ITKO Previews LISA 2.5 Software, Automated Testing Fears Recede

General Availability Release in June 2004 Software Introduces Next-Generation Test Performance, "15-Minute" Usability, Connectivity and Monitoring Capabilities

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2004-- ITKO (Interactive TKO) Inc. announces an upcoming release that closes the quality gap in today's business software development process. LISA 2.5 automated testing software is now available as a pre-release for quality experts and media evaluators, with general availability for purchase in June 2004.

Software quality is a mandate in today's economy. The need for an affordable QA solution that can support every stakeholder in major enterprise development environments has never been greater.

LISA 2.5 Automated Testing software from ITKO provides an elegant and complete solution that the entire team can use throughout development, so businesses can confidently deliver mature, industrial-strength Java applications, web sites and Web Services.

LISA 2.0 was already the first no-code automated testing solution for complex J2EE applications. LISA 2.5 represents a huge leap forward in ease of use and flexibility, making it possible for entire companies to commit to automated testing initiatives without breaking their timeline or budget. Within 15 minutes of installing LISA, you will be perfectly capable of connecting to and thoroughly testing an EJB or web service, without taking a single class or writing a line of code.

LISA consists of two components: LISA Workstation, which is the environment for defining and staging tests, and LISA Server, the "engine" that powers and controls scheduled tests and load tests.

New features for LISA 2.5 Workstation include:

* Enhanced user interface that simplifies test case creation and review though a point-and-click "tree" environment that even non-technical users can easily understand
* "What Next?" Wizards available when and where you need them delivered specifically to address user feedback and to make LISA the most productive testing tool for J2EE
* Test Case Template settings for a company or specific deployment environment can be stored and applied, saving time in test creation and management
* Automated "inline testing" wizards allow LISA to discover and interact with most EJBs, web services (SOAP), databases and Java applications in one or two steps, without the usual programming or syntax problems
* Metrics dashboard UI of real-time graphing, statistics and data feeds from ongoing tests.
* Ability to store, save and send any LISA test case or exact test run conditions, export data in multiple formats, and full support of JUnit/Ant builds, allowing true test collaboration among users.

New features for LISA 2.5 Server include:

* State-of-the-art metrics with new JMX support and improved SNMP browsers to allow LISA users to read and interpret performance results for almost any connected server
* Application server coverage, providing LISA with the most common presets and configurations for IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, JBoss, and other servers.
* Massive load testing performance - a single LISA Server can generate more "virtual users" than most applications or sites can handle at a fraction of the memory and hardware overhead of competing solutions.
* "Sandbox" ability to pull in and isolate multiple instances of an application or class during tests - a huge differentiator in active development environments where one or more components or EJBs cannot yet handle multiple test users.

LISA is also unique among automated testing solutions as it is developed in pure Java, meaning it runs identically on Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris or any certified Java 1.3.1+ platform.

Fighting the fear bug

Fear sells large-scale enterprise software testing, because the horror stories far outnumber the successes. A US government analysis in 2002 discovered that less than 25% of software applications are actually delivered within the proposed timeline and budget. A major analyst firm discovered that one in three enterprise projects fail altogether. Software errors cost companies billions of dollars nationwide in terms of rework and lost cycle time. Add to this the impact of customer dissatisfaction and corporate accountability issues, and the fear is understandable.

New Internet standards such as XML and web services have enabled applications to talk to each other and leverage existing systems with greater ease. However, the expectations of competitive businesses have grown along with these standards, driving more complex applications. Each new integration point becomes an opportunity for failure.

There are several tools that simulate a user's "points and clicks" and measure response times for a web site. But Fortune 1000 financial institutions and major corporations must support volumes of data and complex business logic on the back end. Until now, the only way to test these complex server environments was through manual coding of tests or massive user operation of the applications.

Making the whole team own quality

LISA's real value lies in her ability to allow both developers and non-technical business users to participate in quality and compliance initiatives.

Since timelines and resources are limited, it is simply infeasible to thoroughly test a system manually. Developers can unit test what they believe is a right outcome, but they are usually the least qualified to validate that the actual business requirements are met. QA teams can test for front-end bugs, but they have no visibility into the root cause of the errors they find.

Business managers appreciate the quick ROI LISA offers. LISA is easy to install and configure and comes at a license price that encourages everyone to get involved. Since LISA is a no-code environment, QA analysts and process owners can participate in testing and monitoring throughout the development cycle with little training required. Analysts ensure that the solution is not only error-free, but that it meets end customer requirements.

For developers, LISA was built to test extreme conditions for the most demanding enterprise applications. It can easily uncover and report the exact source of any problems stemming from web and app servers, network transmission, database storage and retrieval, middleware, other applications and attached components (such as EJBs) from the environment level, to servers and apps, all the way down to the most granular Java code level. LISA's fast inline test configuration, no-code test creation and generation saves developers measurable time and effort as well.

About ITKO, a CA Technologies company

ITKO, a CA Technologies company, optimizes composite application lifecycles. Our LISA service virtualization and validation software increases the agility of developing and delivering complex and cloud-based applications to market faster, while shifting quality left to eliminate costly constraints and defects in an environment of constant change. ITKO solutions eliminate software dependencies, decrease release times, and increase the reliability of composite applications that leverage cloud computing, SOA, BPM, integration suites and ESBs. ITKO's global customers include 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 commercial banks, 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 telecommunications firms as well as leading firms in insurance, travel, retail, utilities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.ITKO.com.

ITKO Press Contact: Jason English - news@ITKO.com - 1-214.764.9318

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