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Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) reports in a new study that Ascential Software Corporation (NASDAQ:ASCL), the enterprise data integration leader, has received the highest scores for overall strategy and vision for product content, partnerships, and commitment in the Enterprise Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) Tools market. Ascential Software was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its December 2004 report, "How to Evaluate Enterprise ETL," in which the independent research firm answers the question "who's the best?" in the enterprise ETL market. In this evaluation, Ascential Software was cited as a leader in the ETL tools market.

"A successful vendor in the enterprise ETL market should focus and differentiate, plus demonstrate the ability to maintain value-added relationships with systems integrators, technology leaders, and complementary application vendors," noted Philip Russom, principal analyst, Forrester. Strategy, along with Current Offering and Market Presence, is a key indicator in the Forrester Wave(TM) methodology that was used to assess 14 ETL products. According to Forrester, Ascential Software has differentiated by delivering data integration capabilities plus products for related functions like data profiling, data quality, application integration, and mainframe data access. Ascential Software is the only vendor in the study to provide all of this functionality natively and on a single platform.

Ascential Software earned recognition for extreme ETL scalability, advanced connectivity, a price/performance ratio that is more favorable than that of other vendors assessed in the report, and complete collaborative capabilities. Forrester relates that "a user reported five billion rows processed into 12 dimensions per fact on a daily basis, thanks to multiple server instances of Ascential DataStage(TM) complemented by Ascential's Parallel Extender. Other users reported high scalability out of the box, thanks to the product's support of parallel processing for all components, linear scalability as more hardware is added, and dynamic load balancing in multinode (grid) configurations."

In addition, Forrester noted that "Ascential DataStage supports a very long list of data sources -- mostly through native gateways to all the relational databases -- and extract methods which range from ODBC to OLEDB to call interfaces. Connectivity areas that differentiate Ascential DataStage from other high-end tools include: multiple types of services, support for a long list of products and standards for message-oriented middleware, and, especially, mainframe data access."

"Forrester's Enterprise ETL report is satisfying to Ascential Software because of the favorable assessment earned and because of the recognition that we alone meet the broader enterprise data integration requirements defined by Forrester," said Mark Register, chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing, industry solutions and global alliances, Ascential Software. "Ascential DataStage, our ETL solution, delivers added value to end-users because it is part of the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite(TM), an end- to-end platform that provides all of the components necessary for complete enterprise data integration, including data profiling and data quality capabilities, meta data management, service-oriented architecture, and parallel execution."

The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite is a comprehensive data integration solution that profiles, cleanses, and transforms data from virtually any application or system regardless of data volume or latency. Ascential Software's integrated offering is designed to help companies streamline operations, improve customer support, expedite business transactions, and make better tactical and strategic decisions on the basis of the best available information. The suite provides unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, and any-to-any data source and application connectivity, and delivers on-demand data integration seamlessly within an enterprise's service-oriented architecture.

About Ascential Software

Ascential Software Corporation (NASDAQ:ASCL) is the leader in enterprise data integration. Customers and partners worldwide use the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite to confidently transform data into accurate, reliable and complete business information to improve operational performance and decision-making across every critical business dimension. Their comprehensive end-to-end solutions provide on demand data integration complemented by their professional services, industry expertise, and methodologies.

Ascential Software is headquartered in Westboro, Mass., and has more than 3,000 customers and partners globally across such industries as financial services and banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications and government.

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