IBM Maintains Worldwide Marketshare Leadership in Application Development Software According to Top Analyst Firm

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SOMERS, NY - 25 May 2006: IBM today announced that analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has ranked IBM as the worldwide market share leader in the application development and project and portfolio management marketplace based on total software revenue for 2005.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that IBM maintained its leadership in the application development software market.

According to the independent report, IBM was the leading market share vendor in total software revenue with 25.4 percent market share, more than double the share of its nearest competitor. Gartner also stated that among the top 10 vendors in the Project and Portfolio Management market space, IBM grew faster than any of its competition. The worldwide application development and project and portfolio management software market grew 6.7 percent in 2005 to more than $7 billion.

IBM was also noted for its leadership across application development market sub-categories including Software Change and Configuration Management, Java Development Tools, Language-Oriented Development Environments, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, and a general category titled Other Application Development Tools.

"IBM's track record of innovation is required in this dynamic application development market place," said Danny Sabbah, general manager, Rational software, IBM Software Group. "We consider Rational's continued ranking as the number one application development vendor by Gartner as a testament to our market leading software development platform."

IBM Rational helps clients to govern the business process of software and systems development. IBM Rational products and best practices power the IBM Rational Software Development Platform, the premier platform for teams who build, extend, modernize, integrate, and deploy software in business applications, embedded systems, and software products. This cross-platform solution offers IBM customers and Business Partners an integrated application development environment that is based on open standards, including the universal Eclipse framework.

Gartner's Market Share Report analyzes the total software revenue for vendors in the application development and project and portfolio management marketplace. The Gartner market statistics report is entitled "Market Share: Application Development and Project and Portfolio Management, Worldwide, 2005" authored by Laurie Wurster and Fabrizio Biscotti. Gartner is a leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry.

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