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ATG And IBM Sign Marketing and Technology Agreement

ATG and IBM Team to Pre-Integrate ATG Commerce and Self-Service Applications With IBM's WebSphere Platform

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., & SOMERS, N.Y. - 14 Jul 2003: ATG, a leading provider of innovative software applications for commerce and customer self-service, and IBM today announced a relationship that enables ATG to OEM IBM's WebSphere Internet infrastructure software as part of its packaged solution offerings.

Under the agreement, ATG's products will be enhanced to pre-integrate with WebSphere Application Server (WAS), WebSphere Studio development tools and WebSphere MQ application integration software. While ATG will offer an OEM bundle exclusively based on WebSphere, the company plans to continue to support application servers made by other vendors, including its own ATG Dynamo Application Server (DAS).

The ATG-IBM relationship consists of three components that benefit customers:

The combined ATG and IBM offering leverages IBM's industry-leading Internet infrastructure software, while allowing ATG to deliver robust consumer facing applications that improve the overall online consumer experience.

"This new relationship with IBM enables us to better serve our customer's needs going forward," said Bob Burke, president and CEO of ATG. "In teaming with IBM, we are able to provide our customers with world class commerce and self-service applications deployed on a widely adopted, world class infrastructure and development environment."

Dynamo Application Server customers now have enhanced choice when it comes to selecting an IT infrastructure. DAS customers may choose to continue using DAS, or alternatively, these customers may wish to consider moving to the IBM WebSphere Application Server-based OEM product. Over time, the advantage of doing so will increase significantly as ATG tightly pre-integrates its applications with the broader WebSphere platform.

The IBM/ATG relationship provides unique value for both business and IT groups in leading customer facing organizations:

Value to Business Management

With this solution, customers will be able to deploy even faster and more flexible Web-based commerce and self-service applications aimed at increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

By integrating with IBM's powerful tools and server infrastructure, ATG's products will become less expensive to develop, deploy, and operate. ATG customers will be able to create more complete solutions by integrating ATG products with the wide range of applications already available on the WebSphere platform, saving the expense and avoiding the potential complexity of making multiple platforms work together.

"Working with companies like ATG to provide applications built on IBM WebSphere software is a key part of our commitment to deliver leading-edge e-business solutions," said John Swainson, general manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware. "We're delighted by our new relationship with ATG and how it will help customers achieve technical advantage with low cost of ownership."

Many blue-chip ATG customers plan to run ATG applications based on the WebSphere platform, including Conseco Insurance, Kaiser, and DZ Bank.

As a customer of both ATG and IBM, Conseco praised the alliance that brings the strengths of these organizations together to help Conseco meet its business objectives.

"At Conseco, we are deploying ATG software to help strengthen our technology support for our distribution partners, our customers and our internal associates," said Gary Brown, chief information officer, Conseco. "Running ATG applications that are integrated with IBM's WebSphere infrastructure is a natural fit for us; a combination where we can leverage the strengths of both and reduce our total cost of ownership. This marketing and technology agreement will help us to streamline and simplify our infrastructure and use the integrated technology of both organizations to meet the growth objectives of Conseco."

Value to Information Technology Management

The ATG-IBM relationship enhances support for current ATG installations far into the future. For current customers who are interested in migrating to the OEM product, ATG will offer a cost effective transition program.

As ATG develops new commerce, self-service, and portal applications, each new version can benefit from enhancements to IBM's WebSphere Application Server and related technologies, including support for new server hardware and operating system upgrades that offer better performance and scalability. All of this can mean faster deployment of new applications and lower total cost of ownership.

Value to Developers

Developers can build Web-based commerce and self-service applications that are more closely suited to user requirements in less time, with less effort, and with greatly improved user interface consistency. They will be able to seamlessly customize ATG's out-of-box functionality using IBM's outstanding WebSphere Studio development tools. IBM and ATG will continue to embrace standards to provide maximum compatibility among products.

"We are working with IBM because they are the clear market leader in open, J2EE-based infrastructure technology and they offer unequaled market presence," said Burke. "ATG will continue its focus on its core mission: to create the most compelling, productive, and profitable online customer experience possible."

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