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To: SemiBull who wrote (150)9/25/2003 9:08:09 PM
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Ascential Software Welcomes Mercator Customers to Ascential World 2003

Thursday September 25, 4:40 pm ET

Attendees Will Get First Look at Product Roadmap and Hear Customer Success Stories from Mutual of Omaha, ABN AMRO Bank and Others

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ascential Software Corporation (Nasdaq: ASCL - News), the enterprise data integration leader, today welcomed Mercator Software, Inc. customers to the Ascential Software family by adding several Mercator-focused sessions to the Ascential World 2003 agenda. Ascential Software completed its acquisition of Mercator on September 12, 2003.

The Mercator-focused sessions added to Ascential Software's inaugural user and partner conference will provide existing and prospective customers of the former Mercator products with information on product direction, tips and techniques, best practices, and customer success stories. This information is designed to help customers reduce risks, increase operational efficiencies and enhance business performance.

Ascential World 2003 will include three days of workshops, panel discussions, presentations and special events designed to build skills and share information for optimizing enterprise data integration. The event will be held Oct. 26 - 28 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla. Visit for online registration and information.

The Mercator track includes these sessions:

1. Rapid Data Integration Through Deployment of Standards-Based Industry
Solutions, covering support of industry standards initiatives like
HIPAA for health care, SWIFT for financial services and EDI for cross-
industry integration.

2. Legacy to Web at Internet Speed, detailing Web services support that
delivers data integration with minimal development and integration

3. The Ascential Product Roadmap, previewing the future of Ascential-
Mercator technology.

4. Tips and Techniques to help customers accelerate and improve results
from Inside Integrator.

5. Customer Success Stories, featuring deployments by Mutual of Omaha to
address healthcare integration issues and ABN AMRO Bank to enable
straight-through processing in the financial services industry.

In addition to the Mercator sessions, Ascential World 2003 will also feature presentations from renowned technology journalist Maryfran Johnson, editor-in-chief of Computerworld; David Weinberger, an acclaimed technology author and commentator; industry analysts and IT professionals who are building tomorrow's enterprise data integration infrastructure today using solutions from Ascential Software. Networking and social activities include a salsa party at Bongos Cuban Cafe, one of Miami's hottest night spots, and the opportunity to golf on five championship courses. Ascential World 2003 sponsors include Brio, Cognos, DataDirect, HP, IBM, Lakeview Technology, MicroStrategy, Sun Microsystems and Teradata.

"Ascential World 2003 will drive home the strategic imperative for complete enterprise data integration by showcasing the successes of Ascential Software customers who have created measurable business value using our solutions," said Pete Fiore, president, Ascential Software. "The presence in one location of so many customers from a wide variety of industries, leading business partners, and Ascential Software representatives presents a dynamic opportunity for sharing experiences and ideas for enhancing the positive impact of IT on the enterprise."

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 transactional, operational, and analytical 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 Westborough, Mass., Ascential Software has offices worldwide and supports more than 3,000 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

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; benefits of attending Ascential World 2003, anticipated integration of software products acquired through Mercator; 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, including the recent acquisition of Mercator Software, Inc.. 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.

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Chas Kielt
Ascential Software Corporation
(508) 366-3888, ext. 3256

Jeff Aubin
Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, Inc.
(603) 559-5838

Source: Ascential Software Corporation