IBM Named Digital Content Management Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan

Commitment to Open Standards and Strategic Partnerships Contribute to IBM's Leadership in Delivering the Industry's Most Comprehensive Content Management Solution

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SOMERS, NY - 17 Jan 2003: IBM today announced that it was named the Digital Content Management Company of the Year by IT growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. IBM was recognized for its comprehensive portfolio, technology leadership and commitment to open standards.

The digital content management market is the next generation of data management, enabling customers to collect, manage and distribute all forms of business information including financial statements, scanned images, e-mails, audio and video, and link it to core business processes. It is becoming increasingly important for companies to leverage the complete spectrum of data assets within their enterprise and share it electronically among suppliers, customers, partners and employees.

According to Frost & Sullivan, IBM's leadership in cross brand product integration, its ability to accommodate different market segments and business partners and its broad view of the Enterprise Content Management, that entails the management of streaming video, static images, PC files, facsimiles, in conjunction with XML, Java support, rights management and more, were also cited as key areas that set IBM apart from the competition.

According to the firm, IBM provides customers with product offerings that meet the growing challenge for customers to manage the increasing volumes of unstructured business information across the enterprise. IBM's software including Content Manager, digital rights management -- Electronic Media Management System (EMMS) and WebSphere Portal were identified as industry leading solutions that allow customers to leverage the complete spectrum of their data assets and share them electronically among suppliers, customers, partners and employees.

The Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award for Digital Content Management Company of the Year is presented to the company that has shown vision and insight into enabling customers to implement a comprehensive digital content management solution for use in highly demanding and complex environments.

After in-depth interviews with end users, industry experts and competing vendors, Frost & Sullivan recognized IBM as the industry leader in delivering the most comprehensive digital content management offerings to help support customers' complex IT environments. The combination of IBM's strategic partnerships in the digital asset management market and its commitment to open standards helps customers attain greater flexibility to manage digital content from start to finish.

IBM's Content Management portfolio provides companies with the tools they need to manage and integrate all forms of information located in various data sources, including scanned images, audio, video and information from multiple software vendors' products. Over 9,000 organizations worldwide use IBM content management technology to manage and integrate information from the widest variety of sources, regardless of where the information resides.

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