Microsoft Great Plains Adopts Rational Software Tools For Next-Generation Development Efforts

Adds Rational Technology Into Developer Toolkit



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions

    FARGO, N.D., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Microsoft
 Great Plains Business Solutions today announced the adoption of Rational
 Software's (Nasdaq:   RATL) Rational Suite(TM) Enterprise, Rational
 ClearCase(R), and Rational ClearCase Multisite(R) as core components of its
 next-generation development efforts.  Microsoft Great Plains selected
 Rational's development tool technology to support its philosophy of
 extensible, customizable business solutions.
     Rational Suite Enterprise provides users with a complete software
 development solution, including requirements management, visual modeling,
 defect and change tracking, automated unit and system testing, and the
 Rational Unified Process(TM).  Rational Suite Enterprise integrates seamlessly
 with Rational ClearCase Multisite, Rational's configuration management
 solution, which helps distributed development teams work in parallel.
     In addition, Microsoft Great Plains added select Rational Visual Modeling,
 Automated Testing and Configuration Management technologies into its Developer
 Toolkit.  The Developer Toolkit includes Rational Rose(R), an object-oriented
 development environment, which enables direct access to both the data and
 object models of its products; Rational Robot, an object-oriented testing
 tool, which allows developers to create, modify and run automated functional
 and regression tests to improve quality assurance processes; and Rational
 ClearCase LT, a member of Rational's software configuration management product
 family that software teams use to accelerate team development and unify change
 management.  The inclusion of Rational's technology into the Developer Toolkit
 supports the introduction of next-generation products, customizations and
 extensions developed by Microsoft Great Plains partners and customers.
     "Rational Software's tools have enabled us to accelerate our development
 cycle and to deliver a platform upon which our partners and customers will be
 able to both extend and enhance our expansive product offerings," said Darren
 Laybourn, executive vice president of products for Microsoft Great Plains.
 "We're very excited about our ability to deliver on our plans going forward."
     "We're very pleased to work with Microsoft Great Plains and enhance its
 unique development strategy of delivering customizable business management
 solutions while enabling long-term support for software upgrades without
 significant change or cost," said Eric Schurr, senior vice president of
 Marketing for Rational Software.  "The combination of our team-based
 enterprise development tools with Microsoft Great Plains business solutions
 allow partners and customers to quickly adapt and extend their solutions to
 fit their specific business needs."
     The Developer Toolkit combines Visual Modeling, Automated Testing and
 Configuration Management technologies from Rational Software with Microsoft
 Great Plains' Data Models, Microsoft Great Plains' Object Models, and the
 Microsoft(R) Visual Studio(R) development system.  The Developer Toolkit is
 immediately available to authorized tools partners with pricing starting at
 $7,500 for a two-seat developer pack.
     Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and
 mid-sized companies become more agile in today's interconnected economy by
 extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors
 and partners.  The business applications automate end-to-end business
 processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic
 commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management,
 business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and
 support.  More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great
 Plains can be found at http://www.greatplains.com/ or at
 http://microsoft.com/business/greatplains/.
 
     Microsoft and Visual Studio are either registered trademarks or trademarks
 of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions
    FARGO, N.D., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Microsoft
 Great Plains Business Solutions today announced the adoption of Rational
 Software's (Nasdaq:   RATL) Rational Suite(TM) Enterprise, Rational
 ClearCase(R), and Rational ClearCase Multisite(R) as core components of its
 next-generation development efforts.  Microsoft Great Plains selected
 Rational's development tool technology to support its philosophy of
 extensible, customizable business solutions.
     Rational Suite Enterprise provides users with a complete software
 development solution, including requirements management, visual modeling,
 defect and change tracking, automated unit and system testing, and the
 Rational Unified Process(TM).  Rational Suite Enterprise integrates seamlessly
 with Rational ClearCase Multisite, Rational's configuration management
 solution, which helps distributed development teams work in parallel.
     In addition, Microsoft Great Plains added select Rational Visual Modeling,
 Automated Testing and Configuration Management technologies into its Developer
 Toolkit.  The Developer Toolkit includes Rational Rose(R), an object-oriented
 development environment, which enables direct access to both the data and
 object models of its products; Rational Robot, an object-oriented testing
 tool, which allows developers to create, modify and run automated functional
 and regression tests to improve quality assurance processes; and Rational
 ClearCase LT, a member of Rational's software configuration management product
 family that software teams use to accelerate team development and unify change
 management.  The inclusion of Rational's technology into the Developer Toolkit
 supports the introduction of next-generation products, customizations and
 extensions developed by Microsoft Great Plains partners and customers.
     "Rational Software's tools have enabled us to accelerate our development
 cycle and to deliver a platform upon which our partners and customers will be
 able to both extend and enhance our expansive product offerings," said Darren
 Laybourn, executive vice president of products for Microsoft Great Plains.
 "We're very excited about our ability to deliver on our plans going forward."
     "We're very pleased to work with Microsoft Great Plains and enhance its
 unique development strategy of delivering customizable business management
 solutions while enabling long-term support for software upgrades without
 significant change or cost," said Eric Schurr, senior vice president of
 Marketing for Rational Software.  "The combination of our team-based
 enterprise development tools with Microsoft Great Plains business solutions
 allow partners and customers to quickly adapt and extend their solutions to
 fit their specific business needs."
     The Developer Toolkit combines Visual Modeling, Automated Testing and
 Configuration Management technologies from Rational Software with Microsoft
 Great Plains' Data Models, Microsoft Great Plains' Object Models, and the
 Microsoft(R) Visual Studio(R) development system.  The Developer Toolkit is
 immediately available to authorized tools partners with pricing starting at
 $7,500 for a two-seat developer pack.
     Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and
 mid-sized companies become more agile in today's interconnected economy by
 extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors
 and partners.  The business applications automate end-to-end business
 processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic
 commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management,
 business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and
 support.  More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great
 Plains can be found at http://www.greatplains.com/ or at
 http://microsoft.com/business/greatplains/.
 
     Microsoft and Visual Studio are either registered trademarks or trademarks
 of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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