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  • 18 June, 2003 08:53

<p>Optane Application Delivery and Management Software For SAP Solutions Improves Performance and Quality, Lowers Costs</p>
<p>ORLANDO, FLA. – JUNE 17, 2003 – Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ) announced availability of Optane for SAP solutions, a family of products designed to optimize the performance of the SAP NetWeaver™ integration and application platform, including SAP R/3® Release 4.7 and SAP GUI 6.20 for HTML and Windows.</p>
<p>Optane is a family of application delivery and management software products for SAP solutions that improves application performance and quality, while lowering the costs and time frames required to deploy, manage and support SAP applications.</p>
<p>“Optane for SAP solutions will help SAP customers efficiently deliver and manage their SAP solutions, while reducing their overall costs and time to market,” said Yuval Scarlat, vice president and general manager at Mercury Interactive.</p>
<p>“Nowhere is business technology optimization more critical than during the implementation or upgrade of a business-critical solution like those from SAP -- especially as enterprises expand their use of Web-based applications and expose ERP application functionality to business partners and customers,” said Michael Dominy, senior analyst at the Yankee Group. “Enterprises can reduce the total cost of a SAP solution implementation or upgrade by 10 to 20 percent through a BTO strategy that includes system testing, deployment, and performance management focused on user experience within key business processes.”</p>
Optane is a family of products that measures and manages business process quality in all phases of application delivery and management to improve application performance. In Optane for SAP solutions, this includes the following:
· Testing application functionality, and load testing of large-scale applications in the quality assurance stage;
· Validating infrastructure, configuration tuning, capacity assessment and planning in the deployment stage; and,
· Rapid identification and resolution of business process performance issues, and service-level agreement (SLA) management in the production stage.</p>
<p>Customers such as Air Products, the largest global supplier of electronic materials, hydrogen, helium and select performance chemicals, use Optane products to optimize their SAP applications. According to Duane Fisher, QA manager, SAP Support and Competency at Air Products, “Mercury Interactive's software has helped ensure the smooth implementation of the mySAPÔ Enterprise Portal and enabled us to obtain the performance and scalability required to meet end-user service-level agreements when going live.”</p>
<p>Mercury Interactive and SAP collaborate to create pre-configured re-usable test script templates, best practice guides, and customized versions of the Optane family of products specifically designed to help improve performance and reduce total cost of ownership of SAP solutions. Optane allows IT teams to start small at any point in the application delivery and management process, produce a return, and expand incrementally over time through the use of shared assets.</p>
The Optane product family is Mercury Interactive's family of quality testing, deployment and performance management software. Optane provides technology professionals with a comprehensive approach for measuring, maximizing and managing performance and quality across all stages of the application lifecycle. Comprising three product lines that share common assets, metrics and reusable scripts, the Optane family enables the application of business technology optimization (BTO) principles to reduce costs and increase application effectiveness.</p>
Optane for SAP solutions is available now. Customers can begin with the Optane management software for SAP solutions for in-production systems, the Optane delivery software for SAP solutions for pre-production, or they can purchase the complete Optane family. Pricing depends on the configuration chosen.</p>
Mercury Interactive, the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO), delivers Optane, a family of products for application delivery and management, that enables customers to optimize business processes and maximize business results. Customers worldwide use Mercury Interactive’s Optane to improve quality and performance, reduce costs, and align IT with business goals.</p>
<p>Founded in 1989, Mercury Interactive is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices in more than 25 countries. Further information is available at The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol MERQ.</p>
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For further information please contact:
Gabrielle Cichero Mercury Interactive (02) 8273-1999
Shuna Boyd BoydPR (02) 9418 8100</p>

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