12/23/2002 - Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) gains tremendous ground in the business intelligence market, ranking as one of the top ten vendors in the DM Review 100. With over 500 enterprise implementations worldwide based on Sun's Business Intelligence Data Warehousing (BIDW) offerings, Sun broadens and increases its foray in this $6.4B(1) market space, moving up from number 45 in 2001 to the number eight position in 2002.

"Sun's rank as part of the top ten BIDW leaders is a result of the many companies who widely choose Sun's spectrum of programs, partners and products," said Jean Schauer, Editor in Chief of DM Review. "We congratulate Sun on the great momentum they've had with DM Review readers and companies that design and develop business intelligence, data warehousing, analytic and CRM applications."

The 2002 DM Review 100 is an annual readership survey that consists of companies identified by the readers of DM Review. It consists of the 100 vendors that received the highest total score based on three equally weighted metrics: product quality, market share and customer satisfaction. Based on the results of this year's survey, conducted by The Gantry Group, LLC, DM Review presents these industry-leading companies.

"These rankings illustrate that our BIDW offerings are gaining tremendous market momentum, including jointly developed solutions with partners," said Ravi Pendekanti, director of solutions marketing at Sun. "Our customers are leveraging our 'open' approach in the development of best-in-class BIDW solutions. In addition, we are working with more than 50 percent of the top 20 vendors in the DM Review 100."

(1)International Data Corporation, Server Workloads 2002.

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Partner Quotes
Cognos - "As a fellow DM Review leader, Cognos and Sun's thought-leadership in the area of corporate performance management, coupled with our ability to address the complete range of business intelligence needs across an organization, will play a fundamental role in ensuring our customers' success," said Patrick O'Leary, vice president of strategic alliances, Cognos.

Hyperion - "Hyperion congratulates Sun's achievement of ranking as a top business intelligence vendor. Sun and Hyperion deliver high performance, highly scalable solutions for leveraging all of a company's information assets. Sun's scalable Sun ONE environment, combined with Hyperion's industry-leading business performance management software, allows for rapid, enterprise-wide deployments, enabling customers to make faster decisions, streamline operations and respond quickly to changing business conditions," said John Kopcke, chief technology officer at Hyperion (HYSL).

Informatica - "Sun and Informatica both ranked among the top ten this year within the DM Review 100 for their proven strength in enabling the intelligent enterprise. The combination of the Sun ONE application server with Informatica's PowerAnalyzer platform offers our customers a secure, scalable, Web-based architecture for deploying business intelligence across the enterprise," said Sanjay Poonen, vice president of worldwide marketing for Informatica.

SAS - "Since 1989, Sun has been a leading UNIX[r] platform for SAS software. By teaming on development projects to improve overall performance for applications such data warehousing and business intelligence, SAS and Sun continue to achieve new heights in meeting clients' demanding and rapidly changing business and technology goals," said Zul Abbany, Vice President, Alliance Development, SAS.

Sybase - "One year ago, Sun and Sybase announced a jointly developed reference architecture for very large data warehouses. By leveraging Sun's platform and Sybase's IQ Multiplex software, customers are able to convert data into economic value with unprecedented speed, processing power and affordability for organizations of all sizes," said Eric Miles, senior vice president and general manager of the Sybase Business Intelligence Division.

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