July 13, 2005 14:40 ET

IBM Named in Analyst Firm's Leader Quadrant for Web Services Platforms

IBM's Offerings Help Customers Migrate to SOA

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 13, 2005 -- IBM today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM in the Leader Quadrant in their 2005 Magic Quadrant for Web Services Platforms.*

According to Gartner, leaders are performing well today in Web services, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

"IBM has helped thousands of customers generate substantial business value implementing Web services as they migrate to enterprise-wide SOA deployments," said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, IBM WebSphere Software. "This success is based on the evolving SOA ecosystem around WebSphere software with independent software vendors as well as business and vertical industry expertise from across IBM."

IBM customers can transform to on demand businesses that integrate data with partners and suppliers utilizing Web services and service-oriented architectures. IBM is uniquely able to provide customers with a broad range of resources including business process expertise; leadership in developing Web services standards, industry-leading software including WebSphere infrastructure software, Tivoli management software and Rational development tools; and a broad range of professional services to help customers plan, build, deploy and manage services-oriented architectures.

Additionally, IBM recently announced a new initiative to help business partners, independent software vendors and systems integrators successfully implement SOAs with customers. This initiative will further evolve the SOA ecosystem by providing partners access to IBM SOA resources, assets and go-to-market support.

IBM has a broad range of products including WebSphere, Rational and Tivoli middleware and services capabilities -- including Service Oriented Modeling and Architecture and Business Component Modeling -- to help customers achieve the business benefits of an SOA.

For more information on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Services Platforms visit

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that help enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business on demand. For more information about IBM and service-oriented architecture, visit

* Magic Quadrant Disclaimer

The Magic Quadrant for Web Services Platforms authored by David Mitchell Smith, Charles Abrams, Daniel, Daryl C. Plummer and Michele Cantara is copyrighted July 12, 2005, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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