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Leading Companies In Variety Of Industries Select IBM WebSphere For e-Infrastructure Needs

35,000 Customers Worldwide Rely On WebSphere For e-Business

SOMERS, N.Y. - 24 Jul 2001: IBM* today announced dozens of new customers that have selected WebSphere as the foundation of their e-business operations.

The announcement underscores WebSphere's continuing momentum with thousands of customers worldwide and a variety of industry reports indicating WebSphere is the emerging leader in e-infrastructure software.

The new WebSphere customers include: BASF, Bear Stearns Companies Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, BPD International Bank, The Boeing Company, British Telecommunications plc, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Countrywide Credit Industries, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Ford Motor Company, W. L. Gore & Associates, The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., State of Hawaii, State of Illinois, Intel Corporation, Iowa Beef Processors, Kaiser Permanente, Kmart Corporation, Miami Dade County Florida, State of Michigan, State of Mississippi, National Account Service Company (NASCO), State of Nebraska, Oakland County Michigan, Office Depot, Inc., The Prudential Insurance Company of America, The Regence Group, Renault, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Samsung Display, Shiseido Company, Ltd., Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Standard Charter Bank, Staples, Sun Life Financial, United States Customs Service, Vodafone Group plc, The World Bank Group and others.

They are part of the 35,000 businesses around the world who rely on WebSphere as the industry's premier Internet infrastructure software. WebSphere is used by most top commercial banks in the U.S., most large U.S. telecommunications companies, most top U.S. healthcare companies, and 15 of Wall Street's top brokerage firms.

WebSphere is the fastest-growing e-infrastructure software in the industry, according to industry analysts. IDC says WebSphere is growing at twice the rate of the application server market and significantly faster than BEA. Giga Information Group says that over the past year, WebSphere's market share has nearly doubled -- more than ten times the growth rate of BEA's market share over the same time period.

In addition, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter's Annual CIO Outlook Survey cited IBM WebSphere as the most widely used Internet infrastructure software among respondents. Of the 150 CIOs who participated in the survey, 47 percent said they used WebSphere in their companies. The percentage of CIOs who use WebSphere more than doubled that of IBM's nearest competitor in the survey, BEA, which was chosen by 22 percent of the CIOs.

Contact(s) information

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

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