8/29/03

Ascential Software Delivers Real-time Data Integration on IBM’s WebSphere Application Server 5.0

Paul Demery , Managing Editor, B2B E-commerce

Expanding Support of IBM`s WebSphere Platform Delivers Highly Scalable Information On Demand for Enterprise Data Integration Solutions

WESTBORO, Mass., August 18, 2003 - Ascential Software Corporation (Nasdaq: ASCL), the enterprise data integration leader, today announced support for IBM WebSphere* Application Server 5.0. The combination of Ascential™ Enterprise Integration Suite and Real-Time Integration (RTI) Services with WebSphere delivers advanced technology solutions to power the real-time enterprise.

Integrating the Ascential Software Enterprise Integration Suite and IBM’s WebSphere Application Server make the real-time enterprise a reality; enabling users to take advantage of reliable, accurate and current information available from anywhere across the enterprise, at any time, to drive strategic business initiatives. Harnessing the benefits of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), solutions from Ascential Software eliminate concerns about data sources, quality, volumes, and latency, enabling customers to leverage information across strategic applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and supply chain management (SCM).

"Over the last several years, we have been delivering high-performance, mission critical data integration solutions in a number of industries, including financial services, by tapping the strength of IBM`s DB2 Universal Database* and WebSphere MQ*," said Ascential Software Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Cassettari. "WebSphere is a powerful foundation that enables customers to efficiently deploy the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite and Ascential RTI Services."

Through support for interoperability standards such as Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), Java Messaging Service (JMS), and Web services, the Ascential Software Enterprise Integration Suite and Real-Time Integration Services deliver the benefits of in-flight data integration capabilities for other common enterprise integration solutions, including business process integration (BPI), enterprise application integration (EAI), and enterprise information integration (EII).

"Working with companies like Ascential to provide complementary solutions for IBM WebSphere software is part of our commitment to deliver leading-edge e-business integration solutions," said Tom Inman, Vice President, WebSphere Foundation & Tools, IBM Software. "Ascential is delivering a solution that will benefit customers through increased operational efficiencies, strengthened customer loyalty, and integrated disparate systems ."

About Ascential Software
Ascential Software Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise data integration solutions to organizations worldwide. Customers use the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite to integrate and leverage data across all strategic analytic and enterprise applications with confidence in the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of critical information. Ascential Software’s powerful data profiling, data quality, data transformation, parallel processing, meta data and connectivity solutions enable customers to reduce total cost of ownership and increase return on IT investment. Headquartered in Westboro, Mass., Ascential Software has offices worldwide and supports more than 2,200 customers in such industries as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, and government. More information on Ascential Software can be found on the Web at www.ascential.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events, and these statements are subject to important factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release address a variety of subjects including, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance capabilities of Ascential Software`s products and technology; results achievable and benefits attainable through deployment of Ascential Software`s products; anticipated innovation and product development; customer requirements and expectations as well as benefits to customers from Ascential Software`s products and services; impact of the combination of Ascential Software products with third party products; the ability of customers to leverage information across strategic applications; operational efficiencies; and reduction of cost of ownership by customers and return on IT investment. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the ability of Ascential Software to expand its market share; growth rates for the enterprise data integration software market; general business conditions in the software industry, the technology sector, and in the domestic and international economies; rapid technological change in the markets served by Ascential Software; dependence on international operations; global and geopolitical instability; and difficulties that Ascential Software may experience integrating technologies, operations and personnel of completed or future acquisitions. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the filings made by Ascential Software with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Ascential Software disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in Ascential Software`s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which such statements are based.

© 2003 Ascential Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Ascential is a trademark of Ascential Software Corporation or its affiliates and may be registered in the United States or other jurisdictions. Other marks are the property of the owners of those marks.

*Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

CONTACTS:
Chas Kielt
Ascential Software Corporation
+1-508-366-3888, ext. 3256
chas.kielt@ascential.com

Jeff Aubin
Beaupre & Co. Public Relations Inc.
1-603-559-5838
jaubin@beaupre.com/

Topics:

Brands, Enterprise application integration, Enterprise software, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, IBM WebSphere

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