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1. IBM Corporation (www.ibm.com)

QUESTION: What is the greatest challenge confronting your company today, and how are you responding to that challenge?

Janet Perna
Janet Perna
General Manager, IBM Data Management Solutions

Customers are driving the next evolution of the software industry and are recognizing the need for an e-infrastructure that connects applications and databases throughout the enterprise and, increasingly, with business partners, suppliers and customers. Companies spend as much as 40 percent of their annual IT budgets on integration, analysts say.

IBM's data management software addresses this critical challenge by integrating information across the enterprise through its federated approach to data management. Recognizing that most companies have different data residing in various computer systems, in different locations and of multiple data types, IBM is extending its federated capabilities by delivering new features that enable customers to integrate information available as Web Services. IBM's unique federated capabilities are a key differentiator versus competitors' offerings that promote a centralized approach to data management. DB2's federated capabilities enable customers to access, manage and analyze data wherever it resides regardless of database or data type. This approach allows customers to build on their current technology infrastructure, increase scalability and reliability, and lower the total cost of computing.

DB2 Version 8 offers customers more than 400 new features including new autonomic computing technologies that help customers reduce the total cost of computing by delivering new self-managing features that will simplify, automate and eliminate many tasks associated with maintaining databases.

IBM recently captured the worldwide market-share lead in database management based on its commitment to provide customers the industry's leading technology. IBM's Data Management division looks forward to continuing its work with customers to help them gain value and a competitive edge from their IT investment.



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