IBM Receives "Positive" Rating in Leading Analysts Firm's Marketscope Report on Distributed Output Management

Given "Positive" Rating by Analyst Firm in Key Print Industry Report

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BOULDER, CO - 22 Mar 2006: IBM announced today that it has received a "Positive" rating in Gartner's MarketScope for Distributed Output Management.(1)

The rating was based on evaluation of products, services, customer experience, strategy, ability to execute, and several other criteria. Sixteen vendors were evaluated by Gartner.

Distributed output management is defined by Gartner as middleware that drives the output process and supports the automated creation and delivery of business process and ad hoc documents. They estimate that the 2005 worldwide market size of distributed output management was $441 million in software and maintenance and forecast that this market will have a 5 percent compound annual growth rate from 2006 to 2010.

The study evaluated the IBM Infoprint Workflow Portfolio, which includes the Infoprint Workflow services offering, IBM Infoprint Manager software, and new IBM Infoprint ProcessDirector software.

"Distributed output management is an important consideration for companies that are looking to automate processes, while increasing flexibility and security. It has become much more than managing output from a server to a printer," said Karen Fukuma, vice president, production solutions, IBM Printing Systems Division. "Leaders in this area have designed an end-to-end framework to include print, the web, email and other forms of electronic distribution. We believe Gartner's 'Positive' rating confirms IBM's position in distributed output management and our commitment to providing clients with a wide range of capabilities to meet a variety of requirements."

IBM Infoprint Workflow Portfolio The IBM Infoprint Workflow Portfolio can help clients address business challenges ranging from basic printer management to enterprise-wide output transformation.

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1 MarketScope for Distributed Output Management, 2006, 13 March, 2006, Kenneth Chin, Toby Bell, James Lundy