RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. … A report from independent analyst firm IDC shows that IBM (NYSE: IBM) has taken over the top position in the systems operations software space, according to worldwide revenue data.

IBM’s lead in systems operations software is based primarily on the success of its Tivoli software division.

The IDC report details market share for 2001 across three areas: job scheduling, output management and change and configuration management. In addition, growth forecasts are provided through 2006, covering operating environments such as Mainframe, Linux and Windows, as well as four geographical areas — North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of World.

“In the past year, we’ve created a flexible, integrated product portfolio that offers unique technological capabilities, built to deliver rapid time to value, increasing ROI opportunities and allowing our customers to proactively manage their infrastructure,” Robert LeBlanc, Tivoli Software general manager, said in a statement. “Being recognized by IDC as number one in this competitive software market validates our business strategy.”

Recently, IBM has made numerous enhancements to its Tivoli portfolio. The company has bolstered its software offerings to help companies identify potential problems before they happen and make it easier for IT departments to align themselves more closely with the core business. By streamlining management of applications and services, companies can dedicate more resources to their core business and their customers.

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