Rational's K2 Aims to Solve E-Software Paradox

SAN MATEO (05/02/2000) - Hoping to help software developers solve the "e-software paradox," Rational Software Corp. on Monday launched its new K2 product suite, which includes 12 new products for Web development, company officials said.

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Suite Products Eric Schurr said the new economy has created a dilemma for software developers and IT managers alike.

"The modern economy demands that people build software faster and faster to run their businesses," Schurr said. "And the modern economy also demands that the software be flawless."

The newest version of the Rational suite family, with its new products and enhancements to the Rational Unified Process, will help solve that paradox, he added.

Among the highlights of the new suite are a requirements framework for e-business, a UML (Unified Modeling Language) framework for n-tier Windows DNA applications, round trip engineering of visual models to XML/DTD code, and UML notation extension to EJBs (Enterprise JavaBeans), according to Schurr.

He also added that the entire family of suites is pre-tested and marketed all at once, instead of as separate suites, adding tremendous value to IT managers.

"None of those other vendors have tested their products together," Schurr claimed. "(With those products) the customers have to bear the burden of testing the software themselves."

"Releasing twelve products at the same time on the same set of CDs is a huge benefit for customers," he added.

Dick Heiman, a Framingham, Mass.-based analyst at International Data Corp.

(IDC), agreed that although the new products were significant, the true value of the suite family is in its all-in-one packaging and the consistency it offers.

"The important thing is the fact that they have all these pieces being released at the same time," Heiman said. "They can cover a wider range of tools than their competitors, and it stays consistent."

Pricing for the new set of suites starts at US$5,795 and will be available within 15 days, company officials said.

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