions underlying these rankings are detailed in the report.

Among the IBM software products included in the application deployment software marketplace are WebSphere Application Server and related adapters, WebSphere integration software, WebSphere MQ message oriented middleware, CICS transaction server middleware, and related IBM software products.

About IBM WebSphere

IBM WebSphere® software provides businesses with integration capabilities that maximize both flexibility and responsiveness. Understanding that a flexible IT infrastructure is integral to becoming an On Demand Business™ has led to IBM WebSphere's position as marketplace-leading integration software, or middleware, for integrating, people, processes and information, as well as the applications and infrastructure software that support them, across a wide variety of computing platforms.

Built according to clients' desire for flexible, standards-based, highly reliable and scalable software, WebSphere software is used by tens of thousands of companies and other organizations for end-to-end enterprise integration. For more information on IBM's on demand strategy, visit

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