Ascential Software Corporation, an enterprise data integration leader, announced that technology research and advisory firm Forrester Research, has recognized the company as a market leader in the extract, transform and load (ETL) segment in a June 2004 report entitled "The ETL Tool Market is Back And Growing."  According to the report, Ascential Software posted the largest gain in market share growth for the ETL market, growing from 11.85 percent in 2002 to 14.43 percent in 2003, a higher percentage increase than any other player in the "high-market segment."Ascential DataStage, Ascential Software's ETL offering, is part of the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, a comprehensive data integration solution that profiles, cleanses and transforms data from virtually any application or system regardless of data volume or latency.

The report provides a concise view of the expanding role and market for ETL tools, discussing growth rates, trends and industry players. In the report, analysts state that the market for ETL tools is healthy and growing, corroborating that ETL as a technology is still a viable form of data integration with many years of service to the IT community ahead of it.

"We are extremely pleased to see that Forrester Research has favorably assessed the value that Ascential DataStage provides to customers," said Mark Register, chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing, industry solutions and global alliances.  "Ascential DataStage is a critical piece of the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, which provides all of the components necessary for enterprise data integration, including data profiling and data quality capabilities."

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