Rational Suite to Ease Web Development

SAN MATEO (05/08/2000) - Hoping to help software developers solve what it terms the "e-software paradox," Rational Software Corp. last week launched a new version of its K2 product suite family, which includes 12 products for Web development. The paradox to which the company refers is that the Internet requires ever-higher software standards out of a shorter development cycle.

"The modern economy demands that people build software faster and faster to run their businesses," said Eric Schurr, Rational's senior vice president of marketing and suite products. "And the modern economy also demands that the software be flawless."

Among the highlights of the new suites are a requirements framework for e-business, a UML (Unified Modeling Language) framework for n-tier Windows Distributed interNet Architecture (DNA) applications, round-trip engineering -- modeling, generating, and reverse engineering -- of visual models to XML/DTD code, and UML notation extension to Enterprise JavaBeans, Schurr said.

Schurr also added that the suite set is pretested and marketed all at once instead of as separate suites, adding a tremendous value for IT managers.

Dick Heiman, a Framingham, Massachusetts-based analyst at IDC, agreed that 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 suite family, available in mid-May, will start at $5,795.

Rational Software Corp., in Cupertino, Calif., is at www.rational.com.

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