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Ascential Software Named 'Number One Company to Watch'

Thursday December 18, 9:46 am ET

Intelligent Enterprise Editors Select Ascential Software As the Industry Leader in Integration Software

WESTBORO, Mass., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ascential Software Corporation (Nasdaq: ASCL - News), the enterprise data integration leader, today announced that Intelligent Enterprise magazine has named it the number one integration company to watch in 2004. The honor came in the form of an Editors' Choice Award, which spotlights "companies providing the strongest vision, market leadership and technology innovation" in the "quest to align IT with business objectives and light up ... enterprises with brilliance."

CMP Media's Intelligent Enterprise is read by more than 80,000 senior business and IT managers who focus on using corporate information as a strategic platform for their organizations. "In today's real-time enterprise, customers require powerful data integration solutions to transform their corporate data into intelligent business information," said Jeanette Burriesci, senior editor of Intelligent Enterprise. In her article, Burriesci writes: "Ascential is now the data integration revenue leader, thanks to its Mercator Software acquisition. The company has a chance to lead also in terms of user preference in 2004 ... Ascential is riding high in the world of enterprise integration - and that's a good place to be."

The Intelligent Enterprise award, announced in the January 2004 issue, closes a year of continuous industry recognition for Ascential Software. The company was recently named to the DM Review 100 list of business intelligence vendors. In October 2003, Software Business awarded Ascential Software its Software Industry Award for Best Enterprise Integration technology. Earlier in the year, SD Times, the software development industry's newspaper of record, selected Ascential Software for its first annual SD Times 100 list of software development leaders and innovators.

"2003 has been a tremendous year for Ascential Software," said Mark Register, vice president and chief marketing officer, Ascential Software. "We're proud that Intelligent Enterprise has validated what our customers have been saying all along - that Ascential Software provides the most complete solution for all of an enterprise's data integration requirements."

The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite(TM) combines Ascential Software's industry-leading solutions for data profiling, data quality and data transformation/delivery. These capabilities operate on a shared platform of software services for unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, any-to-any connectivity and real-time data integration. Ascential Real-Time Integration Services(TM) extends the reach and enables the seamless interoperability of Ascential Software's data integration solutions within an enterprise's service-oriented architecture (SOA).

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 Westboro, 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 and performance capabilities of Ascential's products, technology and services, the ability of Ascential to provide seamless connectivity between Ascential's data integration solutions and various enterprise applications and the ability of Ascential's products and services to provide unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, any-to-any connectivity and real-time data integration. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: risks relating to the ability of Ascential to expand its market share, growth rates for the enterprise data integration software market, the scope and frequency of data integration projects, the ability of customers to improve performance utilizing Ascential's products and services, integration/divestiture issues resulting from merger/acquisition activities, 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, dependence on international operations, and difficulties that Ascential 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 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Ascential disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in Ascential's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which such statements are based.

Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite and Ascential Real-Time Integration Services are trademarks 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.

Source: Ascential Software Corporation