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Compuware Announces Next Generation Automated Testing Solution for Web and Distributed Applications.

Compuware TestPartner Provides Advanced Test Automation

To Accelerate Testing and Improve the Reliability of E-Commerce Applications

ORLANDO, Fla., June 5 /PRNewswire/ --

Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq: CPWR) today announced at the Microsoft Tech*Ed Conference (Booth #0236) its new TestPartner functional test automation tool. TestPartner was developed from the ground up to support distributed and web-based applications. Designed for both developers and testers, TestPartner is the first testing tool to provide a complete test automation infrastructure that can be extended with Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

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"The e-business economy is driving unprecedented demand for feature-rich, reliable software delivered in ever diminishing development cycles," said Dick Heiman, Research Director at IDC. "As a leading provider of automated software quality solutions, Compuware has the range of expertise to address this challenge."

TestPartner features a tiered approach for developing test scripts. Testers who do not have programming knowledge can use the TestPartner Visual Navigator to quickly create visual-based tests and execute them. Underlying the Visual Navigator is the full power of the Microsoft VBA language. Developers and more technical testers can rely on the VBA architecture to create advanced test cases. The tiered approach offers a reduced learning curve without sacrificing rich testing functionality -- a combination that makes it ideal for e-commerce testing.

"Microsoft is excited to have a company of Compuware's stature leverage VBA into its development and testing tools," said Todd Neilsen, Vice President of the Platform Group at Microsoft Corporation. "Extensive market acceptance, rich development environment and inherent web technology support make VBA an ideal choice for functional test automation. By integrating VBA into an intuitive and powerful testing tool, TestPartner will enable companies to deploy thoroughly tested multi-tier applications more rapidly."

TestPartner is the first testing tool designed to benefit both developers and testers. Developers can utilize TestPartner for unit testing and share test scripts with testing teams while testers can easily build test scripts and combine them to provide powerful regression test suites. By executing the test scripts created by testers, developers can immediately reproduce reported errors, allowing them to quickly identify and fix software problems. Additionally, TestPartner leverages the award-winning NuMega automated error detection technology for detecting internal software errors and determining code test coverage. This results in more productive testing and less redundancy in the testing life cycle. TestPartner integrates with existing Compuware development productivity, defect tracking, test management and load testing from the NuMega and QACenter product lines.

"Compuware is focused on delivering the industry's most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for accelerating the development and testing of distributed applications," said Doug Turner, Vice President of Product Management at Compuware Corporation. "TestPartner bridges the gap between development and testing teams, enabling them to work closely together to find and resolve problems early in the development cycle."

TestPartner also provides extensive support for testing component-based applications including testing GUI and non-GUI components. TestPartner is the only testing tool that enables users to test client side COM objects while they are actually running and also allows the testing of server side COM objects through the scripting language. This means that testing of an application can start earlier, before the GUI has even been created, ensuring that all aspects of a distributed application function as expected. Additionally, TestPartner can test Visual Basic objects and the properties of third-party ActiveX Controls through its VBA test automation infrastructure.

Compuware

With fiscal year 2000 revenues of more than $2.2 billion, Compuware is a world leader in the practical implementation of enterprise and e-commerce solutions. Compuware productivity solutions help 14,000 of the world's largest corporations more efficiently maintain and enhance their most critical business applications. Providing immediate and measurable return on information technology investments, Compuware products and services improve quality, lower costs and increase the speed at which systems can be developed, implemented and supported. Compuware employs more than 15,000 information technology professionals worldwide. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353. You may also visit Compuware on the World Wide Web at http://www.compuware.com .

Availability

Compuware TestPartner will be available in late July as part of NuMega DevPartner Studio 6.5 Enterprise Edition and QACenter E-Business Edition.

For sales or marketing information:

Compuware Corporation, 31440 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, MI 48334800-521-9353, www.compuware.com

Compuware, NuMega, NuMega DevPartner Studio 6.5 Enterprise Edition, QACenter and QACenter E-Business Edition are registered trademarks of Compuware Corporation. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.
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