Rational User Conference 2002 Spotlights Innovation and Creativity

8/23/2002 - Rational Software announced that approximately 2,000 people from around the world attended the Rational User Conference 2002 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The conference, with the theme "Freedom to Create," offered more than 200 technical sessions in 10 tracks addressing all stages of the development life cycle. The sessions were led by Rational customers, engineers, industry experts and partners, including IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. Approximately 2,000 attendees participated at this year's conference, matching the attendance at last year's conference in Denver. This year, more than 20 percent of attendees were from outside the United States.

Rational CEO Mike Devlin delivered Monday's opening keynote presentation, titled "Freedom to Create: Developing Imagination Into Innovation." Rational President Tom Bogan hosted Tuesday's Customer Success Keynote, "Enabling Innovation," which featured success stories from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, CCC Information Services Inc., Merrill Lynch and Co. Inc. and Unisys Corp., each sharing their experiences using Rational's solutions.

Conference participants enhanced their learning experience at the Rational User Conference 2002 by attending Rational University training courses, participating in hands-on workshops featuring Rational Suite® solutions and the new Rational® XDETM product line, as well as by utilizing the Rational Developer NetworkSM. The Rational Developer Network also will offer track-specific technical information and feature articles after the conference.

"The Rational User Conference is truly a unique event that brings together a collection of the brightest minds and most creative thinkers from throughout the software development industry," said Eric Schurr, chief marketing officer, Rational Software. "Even in this challenging economic environment, our attendance numbers were the same as last year. We're very much encouraged by the impressive turnout at this year's conference and believe it underscores the value our users get from attending."

About Rational Software (www.rational.com)
Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects. This integrated, full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services. Ninety-eight of the Fortune 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster. This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500 complementary products and services. Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the world's largest software companies, with revenues of $666.4 million in its twelve months ended June 30, 2002, and over 3,500 employees worldwide. Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index®.

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