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2005 Readers' Choice Awards

Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.

Best Metadata Management Toolset
Informatica

Best XML Database (tie)
IBM
Microsoft
Oracle

Best XML Authoring, Managing and Publishing Application
Adobe

Best Data and Document Capture System
Adobe

Best Collaborative Content Management System
Microsoft

Best Enterprise Content Management System
IBM

Best Web Content Management System
Microsoft

Best Search, Taxonomy or Categorization Tool
Google

Best Enterprise Resource Planning System
SAP

Best Supply Chain Management System
SAP

Best Application Change Management Toolset
Computer Associates

Best Enterprise Application Management System
Computer Associates

Best IT Systems Management Toolset
Computer Associates

Best SOA Toolset
Microsoft

Best B2B Integration Middleware
IBM

Best Enterprise Service Bus Middleware
IBM

Best Business Process Management System (tie)
Computer Associates
Microsoft Business Solutions
Oracle

Best Business Rules Engine
Fair Isaac

Best Corporate Governance and Compliance Solution
Microsoft Business Solutions

Best Consulting or Outsourcing Services
IBM Global Services