the world's largest information technology company.
It creates, develops, manufactures, and sells the industry's
most advanced information technologies and services
worldwide, including computer systems, software, networking
systems, storage devices and microelectronics. IBM is
the worldwide leader in database management system software,
according to a May 2002, Gartner Dataquest report. Recently,
IBM announced its 20th consecutive quarter of growth
for its database software business. In the first quarter
of 2002, IBM's data management business increased 28
percent and its DB2 Data Management Software increased
12 percent. The awarding winning DB2 product family
software together with Internet technology makes information
easily accessible, available, and secure.