SOURCE: IBM

June 11, 2007 15:17 ET

IBM Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Several Independent Reports

ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - Four new, independent research reports from Gartner, Inc. name IBM (NYSE: IBM) to the Leader Quadrant in its Magic Quadrants for application infrastructure, which according to Gartner, "includes the majority of runtime middleware, as well as application development and management tools that support the new generation of application styles based on service-oriented architecture (SOA), event-driven architecture and business process management (BPM) technology." (Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure, 2Q07, June 2007)

IBM was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in the following reports:

--  Application Infrastructure for New Service-Oriented Business
    Application Projects, 2Q07: In this report, Gartner states that "new
    service oriented business applications require a complex collection of
    capabilities in runtime-enabling technologies and development tools," and
    "the report examines the ability of leading application infrastructure
    vendors to support such projects."
    
--  Application Infrastructure for Composite-Application Projects, 2Q07:
    Gartner points out that "vendors competing in this market are large
    software vendors providing rich suites of general purpose, application
    infrastructure products that can support composite-application projects
    (and other project styles like new, SOA-style applications or back-end
    integration), application integration specialists, vendors of BPMS and
    players offering specific composite-application oriented development and
    deployment platforms."
    
--  Application Infrastructure Magic Quadrant, 2Q07: Leaders in this Magic
    Quadrant "have a full range of capabilities to support all project types in
    any geographic location and have demonstrated consistent product delivery
    over a considerable period to meet customer needs. For most enterprises, it
    is infeasible and undesirable to select a single supplier to satisfy all
    needs. Conversely, almost any enterprise will likely have a significant
    investment in products from one or more of these suppliers and little
    likelihood of removing their dependence on their incumbent suppliers of
    application infrastructure," according to the report.
    
--  Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration
    Projects, 2Q07: In this report, Gartner indicates that "the ability to
    execute in the application infrastructure for the back-end application
    integration usage scenario primarily reflects maturity and completeness of
    the product offering, reasonably affordable costs and the presence of a
    sizeable customer base that reports good experience with the vendor's
    integration technology."
    
"We believe IBM's placement in these reports is a direct result of the value we provide to thousands of clients using our SOA offerings," said Tom Rosamilia, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM. "We provide this client value by combining IBM's strengths in business consulting, IT services and software to develop high-value, repeatable tools that help companies optimize and transform their businesses."

Last month, thousands of IBM's customers and business partners gathered for IBM IMPACT 2007, IBM's inaugural worldwide customer event focused on advancing the $160 billion opportunity for SOA through education and demonstrable business results. More than 4,500 IBM clients have modeled their businesses around SOA, a business strategy that helps a company reuse existing technology to more closely align it with business goals, helping to result in greater efficiencies, cost savings and productivity.

IBM now has more than 3,600 partners in its SOA partner initiative and more than 3,800 IBM and business partner software assets are available in the IBM SOA Business Catalog. This resource allows customers to search for pre-engineered SOA technology components that solve specific business problems.

For additional information visit www.ibm.com/SOA.

*Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure, 2Q07," by Simon Hayward, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis, 1 June 2007.

*Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Service-Oriented Business Application Projects, 2Q07," by Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Kimihiko Iijima, Michael Barnes, Daryl C. Plummer, Simon Hayward, 31 May 2007.

*Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-end Application Integration Projects, 2Q07," by Jess Thompson, Michael Barnes, Kimihiko Iijima, Benoit J. Lheureux, Paolo Malinverno, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Roy W. Schulte, Simon Hayward, 7 June 2007.

*Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Composite-Application Projects, 2Q07," by Massimo Pezzini, Michael Barnes, Kimihiko Iijima, David Gootzit, Yefim V. Natis, Daryl C. Plummer, Jess Thompson, Dale Vecchio, Janelle B Hill, Simon Hayward, 7 June 2007.

The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2007 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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