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Mercury Launches Industry's First Business Process Testing Software

  • 27 September, 2004 15:59

<p>New Product Unites Business and Quality Assurance Teams to Optimise Application Results</p>
<p>Sydney and Mountain View, Calif., — 27 SEPTEMBER, 2004 —Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ), the global leader in business technology optimisation (BTO), announced Mercury Business Process Testing™. Part of Mercury Quality Center™, Mercury Business Process Testing is the first application delivery product that was purpose-built to enable business people to validate the quality of automated business processes. This new Mercury software enables business process owners and designers to work in a unified manner with software quality assurance (QA) teams to test the functionality of mission-critical applications.</p>
<p>"Application quality is not an option, it is an imperative, especially during summer when our business peaks,” said John Reading, director of Oracle applications development at Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., the United States' largest privately-owned relocation company. “Mercury Business Process Testing enables our QA and business teams to operate as one, working to ensure that our critical business applications fully support the rapidly changing needs of the business.”</p>
<p>Mercury Business Process Testing enables QA teams and business experts to test more functionality in more applications earlier in the development cycle, by employing the right mix of technical skill and business expertise. Mercury’s unique component-based approach to test automation and auto-documentation enables customers to dramatically reduce test maintenance and documentation time and costs.</p>
<p>“Application testing is a responsibility shared across the entire application quality ecosystem,” said Theresa Lanowitz, research director at Gartner, Inc. “Accountability for application quality has escalated from the QA engineer to the CIO. CIOs need to unite the efforts of their QA and business experts to ensure that software meets the rapidly changing needs of the business to compete and respond to legislative and compliance pressures.”</p>
<p>Mercury Business Process testing is a part of the Mercury Quality Centre suite of software. It is built to work in conjunction with Mercury QuickTest Professional™ and Mercury WinRunner®. Mercury Business Process Testing provides a set of new features and functionality enabling business experts and QA engineers to;</p>
<p>• Create business processes tests with simple drag and drop capabilities;
• Construct test components and test cases with natural language script-less, “keyword-driven testing;”
• Reduce application delivery time by testing throughout the development cycle with a component-based approach;
• Build hundreds of different test cases by reusing and reordering individual test components;
• Provide global component access to distributed teams through central test component repository; and
• Document tests and correlate results through auto-documentation.</p>
<p>Mercury also announced its partner strategy for Mercury Business Process Testing by working with solution partners to build acceleration kits for leading ERP and CRM vendors such as Oracle, SAP, Siebel and PeopleSoft. Mercury Business Process Testing Accelerator for Oracle Applications 11i is available, providing Oracle customers with the ability to test patches, upgrades and new implementations.</p>
<p>“Mercury’s Business Process Testing is a game-changing product,” said Alan Fletcher, vice president of Oracle applications engineering. “We believe our mutual customers will use Mercury Business Process Testing to easily and cost effectively expand and maintain quality automation coverage of Oracle 11i rollouts, upgrades and on-going maintenance.”</p>
<p>“Having Mercury Business Process Testing Accelerator for Oracle Applications 11i is like having an extra team of developers dedicated to the testing team, which saves time and money from a personnel management perspective and speeds time to deployment for our applications,” continued Reading from Graebel.</p>
<p>For more than 15 years, Mercury has helped thousands of customers optimise application quality and performance. Gartner ranks Mercury as the market leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed Testing. According to IDC, Mercury is the undisputed leader in application delivery with more than 55 per cent market share, more than double its nearest competitor. Mercury Business Process Testing is currently available. For more information, please visit www.mercury.com/us/products/quality-center/.</p>
<p>ABOUT MERCURY QUALITY CENTRE</p>
<p>Mercury Quality Centre optimises the quality of applications, helping ensure that applications will meet the needs of the business prior to being released into production. Mercury Quality Centre includes an integrated suite of role-based applications, best-practices and an extensible foundation — all designed to optimise and automate key quality activities, including test management, requirements and defect tracking, functional testing, regression testing and business process testing.</p>
<p>ABOUT MERCURY</p>
<p>Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ), the global leader in business technology optimisation (BTO), is committed to helping customers optimise the business value of information technology. Founded in 1989, Mercury conducts business worldwide and is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today. Mercury provides software and services to govern the priorities, people and processes of IT; deliver and manage applications; and integrate IT strategy and execution. Customers worldwide rely on Mercury offerings to improve quality and performance of applications and manage IT costs, risks and compliance. Mercury BTO offerings are complemented by technologies and services from global business partners. For more information, please visit www.mercury.com.</p>
<p>FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS</p>
<p>This press release contains “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Mercury’s expected financial performance as well as Mercury’s future business and product and service offerings. Mercury’s actual product and service plans may differ materially from the forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Mercury. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: 1) intense competition for Mercury’s products and services; 2) the timing of the availability of Mercury products and product enhancements; 3) the failure of Mercury products and product enhancements to meet customers’ expectations, needs or perform as described; 4) the dependence of Mercury’s financial growth on the continued success and acceptance of its existing and new software products and services, and the success of its BTO strategy. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors can be found in Mercury’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including but not limited to Mercury’s Annual Report to Stockholders on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, which are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Mercury undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances.</p>
<p>Mercury, Mercury Business Process Testing, Mercury QuickTest Professional, Mercury WinRunner, Mercury Quality Centre, Mercury Interactive and the Mercury logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Mercury Interactive Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company, brand and product names are marks of their respective holders.</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:
Will McIntyre
T: +61 (0)2 9954 3299
Spectrum Communications
Willm@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>
<p>OR</p>
<p>Gabrielle Cichero
+61 (02) 8273 1905
Mercury
gabrielle.cichero@mercury.com</p>

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