IBM Content Discovery Software Named to Leaders Quadrant by Analyst Firm

Leading Industry Analyst Firm Places IBM in Leader Quadrant for Information Access Technology Market

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ARMONK, NY - 12 Sep 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM in the Leaders Quadrant of its new Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology. (1)

Information access technology includes enterprise search software, as well as other software used for content classification, content analytics, categorization, fact and entity extraction, and taxonomy creation and management that make it easier for people to find and use information buried within content and across organizations.

Positions in the Quadrant is based on the combination of its product capabilities, market performance, customer experience and overall vision, according to Gartner.

"IBM's search and content discovery portfolio is helping enterprise customers do more than gather simple search results. Our technology enables them to use information to solve complex business problems by combining advanced analytics, content classification and search capabilities with software, hardware and services," said Ken Bisconti, vice president strategy, IBM Enterprise Content Management Software. "We're pleased that Gartner has placed us in the Leaders Quadrant, which we believe is recognition of IBM's ability to deliver comprehensive information access capabilities to customers via a broad spectrum of offerings built upon more than 10 years of research and development and work with customers worldwide."

IBM's portfolio of enterprise search and content discovery software supports the company's global Information on Demand initiative which is helping clients of all sizes overcome barriers to using information as a strategic asset. IBM's offerings extend from scaleable, highly secure OmniFind enterprise search, information classification, extraction and analysis software, to the no-cost IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition offering, an enterprise search product developed to eliminate financial and technology barriers to entry-level file and intranet enterprise search.

With its comprehensive approach to enabling enterprise search and content discovery, IBM is delivering new levels of business insight through advanced secure semantic search and rich content mining and visualization. IBM's software offerings are enabling organizations to improve access to information, gain new business insight, and create new opportunities for the use of information no matter where it is found. The software is based on the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) standard to provide an open architecture for connecting applications for entity extraction and text analytics.

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1 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology, 2007, September 5, 2007, Whit Andrews.

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