Revenues from Software increased 11 percent (5 percent at constant currency) to $3.5 billion compared with the prior year's third quarter. Middleware brands, which include WebSphere and DB2 product families as well as Rational, Tivoli and Lotus products, experienced revenue growth of 14 percent (8 percent at constant currency) to $2.7 billion in the third quarter of 2003. Operating systems revenues increased 6 percent (flat at constant currency) to $610 million compared with the year-ago period.

WebSphere, IBM's family of e-business on demand middleware products, increased revenues 12 percent (6 percent at constant currency) from a year ago. IBM's leading database management software, DB2, increased revenues 14 percent (8 percent at constant currency). Revenues from Tivoli software also increased 25 percent (18 percent at constant currency) and Lotus software revenues increased 9 percent (1 percent at constant currency). Revenues from Rational which was acquired during the first quarter of 2003 accounted for approximately 37 percent of the third-quarter 2003 middleware revenue growth

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