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IBM WebSphere Leads Asia Pacific Market

Tops Connectivity Software, Message-Oriented Software And Businessware Management Systems Markets

ASIA PACIFIC - 26 Oct 2001: IBM WebSphere is the undisputed leader in the Asia Pacific region*, according to IDC's latest report on the software market from 2000 through 2005. The e-infrastructure software leads the connectivity software, message-oriented software and businessware management software markets**, which are the key areas under the system infrastructure market as defined by IDC.

According to the report, IBM also leads in the application server software platform market** with 19.1 percent share in 2000, a gain of more than seven points over 1999. With a 258 percent growth rate in 2000, WebSphere outperformed the industry, which grew 118 percent last year.***

IBM WebSphere software is IBM's family of integration software that provides the fundamental IT infrastructure companies need to embrace and adopt virtually any e-business initiative. This market is a US$14 billion opportunity with an expected 11 percent compound growth rate (CGR) over the next three years.

"Just three years old, WebSphere has quickly grown to become the cornerstone of many organizations' e-business infrastructure," said Brett Ison, WebSphere business unit executive, Software Group, IBM Asia Pacific.

"The WebSphere portfolio continues to build momentum as the bedrock for customers to drive down costs, improve efficiencies and, most of all, provides the ability to be winners in today's uncertain times. Its market leadership position, as reported by IDC, is testament of our customers' confidence in IBM and WebSphere."

Proven offering for e-business technology deployment IBM has clinched the leadership position for WebSphere in these market segments:

Contact(s) information

Laurie Friedman
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1299
laurie1@us.ibm.com

Wilvin Chee
IDC Asia/Pacific
(852) 2905-4242
wchee@idcap.com

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