The size of the data integration application market and who can gain sizable vendor share are among the reasons Ascential Software Inc. is acquiring Torrent Systems Inc. Garter says the extract, transform and load (ETL) tool market had sales of $420 million in 2000 with a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent. Giga, meanwhile, puts the size of the current market at $620 million and Meta Group estimates that the worldwide market for data integration will grow from $900 million in 2001 to $1.3 billion in 2004. “The fastest growing component of this opportunity is the high-end of the market, which is characterized by multi- national enterprises with large customer bases, multiple business units, several product lines, a range of partners and suppliers and a wide geographic dispersion,” says Doug Laney, vice president, application delivery strategies, Meta Group.

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