Ascential Software to Exhibit at Premier Healthcare Information Technology Conference

February 19, 2004

WESTBORO, Mass., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ascential Software Corporation , the enterprise data integration leader, today announced it will demonstrate the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite(TM) at the Healthcare Information and Management

WESTBORO, Mass., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ascential Software Corporation , the enterprise data integration leader, today announced it will demonstrate the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite(TM) at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exposition in Orlando from February 22 through February 26 at booth #4724. Ascential Software provides a complete set of data integration solutions that helps more than 300 of the leading global healthcare organizations meet regulatory compliance, improve operations and reduce costs.

"Healthcare organizations have been looking beyond HIPAA deadlines to gain competitive-edge and bottom-line efficiencies through information infrastructure initiatives that intelligently mine data, consolidate legacy systems and leverage web services," said Helen Gurevich, director of healthcare solutions at Ascential Software. "The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite is ideally placed to improve performance and reduce operational costs by enabling fast, seamless integration of data residing in a variety of disparate information systems throughout a healthcare enterprise."

The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite is a complete data integration solution that profiles, cleanses and consolidates data from multiple sources, applications and systems, and transforms it into valuable strategic information for public and private sector enterprises. The suite enables unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, any-to-any connectivity and real-time data integration. Ascential Real-Time Integration Services(TM) extends the reach and enables the seamless interoperability of Ascential Software's data integration solutions within an enterprise's service-oriented architecture (SOA). Ascential Software's healthcare customers include McKesson Corporation, Amerisource Bergoen, Express Scripts, The Wesley Hospital, United Health Group, CIGNA, Aetna, Wellpoint Health Networks, and Anthem, among others.

For more information on Ascential Software's presence at the show, contact RJ Bardsley at 508.366.3888.

About The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

HIMSS is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents more than 14,000 individual members and some 220 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to ensuring quality patient care. Visit http://www.himss.org/ for more information.

About Ascential Software

Ascential Software Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise data integration solutions to organizations worldwide. Customers use the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite to integrate and leverage data across all transactional, operational and analytical applications with confidence in the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of critical information. Ascential Software's powerful data profiling, data quality, data transformation, parallel processing, meta data and connectivity solutions enable customers to reduce total cost of ownership and increase return on IT investment. Headquartered in Westboro, Mass., Ascential Software has offices worldwide and supports more than 3,000 customers in such industries as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer goods, retail and government. More information on Ascential Software can be found on the Web at http://www.ascential.com/.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events, and these statements are subject to important factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release address a variety of subjects including, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance capabilities of Ascential Software's products and technology; results achievable and benefits attainable through deployment of Ascential Software's products; compliance with HIPAA standards; reduction of cost of ownership; and increased return on IT investment. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the ability of Ascential Software to expand its market share; growth rates for the enterprise data integration software market; general business conditions in the software industry, the technology sector, and in the domestic and international economies; rapid technological change in the markets served by Ascential Software; dependence on international operations; global and geopolitical instability; and difficulties that Ascential Software may experience integrating technologies, operations and personnel of completed or future acquisitions, including the recent acquisition of Mercator Software, Inc. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the filings made by Ascential Software with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Ascential Software disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in Ascential Software's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which such statements are based. Ascential is not responsible for statements attributed to third parties within this release or in any materials referenced herein.

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Ascential Software Corporation

CONTACT: Chas Kielt of Ascential Software Corporation, +1-508-366-3888,
ext. 3256, chas.kielt@ascential.com; or RJ Bardsley of Ascential Software
Corporation, +1-508-366-3888, ext. 3065, rj.bardsley@ascential.com; or Jeff
Aubin of Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, Inc., +1-603-559-5838,
jaubin@beaupre.com

Web site: http://www.ascentialsoftware.com/