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Ariba Standardizes on Mercury Interactive's Performance Management Solutions To Verify Reliability, Scalability of Ariba Buyer 7.0.

Market Leaders Team to Develop Industry's First Integrated Testing

And Monitoring Solutions for Ariba Applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Mercury Interactive Corp. (Nasdaq: MERQ), the world's leading provider of Web performance management solutions, today announced that Ariba Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform provider has standardized on Mercury Interactive's Web performance management solutions for internal performance testing and benchmarking of its newly released Ariba Buyer 7.0 eCommerce solution.

In addition, Ariba is working with Mercury Interactive to develop the industry's first performance monitors specifically designed to test and monitor Ariba Buyer 7.0 with LoadRunner(R), the industry's leading load testing solution, and Topaz(R), Mercury Interactive's performance monitoring solution. These monitors, available in October, will enable Ariba customers to verify performance, reliability and scalability of Ariba Buyer, and to optimize application performance both in pre-deployment and production. As a service to Ariba partners and customers, Mercury Interactive will also provide testing best practice information which will be made available via AribaLive(TM), a web-based implementation methodology and knowledge repository used by implementers of Ariba products.

"Mercury Interactive clearly has a deep understanding of the importance of a successful Web infrastructure and e-business application capabilities," said Chris Abate, director of alliances and business development at Ariba. "Mercury Interactive's Web performance management solutions give us an edge in competitive markets by allowing us to deliver high quality full-featured B2B products as quickly as possible. Thorough testing of Ariba Buyer 7.0 has helped us cut costs without compromising product quality, so that we can remain responsive to customers who are expanding Web-based business operations."

"In a world where reliable e-business applications are beyond mission-critical, Ariba is demonstrating their desire to deliver bullet-proof applications to their customers," said Zohar Gilad, vice president of product marketing at Mercury Interactive. "Mercury Interactive's Web performance management solutions give Ariba the ability to ensure that Ariba Buyer 7.0 will work exactly as expected. This approach to performance management will allow Ariba to continually meet customers' evolving business needs while maintaining a very high standard of reliability."

For in-house performance management, Ariba uses Mercury Interactive's LoadRunner, for load testing, WinRunner(R), for functional testing, and TestDirector(R), for test management, to demonstrate performance, scalability, and reliability of its Ariba Buyer application. Ariba Buyer enables companies to electronically aggregate corporate purchasing from each employee desktop and direct spending to preferred suppliers and B2B marketplaces, resulting in higher-volume pricing. It also manages internal corporate processes such as time and expenses. The companies' joint solution for testing Ariba applications will help mutual customers test the performance and scalability characteristics of this business-critical Web application.

About Ariba

Ariba, Inc. is the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform provider. Through the Ariba B2B Platform -- an open, end-to-end infrastructure of interoperable software solutions and hosted Web-based commerce services -- the company enables efficient online trade, integration and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce service providers. The global reach and best-of-breed functionality of the Ariba B2B Platform creates Internet-driven economies of scale and process efficiencies for leading companies around the world. Ariba can be contacted in the US at 650-930-6200 or at www.ariba.com.

Mercury Interactive Corporation

Mercury Interactive is the leading provider of Web performance management solutions that help e-businesses deliver a positive user experience. Mercury Interactive solutions turn Web application performance, scalability and user experience into competitive advantage. The company's performance management products and hosted services are open and integrated to best test and monitor business-critical Web applications.

More than 10,000 business-to-business and business to consumer e-businesses, Internet Service Providers, Applications Service Providers, systems integrators, consultants, and other customers use Mercury Interactive solutions.

Mercury Interactive is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has 40 offices worldwide. The company can be reached at www.mercuryinteractive.com or by phone at U.S. 408-822-5200.

NOTE: LoadRunner, WinRunner, TestDirector, and Topaz are registered trademarks of Mercury Interactive Corporation, Sunnyvale, California. Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba Inc. Ariba Buyer is a trademark of Ariba Inc. Product and company names are used herein for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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