IBM global leader in application development

IBM today announced that analyst firm Gartner, Inc has ranked it as the worldwide leader in the application development software space, based on total software revenue in 2008.

According to the independent Gartner report, IBM leads the industry with 27.1 percent share in 2008, growing 7.9 percent as compared to the overall segment’s growth of 4 percent. Gartner reports the total worldwide market for application development in 2008 was $7.3 billion.

IBM Rational tools also achieved ‘top honours’ in the annual Evans Data Corp. Software Development Platform User Satisfaction survey. Rational was ranked higher than development tool offerings from several competitors.

“In order to deliver the right solutions, on budget and on time, our customers continue to invest in offerings that improve the collaboration and automation of their software development organizations,” said Dr. Daniel Sabbah, general manager, IBM Rational Software. “Additionally, IBM is building upon its leadership in the application development tools market and is now delivering the next generation collaborative, team-based IDE. We feel that the strong customer validation demonstrated in these reports further confirms that we are on the right path.”

In addition to achieving the survey’s top ranking for Overall Software Development Platform, Evans Data Corp. also noted IBM’s leadership in seven other categories.

“IBM is a leading example of a vendor that is moving beyond simply selling point products to customers, but rather helping meet their evolving needs by offering a complete, end-to-end application lifecycle management solution (ALM),” said John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans Data Corp. “The robust development environment and rich assortment of tools that are provided by IBM sets a standard of excellence in development tools as evidenced by its users overall satisfaction ranking in our annual survey.”

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IBM global leader in application development