December 05, 2006 15:00 ET

Leading Analyst Firm Positions IBM in 'Leaders' Quadrant for Data Integration Tools Market

IBM Information Server Delivers on IBM Vision for Data Integration

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner has positioned IBM in the Leaders Quadrant in its November 22, 2006 report, "Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2006*." According to Gartner, "Leaders" are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

The IBM Information Integration portfolio provides one of the industry's broadest and advanced software platforms to help organizations leverage their investment in information technology. As a proofpoint of the company's vision for data integration, IBM recently introduced the IBM Information Server, a first-of-a-kind software platform that enables clients to deliver trusted, consistent and reusable information to applications and business processes.

Announced in October during the IBM Information on Demand Global Conference and currently available worldwide, the IBM Information Server is already in use by more than 75 IBM clients and partners including leading companies such as Harley Davidson, Commerce Bank, Grundfos Group, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, and LVMH France Argentine Cosmetics, S.A., a subsidiary of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

"IBM is helping clients handle their most difficult integration and information management tasks," said Pete Fiore, vice president, IBM Information Integration Solutions. "Our unique vision for information integration is giving clients access to knowledge once locked away in a data center, providing them the confidence they need to make strategic, innovative business decisions. IBM Information Server improves information consistency and reuse while it serves as a centralized platform to integrate and reconcile information from different applications and sources."

IBM Information Integration Solutions include high-performance, end-to-end data integration with data movement, transformation, data profiling, data quality, and meta data management and parallel processing technologies.

The report, "Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2006," is available from IBM at

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* The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2006 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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