Microsoft Great Plains Adopts Rational Software Tools For Next-Generation Development Efforts

Fargo, ND, April 23, 2001 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions today announced the adoption of Rational Software’s (Nasdaq: RATL) Rational Suite™ Enterprise, Rational ClearCase Ò, and Rational ClearCase Multisite Ò as core components of its next-generation development efforts. Microsoft Great Plains selected Rational’s development tool technology to support its philosophy of extensible, customizable business solutions.

Rational Suite Enterprise provides users with a complete software development solution, including requirements management, visual modeling, defect and change tracking, automated unit and system testing, and the Rational Unified. Rational Suite Enterprise integrates seamlessly with Rational ClearCase Multisite, Rational’s configuration management solution, which helps distributed development teams work in parallel.

In addition, Microsoft Great Plains added select Rational Visual Modeling, Automated Testing and Configuration Management technologies into its Developer Toolkit. The Developer Toolkit includes Rational Rose Ò, an object-oriented development environment, which enables direct access to both the data and object models of its products; Rational Robot, an object-oriented testing tool, which allows developers to create, modify and run automated functional and regression tests to improve quality assurance processes; and Rational ClearCase LT, a member of Rational’s software configuration management product family that software teams use to accelerate team development and unify change management. The inclusion of Rational’s technology into the Developer Toolkit supports the introduction of next-generation products, customizations and extensions developed by Microsoft Great Plains partners and customers.

“Rational Software’s tools have enabled us to accelerate our development cycle and to deliver a platform upon which our partners and customers will be able to both extend and enhance our expansive product offerings,”
said Darren Laybourn, executive vice president of products for Microsoft Great Plains.
“We’re very excited about our ability to deliver on our plans going forward.”

“We’re very pleased to work with Microsoft Great Plains and enhance its unique development strategy of delivering customizable business management solutions while enabling long-term support for software upgrades without significant change or cost,”
said Eric Schurr, senior vice president of Marketing for Rational Software.
“The combination of our team-based enterprise development tools with Microsoft Great Plains business solutions allow partners and customers to quickly adapt and extend their solutions to fit their specific business needs.”

The Developer Toolkit combines Visual Modeling, Automated Testing and Configuration Management technologies from Rational Software with Microsoft Great Plains’ Data Models, Microsoft Great Plains’ Object Models, and the Microsoft® Visual Studio® development system. The Developer Toolkit is immediately available to authorized tools partners with pricing starting at $7,500 for a two-seat developer pack.

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and mid-sized companies become more agile in today’s interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at http://www.greatplains.com/ or at http://microsoft.com/business/greatplains/ .

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