IBM Announces Major Customers For WebSphere e-Business Infrastructure Software

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SOMERS, NY - 25 Mar 2002: IBM today announced eight more companies worldwide that are turning to its WebSphere* software for their e-business operations.

IBM WebSphere is the market-leading Internet infrastructure software -- or middleware -- used to develop, serve and integrate business applications and enable high-volume transactions over the Web. As widely reported last week, WebSphere's marketshare rose to 34 percent last year, from 31 in 2000, while BEA sank from 36 to 34, according to a leading analyst. Nearly 50,000 companies worldwide now rely on WebSphere as their e-business middleware.

The new WebSphere customers include Goodyear, Michelin, the Australian Open, Elsevier Science Ltd. of UK, AMB Generali Informatik GmbH of Germany, ARZ of Austria, and Orange of France.

WebSphere has shown 11 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth, climbing 43 percent in the fourth quarter of 2001 and 50 percent for the entire year. The WebSphere software platform is used by 75 percent of the top commercial banks in the United States, 15 of the top Wall Street brokerage firms, seven of the eight largest U.S. telecommunications companies, and 80 percent of the top U.S. healthcare companies.

Unlike competitors, WebSphere is a complete set of integrated middleware products, built on open standards and IBM's legendary strengths in reliably and securely handling enterprise-scale transactions.

In addition, IBM offers a complete set of industry-leading and award-winning application development tools. The rapid adoption of WebSphere tools, including the industry's first tools to deploy Web services, highlights how an increasing number of developers are adopting WebSphere as their development software of choice. Today, more than 9,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) write applications on top of WebSphere. There are more than 600,000 active WebSphere developers worldwide, nearly three times the nearest competitor.

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