WebSphere Continues Market Momentum With Key Customer Wins Including Network Associates

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SOMERS, NY - 20 Feb 2003: IBM today announced new customers that are using its market-leading WebSphere Internet infrastructure software to solve their e-business challenges.

IBM WebSphere is the leading software platform for e-business on demand, used by tens of thousands of customers worldwide to create, deploy and integrate business applications and enable high-volume transactions over the Web. In a further sign of its worldwide momentum in Internet infrastructure software, WebSphere's license revenue grew 21% year-to-year in 2002, far outgrowing the competition.

Recent customer wins include:

"Our customers face complex business challenges, and they come to us looking for an e-business solution that is approachable and capable of handling their evolving needs," said Jocelyne Attal, Vice President, Marketing, IBM WebSphere. "With the WebSphere platform, customers find proven technology that provides quick business results."

WebSphere gained significant market share in 2002 and is used by 85 percent of Fortune 100 companies, the top seven U.S. telecommunications firms, nine of the top 10 U.S. financial firms, and seven of the top 10 U.S. insurance companies.

"We are seeing ever-growing demand for WebSphere among our customers because they want an open, flexible, secure and scalable foundation upon which to build their integrated applications," said Mike Chadwick, Vice President of Sales, Prolifics. "IBM demonstrates the stability, momentum, technology leadership and vision that customers rely on, and Prolifics is experiencing tremendous growth in our business thanks to customer demand for WebSphere."

IBM has also seen widespread success with the recently announced WebSphere -- Express offerings designed, priced and marketed specifically to help mid-market companies to integrate and manage their disparate business processes. More than 1,000 business partners have already decided to adopt WebSphere Application Server -- Express and WebSphere Portal -- Express since the products were announced late last year.

Those partners join the WebSphere ecosystem of experts, which includes more than two million registered developers, 21 partner-run WebSphere Innovation Centers, and more than 125 active worldwide WebSphere User Groups.

"The ability to fully integrate our portal solution with WebSphere Express and Lotus Domino greatly enhances our marketability within the SMB space," said Shawn Roney, e-business Professional Services Manager at Binary Tree. "WebSphere Express will open new doors for our sales, consulting, and marketing teams."

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