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IBM Tops New ABI Research Vendor Matrix Ranking

January 22, 2009

In the matrix, the market research company evaluates the worldwide RFID enterprise platform BPM-SOA vendors.

NEW YORK, NY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IBM has been ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research.

SAP and Microsoft claimed the second and third spots in the company's new evaluation of worldwide RFID enterprise platform BPM (Business Process Management) and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions vendors.

"While several RFID software and solution providers promote RFID platforms, the focus of this Vendor Matrix is on those vendors offering RFID enterprise platforms backed by a BPM-SOA approach," says research director Michael Liard. "IBM leads the category, backed by its extended global reach, installed customer base and experience, and continued platform solution innovation; however, SAP and Microsoft remain highly competitive."

The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors' positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of "innovation" and "implementation" across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.

For this particular matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined vendors' overall RFID strategy, vision, and approach as well as the scope of RFID enterprise platform solution offerings. Their industry leadership and knowledge transfer are factored in, as are their application and vertical market leadership, alignment, and innovation. Enterprise deployment-friendliness and flexibility play a role in the evaluation, along with their business process value enablement, their platform solution innovation on both BPM and SOA considerations, and their standalone aptitude and level of customization.

Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized the following criteria: installed base of customers and customer size; international market presence and penetration; RFID market experience; breadth of vertical and application markets served; strength in vertical and application markets served; integration and support capabilities; partner collaboration quotient, and overall market leadership and strength.

To view a chart showing the rankings of the "top three" firms in this Vendor Matrix, please visit RFID Enterprise Platform (BPM/SOA) Solution Providers Vendor Matrix. Registration on the ABI Research website (free) is required. Access to the rankings and profiles of all companies surveyed is available to clients of ABI Research.

This Vendor Matrix forms part of ABI Research's RFID Research Service. For a list of all ABI Research Vendor Matrices, please visit the ABI Research Vendor Matrix.

About ABI Research
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of emerging trends in global connectivity. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team of experts advise thousands of decision makers through research and advisory services in seven key practice areas. Est. 1990. For more information visit the ABI Research Web site, or call +1.516.624.2500.

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