April 12, 2005 11:47 ET

IBM Ranked Number One in Application Integration Middleware Based on New License Revenue in 2004

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2005 -- IBM today announced that analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has again positioned IBM as the number one application integration and middleware vendor based on license revenue in 2004.

Gartner data shows IBM as the leading vendor across all key middleware areas including application servers, integration suites, portals and the composite application platform suite marketplace.

Highlights from Gartner include:

--  IBM expanded its number one position in overall application
    integration and middleware market gaining worldwide license revenue year-to-
--  IBM maintained worldwide application server and integration suite
    license revenue leadership in 2004.
--  IBM expanded worldwide portal license revenue leadership in 2004.
"Application integration and high-volume transaction management are key attributes of on demand business," said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group. "We believe IBM's placement as the number one application integration middleware vendor by Gartner highlights IBM's leadership in providing our customers with innovative infrastructure software that helps improve business performance."

Gartner's Market Share Report analyzes the license revenues of software vendors in the application integration middleware and portal marketplace. The Gartner research note, entitled "Market Share: AIM and Portal Software, Worldwide, 2004, Preliminary (Executive Summary)" authored by Joanne Correia, Fabrizio Biscotti, Laurie Wurster and Yanna Dharmasthira, will be published in April.

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