IBM Ranks First In Worldwide Enterprise Portal Software Market Share

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Aug 09, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has ranked IBM Websphere Portal as the number one portal software based on software license and maintenance revenue.

According to IDC, IBM led the worldwide enterprise portal software market for the fourth consecutive year, achieving double digit growth from 2004 to 2005.(1)

Highlights from the IDC market analysis include:

--  IDC noted IBM's commitment to service-oriented architecture (SOA) and
    collaboration technology, its availability of solution frameworks with
    cross-industry and vertical-specific process capabilities, and the
    company's portfolio of more than 1,500 back-end connectors to enterprise
--  The IBM WebSphere Portal portfolio leverages IBM's SOA technology to
    deliver role-based composite applications to improve information delivery
    and collaboration.
--  IBM offers portal software that spans a variety of "packaging" -- or
    hardware -- options, from mobile devices to mainframes.
"Portals are increasingly the entry points for employees to access and share information inside their companies or with third parties, regardless of where the data resides," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products, IBM. "The growth of Websphere Portal software is driven by customers deploying composite applications that deliver customized information on demand to employees," he added.

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(1) IDC, Worldwide Enterprise Portal Software 2006-2010 Forecast Update and 2005 Vendor Shares: When Less is More. #202688, Kathleen Quirk, July 2006.

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