October 12, 2005 09:59 ET

Report: IBM Ranked Number One in Worldwide Market Share for Enterprise Portals

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2005 -- IBM announced that WebSphere® Portal has been named the industry's number one enterprise portal product by a top market analyst firm. According to IDC(1), IBM has the highest percentage of worldwide portal market share for 2004 based on software license and maintenance revenue, which is more than 10 percent higher than the closest competitor.

Organizations today are facing an overload of information on multiple and disparate systems, making it increasingly difficult to identify, access, and disseminate relevant information. Through a security-rich and scalable infrastructure, WebSphere Portal helps businesses organize, combine, and make information and systems easier to use. In addition, WebSphere Portal is a key part of the services oriented architecture (SOA) lifecycle for deploying people based services.

"WebSphere Portal, an integral part of the IBM® Workplace™ family of products and solutions, continues to lead the portal industry with our customer base growing by double digits this year," says Ken Bisconti, vice president of IBM Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products. "Support for SOA, a high level of security and a clear and reliable product roadmap have been the key drivers in this success."

The following represent a sample of the thousands of customers of all sizes and industries that are using the powerful capabilities of WebSphere Portal technology to address complex collaboration issues:

Ball Memorial

Ball Memorial Hospital, the flagship hospital for Cardinal Health System, selected IBM WebSphere Portal and Bowstreet technology to develop a physicians' dashboard that aggregates data and functionality from disparate systems. The physicians' dashboard provides access to critical data, such as patient, scheduling, and pharmaceutical information, from a single source.

"We're very pleased with the results we have achieved. The time our physicians save by using the dashboard allows each of them to schedule one additional patient per day. This translates to a potential increase in revenue of approximately $60,000 per month or $720,000 per year," explains Christina Fogle, Manager of eSystem Support, Cardinal Health System.

The AO Foundation

The AO Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the area of trauma and corrective surgery, turned to IBM and IBM Business Partner WP Experts to create a portal that would let surgeons and faculty members communicate and access everything from surgical procedures and research data, to continuing education requirements.

"As a nonprofit organization we face an interesting challenge, we have a lot of information that needs to reach a wide variety of audiences worldwide yet we have a limited amount of time and resources to make it happen," says Michael Redies, Head of Knowledge Services department for the AO Foundation. "With WebSphere Portal we are able to put the right information in the hands of our surgeons and faculty members easily and efficiently."

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(1) IDC, Worldwide Enterprise Portal Software 2004 Vendor Shares: Adoption Increases as Customers Deploy Portals to Improve Specific Business Processes. #33533, Brian McDonough, June 2005. IDC is a leading IT market research and advisory firm.

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