Rational's Testing Solutions Honored With Multiple Awards

9/24/2002 - Rational Software announced that Windows & .NET Magazine has honored Rational Suite® TestStudio® with the Readers' Choice Award for Best Testing/Debugging Software. In addition, Rational® Robot was named the Best Functional Test Automation Tool by Yphise, a leading analyst firm providing independent assessments of software products.

Rational Suite TestStudio won the Windows & .NET Magazine award over products from Compuware Corp., Mercury Interactive Corp., Mutek Solutions and Quest Software Inc. Technology vendors were invited to nominate their products for inclusion on the Readers’ Choice ballot. Readers were asked to vote their preferences in 16 broad technology categories and on nearly 90 technology products.

The most recent version of Rational Suite TestStudio, released in June 2002, includes ScriptAssure, an industry-first capability that produces resilient test scripts for testing Java- and Web-based business applications. This version of Rational Suite TestStudio also adds Java as a scripting language, which allows testers to collaborate with developers to create powerful test suites. In addition, Rational Suite TestStudio includes IBM WebSphere Studio Workbench, a full-function Java IDE built on Eclipse technology that integrates with IBM's WebSphere Studio products.

"We know that peer recommendations are important to our readership," said Dave Bernard, custom media editorial director at Windows & .NET Magazine. "The first annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards were developed as a way for readers to choose and recommend the best technology products in the industry. Receiving this award is an industry seal of approval."

Rational Robot was honored with the Yphise award after undergoing a comprehensive assessment based on Yphise's ISO-9001-certified methodology. When comparing Rational Robot to Segue's SilkTest, Mercury's WinRunner, Compuware's QARun and AutoTester, Yphise noted that Rational Robot stood out in the following areas:

"The complexity of today's applications need automated functional testing capabilities to guarantee sufficient coverage and productivity," explains Xavier Benmoussa, analyst at Yphise. "With no need for any other complementary testing tool, as is the case with other products evaluated, Rational Robot enables customers to compare test results from one version to a previous one because of its capacity to collect testing information and statistics on successive versions of an application."

"We are thrilled that Rational's testing solutions were honored with these awards," said Eric Schurr, chief marketing officer at Rational Software. "Rational Suite TestStudio and Rational Robot liberate development teams from time-consuming manual tasks by automating testing throughout the development process. These awards reinforce the fact that testers and developers regard Rational as the leader in the testing space."

Demonstrations of Rational's testing tools will be held in booth No. 28 at the Software Test Automation Conference & Expo, being held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Sept. 24–27.

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About Yphise
Yphise is committed to providing the best in-depth and independent software product assessments for large companies. Yphise assesses over 160 software products each year in all areas of interest for large companies to develop, operate and maintain the information systems that they need to compete. Each software product assessment is conducted according to Yphise ISO 9001-certified methodology. Large companies worldwide have made thousands of software selection decisions based on Yphise expertise. Assessment results are available at Yphise.com SoftAssessment Portal, based on various license options.

Since 1985 in Europe and 1998 in North America, Yphise has been committed to providing the most relevant and accurate advice to assist large companies in embracing information management change to increase business value. Yphise clients include over 900 major companies worldwide from all sectors. Yphise advises IT consultants in selecting their partnerships and choosing the best software to recommend and use in each mission. Yphise advises software vendors and investors in strategy development.

About Rational Software Corporation
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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