CORRECTING and REPLACING Top Ten Worldwide and U.S. Systems Integration Vendors Benefit from Strong Pipelines and Ample Number of Deals, IDC Reveals

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 4, 2008 – Please replace the release dated February 4, 2008 with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions.

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With IBM and Accenture sharing the top position in the worldwide systems integration (SI) market for 2006, virtually tied in global SI revenue, many of the top ten SI providers are expected to have delivered double-digit growth rates in 2007. IDC expects this track record of growth to be challenged in 2008 as economic forces and renewed focus on the business value of SI projects are felt across the market.

"We expect this market to have grown significantly in 2007, and while 2008 will likely be a strong year, we expect potential buyers to raise the threshold. For approval, buyers will press harder on project costs and possibly delay the start of new initiatives until later in the year. Subsequent phases of ongoing SI projects may also be delayed until the economy sorts itself out," said Bob Welch, group vice president, IDC Global Services Research.

* Key highlights of IDC's report, Worldwide and U.S. Systems Integration Services 2006 Vendor Shares: Top 10 Vendors for 2006, include the following:

* Accenture and IBM Global Services are the worldwide leaders in SI services revenue.

* The U.S. market in 2006 was dominated by companies with a strong presence in the federal government, namely Lockheed Martin, CSC, and SAIC, while in the global market the Japanese SIs, such as Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NEC Corporation, are major players.

* Although they have a strong focus on growing their ecosystems through their SI partners, Oracle and SAP find themselves on the U.S. top 10 list. Despite their presence on this list, and SAP's place on the worldwide list, IDC expects them to continue to balance the growth of their services capabilities with that of their SI partners.

* The worldwide SI services market is more fragmented than the U.S. market because of the presence of localized players in the global market.

* The first several quarters of 2008 will be crucial for SIs to see what ripple effect the current economic uncertainty may have on SI services spending and making it more challenging for vendors to grow aggressively.

IDC's study, Worldwide and U.S. Systems Integration Services 2006 Vendor Shares: Top 10 Vendors for 2006 (IDC #210208), reviews the leading systems integrators in the worldwide and U.S. markets. It provides a top 10 listing of companies in each of these markets and briefly discusses their positioning and competitive outlook. The document also makes recommendations for companies competing in these markets. In addition, the document identifies the market share leaders in the worldwide and U.S. systems integration services market, explains why particular firms' SI services revenue is growing or declining.

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