Rational Suite TestStudio Adopted by IBM Solution Partnership Centers

Independent Software Vendors to Benefit from Enhanced Performance Testing



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rational Software Corporation

    LEXINGTON, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Rational Software Corporation
 (Nasdaq: RATL), the e-development company, today announced that Rational
 Suite(R) TestStudio(TM) has been adopted by IBM Solution Partnership Centers
 (SPC).
     This initiative will help support the software development needs of
 independent software vendors (ISVs) using IBM Solution Partnership Centers by
 offering performance testing throughout each stage of the development process.
 For ISVs, this will enhance the quality and shorten the time to market of
 their products, offering significant benefits to their customers.  IBM
 customers will benefit from the knowledge that these ISV products have been
 rigorously tested to perform well in their mission-critical enterprise
 environments, speeding the realization of benefits for their business.
     IBM Solution Partnership Centers help port, enable, test, and market ISV
 applications running on all IBM platforms--whether porting to the IBM eServer*
 iSeries**, zSeries** or pSeries**, testing on IBM eServers* xSeries**, or
 simply investigating new IBM tools, middleware and technologies.  From the
 test scripts produced using Rational Suite TestStudio, the SPCs will help
 users execute performance tests of applications running on IBM hardware
 solutions and deliver the desired performance results.
     Rational Suite TestStudio offers users an integrated set of automated
 testing tools for accurate functional, reliability, and performance testing.
 It includes Rational's complete set of tools for automated testing and defect
 tracking and the Rational Suite Team Unifying Platform, which provides a
 shared foundation for development success by providing common access to
 development roadmaps, requirements, test assets, defects and change requests.
 Rational Suite TestStudio provides a complete testing solution for all
 development projects.
     "Many software developers don't realize the benefits of performance
 testing during each phase of development until it is too late," said David
 Abelow, director, Segment and Alliance Marketing for Rational.  "Today's
 announcement reiterates the importance of performance testing and we are
 excited that IBM chose Rational Suite TestStudio to help ISVs test their
 products.  We believe that using Rational's testing products throughout the
 development process will provide a tremendous benefit to the ISVs' customers
 by improving the quality and shortening the deployment cycles of the products
 upon which they depend."
     "With Rational Suite TestStudio, we are able to help ISVs conduct
 extensive performance tests throughout the development process," said Todd
 Chase, Program Director, IBM Solution Partnership Centers.  "We are
 continually looking for new ways to incorporate leading technologies in our
 offerings and helping ISVs accelerate their product development cycles.
 Rational is helping us to do just that."
     Under the terms of the agreement, Rational will provide IBM Solution
 Partnership Centers with the Rational Suite TestStudio product, as well as
 technical support, expertise and training.  IBM Solution Partnership Center
 professionals will be trained on Rational Suite TestStudio in order to help
 ISVs better understand the performance and scalability of their applications.
 IBM Solution Partnership Centers will also promote Rational Suite TestStudio
 as a dependable load testing option for ISVs that do not currently have their
 own load testing solution.
     There are currently 15 SPC locations around the world.  ISVs have already
 utilized Rational Suite TestStudio at SPCs in Waltham, Mass.; San Mateo,
 Calif.; and Hursley, England.  Additional information about IBM Solution
 Partnership Centers is available on the Internet at
 http://www.developer.ibm.com/spc/index.html.
     "Rational and IBM have always understood the needs of software developers
 and both companies have consistently delivered products and services to
 address these needs," said Tim Kan, Chief Technology Officer of Envision, a
 premier IT consulting and placement firm.  "Now that IBM's Solution
 Partnership Centers offer Rational Suite TestStudio, companies like ours can
 be much more productive in a shorter period of time, which results in
 minimizing risks and maximizing impact for our clients."
 
     About IBM PartnerWorld for Developers
     Software application developers receive support from IBM's PartnerWorld
 for Developers (www.developer.ibm.com) -- a worldwide program designed to help
 software developers reach broader markets, lower their costs of doing
 business, and take their products to market faster.  Rational is a Premier
 level member of PartnerWorld for Developers.
 
     About Rational Software Corporation
     Rational Software Corporation (Nasdaq: RATL), the e-development company,
 helps organizations develop and deploy software for e-business,
 infrastructure, and devices and embedded systems through a combination of
 tools, services and software engineering best practices.  Rational's e-
 development solution helps organizations overcome the software development
 paradox by accelerating time to market while improving quality.  Rational's
 integrated solution simplifies the process of acquiring, deploying and
 supporting a comprehensive software development platform, reducing total cost
 of ownership.  IDC has recognized Rational as the revenue leader in multiple
 application development and deployment markets for four years in a row.
 Founded in 1981, Rational, one of the world's largest software companies, had
 revenues of $754 million in its twelve months ended December, 2000 and employs
 more than 4,000 people around the world.  Rational is a component of the
 Nasdaq-100 Index(R).  Additional information is available on the Internet at
 www.rational.com.
 
     * Denotes a trademark of the IBM Corporation. The IBM eServer brand
 consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive
 term "server" following it.
 
     ** The IBM e-business logo, pSeries, xSeries, iSeries and zSeries are all
 trademarks of IBM Corporation.  All others are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE Rational Software Corporation
    LEXINGTON, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Rational Software Corporation
 (Nasdaq: RATL), the e-development company, today announced that Rational
 Suite(R) TestStudio(TM) has been adopted by IBM Solution Partnership Centers
 (SPC).
     This initiative will help support the software development needs of
 independent software vendors (ISVs) using IBM Solution Partnership Centers by
 offering performance testing throughout each stage of the development process.
 For ISVs, this will enhance the quality and shorten the time to market of
 their products, offering significant benefits to their customers.  IBM
 customers will benefit from the knowledge that these ISV products have been
 rigorously tested to perform well in their mission-critical enterprise
 environments, speeding the realization of benefits for their business.
     IBM Solution Partnership Centers help port, enable, test, and market ISV
 applications running on all IBM platforms--whether porting to the IBM eServer*
 iSeries**, zSeries** or pSeries**, testing on IBM eServers* xSeries**, or
 simply investigating new IBM tools, middleware and technologies.  From the
 test scripts produced using Rational Suite TestStudio, the SPCs will help
 users execute performance tests of applications running on IBM hardware
 solutions and deliver the desired performance results.
     Rational Suite TestStudio offers users an integrated set of automated
 testing tools for accurate functional, reliability, and performance testing.
 It includes Rational's complete set of tools for automated testing and defect
 tracking and the Rational Suite Team Unifying Platform, which provides a
 shared foundation for development success by providing common access to
 development roadmaps, requirements, test assets, defects and change requests.
 Rational Suite TestStudio provides a complete testing solution for all
 development projects.
     "Many software developers don't realize the benefits of performance
 testing during each phase of development until it is too late," said David
 Abelow, director, Segment and Alliance Marketing for Rational.  "Today's
 announcement reiterates the importance of performance testing and we are
 excited that IBM chose Rational Suite TestStudio to help ISVs test their
 products.  We believe that using Rational's testing products throughout the
 development process will provide a tremendous benefit to the ISVs' customers
 by improving the quality and shortening the deployment cycles of the products
 upon which they depend."
     "With Rational Suite TestStudio, we are able to help ISVs conduct
 extensive performance tests throughout the development process," said Todd
 Chase, Program Director, IBM Solution Partnership Centers.  "We are
 continually looking for new ways to incorporate leading technologies in our
 offerings and helping ISVs accelerate their product development cycles.
 Rational is helping us to do just that."
     Under the terms of the agreement, Rational will provide IBM Solution
 Partnership Centers with the Rational Suite TestStudio product, as well as
 technical support, expertise and training.  IBM Solution Partnership Center
 professionals will be trained on Rational Suite TestStudio in order to help
 ISVs better understand the performance and scalability of their applications.
 IBM Solution Partnership Centers will also promote Rational Suite TestStudio
 as a dependable load testing option for ISVs that do not currently have their
 own load testing solution.
     There are currently 15 SPC locations around the world.  ISVs have already
 utilized Rational Suite TestStudio at SPCs in Waltham, Mass.; San Mateo,
 Calif.; and Hursley, England.  Additional information about IBM Solution
 Partnership Centers is available on the Internet at
 http://www.developer.ibm.com/spc/index.html.
     "Rational and IBM have always understood the needs of software developers
 and both companies have consistently delivered products and services to
 address these needs," said Tim Kan, Chief Technology Officer of Envision, a
 premier IT consulting and placement firm.  "Now that IBM's Solution
 Partnership Centers offer Rational Suite TestStudio, companies like ours can
 be much more productive in a shorter period of time, which results in
 minimizing risks and maximizing impact for our clients."
 
     About IBM PartnerWorld for Developers
     Software application developers receive support from IBM's PartnerWorld
 for Developers (www.developer.ibm.com) -- a worldwide program designed to help
 software developers reach broader markets, lower their costs of doing
 business, and take their products to market faster.  Rational is a Premier
 level member of PartnerWorld for Developers.
 
     About Rational Software Corporation
     Rational Software Corporation (Nasdaq: RATL), the e-development company,
 helps organizations develop and deploy software for e-business,
 infrastructure, and devices and embedded systems through a combination of
 tools, services and software engineering best practices.  Rational's e-
 development solution helps organizations overcome the software development
 paradox by accelerating time to market while improving quality.  Rational's
 integrated solution simplifies the process of acquiring, deploying and
 supporting a comprehensive software development platform, reducing total cost
 of ownership.  IDC has recognized Rational as the revenue leader in multiple
 application development and deployment markets for four years in a row.
 Founded in 1981, Rational, one of the world's largest software companies, had
 revenues of $754 million in its twelve months ended December, 2000 and employs
 more than 4,000 people around the world.  Rational is a component of the
 Nasdaq-100 Index(R).  Additional information is available on the Internet at
 www.rational.com.
 
     * Denotes a trademark of the IBM Corporation. The IBM eServer brand
 consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive
 term "server" following it.
 
     ** The IBM e-business logo, pSeries, xSeries, iSeries and zSeries are all
 trademarks of IBM Corporation.  All others are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 SOURCE  Rational Software Corporation

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