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SAP To Provide Customers With Business Technology Optimization Software From Mercury


SAP to Resell Mercury LoadRunner™ to Help Customers Verify Application Performance

WALLDORF, Germany and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. - December 13, 2005 - SAP® AG (NYSE: SAP) and Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQE), the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, today announced that SAP will resell Mercury LoadRunner®, Mercury’s market-leading load testing software. Available today under the brand, “SAP® LoadRunner™ by Mercury,” it helps customers maximize the value of IT deployments through performance validation and optimization capabilities for SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and the SAP NetWeaver® platform. The announcement follows Mercury’s announcement last May that it will deliver solutions for Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) deployments and underscores SAP’s commitment to building its partner ecosystem and portfolio of solutions for its customers.

Mercury LoadRunner helps customers verify that SAP applications will meet business performance requirements before they “go live” in implementation deployments. By using Mercury LoadRunner, SAP project managers can obtain an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance and optimize the scalability of applications, which are powered by SAP NetWeaver. This helps managers avoid over-spending on hardware and infrastructure costs.

“As the number one manufacturer of confectionery products in the United States, we needed to upgrade our enterprise SAP system and verify that the architecture was sufficient to meet our performance and availability requirements. Using Mercury software, we completed our SAP software upgrade on time and under budget, with no increase in help desk calls and no negative impact on business operations,” said Arthur Murray, manager, applications testing, quality assurance and training at The Hershey Company. “We see this enhanced relationship between SAP and Mercury as a very positive step.”

SAP LoadRunner by Mercury is a load testing solution for predicting system behavior and performance. It fully integrates with and leverages the Computer Center Management System (CCMS) from SAP and allows customers to automate application load testing.

“With more than 1,400 joint customers, Mercury and SAP have a long and successful track record of enhancing the performance and efficiency of SAP solution deployments,” said Ross Wainwright, senior vice president, North America Consulting, SAP. “We have worked with Mercury for more than ten years and take great pride in the seamless integration of our offerings and the strength of our partnership.”

“For many of our customers, the performance of their SAP applications equals the performance of the business,” said Jay Larson, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Mercury. “We are pleased that SAP is delivering our market leading application delivery offerings to its customers directly. This development represents significant opportunity for Mercury and SAP to jointly focus on optimizing the business outcomes of our customers’ SAP implementations.”

To learn more, download the Mercury white paper, “Mercury and SAP: Optimize the Business Outcome,” found at

For the past 15 years, Mercury has helped thousands of customers optimize application quality and performance. According to IDC, Mercury is the “uncontested leader” in application delivery with more than 58 percent market share, nearly three times that of any other vendor1. Mercury is positioned in the leader quadrant in Gartner Inc.’s “Application Quality Ecosystem, 2005: Leaders and Challengers.2”

Mercury and SAP have worked together since the mid-1990s. As an SAP Software Partner, Mercury has developed a set of BTO software offerings specifically designed to help optimize the quality, performance and scalability of SAP solutions. Many Mercury products have been integration certified by SAP, which helps assure customers that the interfaces between Mercury products and SAP solutions are reliable and seamless. In February 2005, Mercury announced a multi-year commitment with SAP AG to offer Mercury LoadRunner™, the industry’s leading performance optimization product, as part of the SAP Going-Live™ Check service for customers using the SAP NetWeaver® platform. In April, 2005 Mercury was recognized by SAP with an SAP Pinnacle Award in recognition for Special Achievement in Development and Innovation for SAP NetWeaver.

Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQE), the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, is committed to helping customers optimize the business value of information technology. Founded in 1989, Mercury conducts business worldwide and is one of the largest enterprise software companies today. Mercury provides software and services for IT Governance, Application Delivery, and Application Management. Customers worldwide rely on Mercury offerings to govern the priorities, processes and people of IT and test and manage the quality and performance of business-critical applications. Mercury BTO offerings are complemented by technologies and services from global business partners. For more information, please visit

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 29,800 customers in over 120 countries run more than 100,600 installations of SAP® software—from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize enterprises to suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at

(*) SAP defines business software solutions as comprising enterprise resource planning and related software solutions such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Mercury’s future product and service offerings. Mercury’s actual product and service plans and results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Mercury. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: 1) the timing of the availability of Mercury products, services, product enhancements and service enhancements; 2) the failure of Mercury products, services, product enhancements and service enhancements to meet customers’ expectations, needs or perform as described; 3) the dependence of Mercury’s financial growth on the continued success and acceptance of its existing and new software products and services, and the success of its BTO strategy; 4) the ability to increase sales through our direct and indirect channels, as well as international sales; 5) intense competition for Mercury’s products and services; and 6) the additional risks and important factors described in Mercury’s SEC reports, including the Annual Report to Stockholders on Form 10-K for fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2005, which are available at the SEC’s website at All of the information in this press release is made as of the date of this press release, and Mercury undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.

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1 Worldwide Distributed Automated Software Quality Tools 2005-2009 Forecast and 2004 Vendor Shares; Stephen Hendrick, IDC; July, 2005; report number 33771
2 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Quality Ecosystem, 2005: Leaders and Challengers; March 8, 2005 ID G00124029


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