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Mercury Unveils Mercury BTO Enterprise

  • 10 October, 2005 16:58

<p> Largest Product Launch in Mercury History
 Launches Industry’s First Integrated BTO Suite of Products and Services
 Introduces New Application Change and Performance Lifecycle Offerings
 Unveils Major New Versions of all Mercury Optimization Centers Across all Product Lines</p>
<p>Sydney – October 10, 2005 – Today Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQE), the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, announced Mercury BTO Enterprise™. Mercury BTO Enterprise is the industry’s first integrated suite of BTO offerings designed to help customers optimize the business outcomes of IT. As part of Mercury BTO Enterprise, Mercury announced new application change and performance lifecycle offerings and new versions of all Mercury Optimization Centers across all product lines.</p>
<p>“Over the last several years, Mercury has invested approximately half a billion US dollars in business technology optimization research and development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions – Mercury BTO Enterprise is the sum total of this investment,” said Graham Sowden, Managing Director of Mercury Australia. “We believe the new integrations and offerings will help our customers maximize the value of using our IT governance, application delivery and application management offerings together to produce high quality business outcomes from IT.”</p>
<p>The Mercury BTO Enterprise software suite is designed to help business and IT executives gain the control and visibility they need to deliver more consistent, predictable and measurable business outcomes from IT. Mercury BTO Enterprise can also help disparate IT teams such as program and portfolio managers, quality and performance assurance managers, business analysts, and IT operations teams to work in a more effective manner by integrating and automating key functions across IT governance, application delivery, and application management. Customers can also use Mercury BTO Enterprise to establish a lifecycle approach to control application changes from demand through production and manage application performance from testing through production.</p>
<p>“Mercury BTO Enterprise is the largest product launch in Mercury history,” said Yuval Scarlat, senior vice president of products at Mercury. “We are introducing more than 20 new product releases with multiple enhancements across all optimization centers. In addition, we are excited about our plans to deliver the new versions of Mercury Optimization Centers and the new application lifecycle offerings through Mercury Managed Services™ which will help decrease time-to-value for our customers’ IT initiatives.”</p>
<p>Mercury BTO Enterprise comprises new application change and performance lifecycle offerings as well as updates to Mercury IT Governance Center™, Mercury Quality Center™, Mercury Performance Center™, and Mercury Business Availability Center™. The new offerings in the Mercury BTO Enterprise include:</p>
<p> Mercury Application Change Lifecycle: an integrated offering that can help customers manage application changes from demand through production in order to mitigate the risk of changes disrupting business outcomes. This new offering can help automate the process of capturing change requests, assessing change impact, testing and deploying changes, and monitoring application changes in production. Mercury Application Change Lifecycle comprises integrations between Mercury IT Governance, Application Delivery, and Application Management software products and services.</p>
<p> Mercury Application Performance Lifecycle: an integrated offering that can help customers ensure that application performance will meet business requirements and help mitigate the risk and cost of application downtime. This offering can help customers test, diagnose and manage application performance from pre-production through production. This offering will enable customers to share assets, testing scripts, diagnostics information, and real-user production data between Mercury Performance Center, Mercury Diagnostics™, and Mercury Business Availability Center.</p>
<p> Mercury IT Governance Center 7.0: an integrated offering that helps customers gain visibility and control over the demands made of IT, manage the portfolio of IT projects, and ultimately help measure the business outcomes of strategic IT initiatives and investments.</p>
<p> Mercury Quality Center 8.2: an integrated offering that helps customers automate software quality management and testing across a wide range of application environments to help confirm that business-critical applications will function and deliver the required business outcomes.</p>
<p> Mercury Performance Center 8.1: an integrated offering that helps customers automate application performance testing and helps identify and resolve performance bottlenecks that could impair business results once applications are deployed.</p>
<p> Mercury Business Availability Center 6.0: an integrated offering that helps customers manage applications from a business perspective and helps identify and resolve problems in production before they impact business results.</p>
<p>“We see an increase in accountability for companies to arm both business and IT executives with the right solutions to ensure they can maximize the business results from their IT initiatives,” said Theresa Lanowitz, research director at Gartner, Inc. “Disparate IT groups such as non-technical experts, business analysts, quality managers, portfolio managers and IT operations teams need to work together in a unified and integrated fashion to produce more predictable business results from IT. Ultimately, companies will prioritize investments in the areas of IT that help them work on the right initiatives, ensure these initiatives will meet the business requirements and deliver the right business outcomes.”</p>
<p>Mercury BTO Enterprise Best Practices
As part of Mercury BTO Enterprise, Mercury is releasing new service best practices for IT governance, application delivery and application management. These include new IT infrastructure library (ITIL) best practices for incident management, expanded key performance indicators (KPI) and reporting practices for performance testing, new risk based testing services, and expanded IT governance requirements and roadmap planning services.</p>
<p>Mercury Managed Services
Mercury BTO Enterprise offerings will be available for delivery through Mercury Managed Services. Mercury Managed Services enables customers to use Mercury BTO Enterprise offerings as a hosted service through the Internet, without investing in any additional infrastructure. As part of the service, Mercury deploys a team of experts to help customers manage their business-critical IT initiatives. On average, Mercury Managed Services can help customers achieve initial time to value on their IT initiatives in weeks or even days.</p>
<p>Availability
Mercury BTO Enterprise offerings will be delivered as an in-house deployment or through Mercury Managed Services. Mercury BTO Enterprise comprises Mercury Application Change Management Lifecycle, Mercury Application Performance Lifecycle and all Mercury Optimization Centers including Mercury IT Governance Center, Mercury Quality Center, Mercury Performance Center, and Mercury Business Availability Center. The application lifecycle offerings are available with the Mercury Optimization Centers. Mercury IT Governance Center 7.0 is planned for release in December 2005. Mercury Quality Center 8.2 and Mercury Performance Center 8.1 are available today. Mercury Business Availability Center 6.0 is planned for release in November 2005. For more information, please visit www.mercury.com/us/products/bto-enterprise/.</p>

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