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Integrated business technology optimization (BTO) offerings suite, Mercury Quality Center(TM) v9.0, automates software quality management and functional testing across range of application environments and provides visibility into QA projects. Users may manage impact of changes to SAP® application deployments as well as enable collaboration between developers and QA professionals on software-defect and quality initiatives through integration into Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System.

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Mercury Unveils Mercury Quality Center 9.0

- Introduces New Capabilities for SAP(R) Application and SOA Testing

- Adds New Functionality for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 3 / -- Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation , the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, unveiled a major new version of Mercury Quality Center(TM), a strategic part of Mercury BTO Enterprise(TM). Mercury BTO Enterprise is the industry's first integrated suite of BTO offerings designed to help customers optimize the business outcomes of IT. Mercury Quality Center is Mercury's optimization center that allows customers to automate software quality management and functional testing across a wide range of application environments, gain visibility into quality assurance (QA) projects, and align the priorities of quality assurance professionals with business requirements.

The new Mercury Quality Center 9.0 addresses strategic quality issues, helping customers to:

-- Automate the functional testing of service-based applications, including service oriented architectures (SOA) and Web Services with new capabilities in Mercury QuickTest Professional(TM) to identify and test the services to make sure they are functioning properly;

-- Manage the impact of changes to SAP(R) application deployments with new capabilities in Mercury TestDirector(TM) and Mercury Business Process Testing(TM) that automatically identify test cases to be updated or executed to validate changes to SAP application deployments;

-- Optimize quality within strategic sourcing environments using new enhancements to Mercury Business Process Testing that enable subject matter experts to easily define manual or automated test cases to simplify the execution of tests by globally distributed testing organizations;

-- Enable collaboration between developers and quality assurance professionals on software-defect and quality initiatives through a new integration into Microsoft(R) Visual Studio(R) Team System; and

-- Manage requirements through new capabilities in Mercury TestDirector that allow business analysts and subject matter experts to easily track business requirements and the impact of quality on the needs of the business.

"The need to drive and control the software quality process has never been higher, given global competitive pressures, complex sourcing and emerging technologies (such as SOA), regulatory compliance and the inherent business risks and dependencies associated with mission-critical applications," said Melinda Ballou, program director for Application Life Cycle Management at IDC, a global advisory services and market intelligence provider. "We see companies investing in quality platforms that help ensure their mission-critical applications deliver the right business results and improve overall quality management in these challenging environments."

"Organizations are standardizing on Mercury Quality Center for strategic quality initiatives to optimize the application delivery process and ensure application quality and performance," said Rajesh Radhakrishnan, vice president of application delivery products at Mercury. "The new version of Mercury Quality Center will help customers mitigate the time, costs and risks inherent in deploying increasingly complex technologies and managing globally distributed testing organizations."

Mercury Quality Center 9.0 is available today and is delivered as an in-house deployment or through Mercury Managed Services. For more information, please visit

Mercury Application Delivery Leadership

For the past 15 years, Mercury has helped thousands of customers optimize application quality and performance. According to IDC, Mercury is "the uncontested leader" in the distributed Automated Software Quality market with more than 58 percent market share, nearly three times that of any other vendor(1). Mercury is positioned in the leader quadrant in Gartner Inc.'s "Application Quality Ecosystem, 2005: Leaders and Challengers.(2)"


Mercury and SAP have worked together since the mid-1990s. As an SAP Software Partner, Mercury has developed a set of BTO software offerings specifically designed to help optimize the quality, performance and scalability of SAP solutions. Many Mercury products have been integration certified by SAP, which helps assure customers that the interfaces between Mercury products and SAP solutions are reliable and seamless. In February 2005, Mercury announced a multi-year commitment with SAP AG to offer Mercury LoadRunner(R), the industry's leading performance optimization product, as part of the SAP Going-Live(TM) Check service for customers using the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform. In addition, SAP resells Mercury LoadRunner, under the brand, SAP(R) LoadRunner(TM) by Mercury.


Mercury's relationship with Microsoft spans nearly a decade, and includes joint development and marketing initiatives. Mercury is Gold Certified Microsoft Partner. Mercury's BTO software is tightly integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, and Microsoft .NET Framework.


Mercury Interactive Corporation, the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, is committed to helping customers optimize the business value of information technology. Founded in 1989, Mercury conducts business worldwide and is one of the largest enterprise software companies today. Mercury provides software and services for IT Governance, Application Delivery, and Application Management. Customers worldwide rely on Mercury offerings to govern the priorities, processes and people of IT and test and manage the quality and performance of business-critical applications. Mercury BTO offerings are complemented by technologies and services from global business partners. For more information, please visit

NOTE: Mercury, Mercury Quality Center, Mercury Performance Center, Mercury BTO Enterprise, Mercury Business Process Testing, Mercury QuickTest Professional, Mercury TestDirector, Mercury Managed Services, Mercury LoadRunner and the Mercury logo are trademarks of Mercury Interactive Corporation and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.

SAP, SAP NetWeaver and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world.

Microsoft and Visual Studio are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

(1) IDC Worldwide Distributed Automated Software Quality Tools 2005-2009 Forecast and 2004 Vendor Shares, July 26, 2005 ID 33771

(2) Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Quality Ecosystem, 2005: Leaders and Challengers; March 8, 2005 ID G00124029

CONTACT: Heather Sieberg of Mercury, +1-650-603-5104, or; or Elizabeth Crosta of Ogilvy Public Relations, +1-415-677-2800, or, for Mercury

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