IBM's WebSphere Wins 2001 InfoVision Award For Most Original Internet Product

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SOMERS, NY - 29 Oct 2001: IBM today announced it has won an InfoVision Award from the International Engineering Consortium IEC), recognizing WebSphere e-business infrastructure software as one of the most original Internet products of 2000.

The 2001 InfoVision Awards recognize the information industry's most unique and beneficial products of 2000, and winners were selected based on innovation, uniqueness, market impact, customer benefit, and value to society.

In recent months, WebSphere has:
-Garnered thousands of customers across all industries. WebSphere is used by 75 percent of the world's top commercial banks, seven of the eight top U.S. telecoms, and 80 percent of the top U.S. healthcare companies.

These companies rely on WebSphere for their Internet infrastructure needs -- including integrating their key business processes and conducting high-volume Web transactions. Today, WebSphere is used by 35,000 customers around the world. -Enjoyed ten consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, including a 75 percent jump in YTY revenue, as of 3Q01

-Gained significant marketshare. IDC says that WebSphere is growing faster than that market and significantly faster than its nearest competitor.

-Delivered across-the-board support for Web services. IBM supports open Internet standards in all its middleware offerings to provide businesses with new levels of connectivity on the Web. WebSphere is the industry's first production-ready infrastructure software to deliver Web services functionality. WebSphere supports all the open standards and technologies necessary to develop, publish and deploy Web services applications, including UDDI, SOAP, J2EE, WSDL, and enhanced integration of leading XML technologies.

-WebSphere this year delivered the first commercially available set of Web services and Java server Pages (JSP) development tools, enabling developers to easily create, deploy and maintain Web-based applications.

-Continued to gain momentum among business partners. More than 9,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) write applications on top of WebSphere, representing 500 percent year-to-year growth.

-Driven wider support in the software developer community. There are more than 600,000 active WebSphere developers worldwide.

InfoVision Award winners will be recognized during the IEC's annual event, the National Communications Forum (NCF)InfoVision 2001, to be held October 29-November 1, 2001, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois.

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