July 26, 2001

NetIQ Named to 19th Annual Software 500

Software Magazine Ranks NetIQ 158th and WebTrends 208th in Its Survey of the World's Largest Software Companies


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corporation (NASDAQ: NTIQ), a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions, today announced its ranking on the Software 500, Software Magazine's list of the world's foremost software and services providers. NetIQ was ranked 158th with software revenue of $101.4 million. In addition, WebTrends, which completed its merger with NetIQ in March 2001, was ranked 208th with software revenue of $61.3 million.

Featured in the publication's June/July 2001 issue, this year's Software 500 is based on 2000 calendar year financial information gathered from Software Magazine's vendor survey, public documents and industry analysts.

"Our ranking among the top software vendors in the world really validates the outstanding growth that NetIQ and WebTrends, two proven leaders in the industry, have seen in the past year," said Ching-Fa Hwang, chief executive officer at NetIQ. "We are striving to continue that success by expanding our area of expertise and product offerings through our merger with WebTrends, to provide solutions that increase return on investment and ease the management of all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure."

Software Magazine's annual compendium listing of software and services suppliers catalogs the ranking, financial performance and growth, and primary business sector for each company as well as trend information for the Software 500 as a whole. The Software 500 looks at the enterprise software landscape, encompassing both public and private companies that develop business software and services. The ranking is based on total worldwide software and services revenue for 2000.

A complete list of this year's Software 500 financial ranking and alphabetical list can be found at www.softwaremag.com.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence for all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure—from back-end servers, networks and directories to front-end web servers and applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's web site atwww.netiq.com or call (408) 856-3000.

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