Sopra Group UK becomes first certified Scapa Expedite Partner

EDINBURGH, UK-, January 19, 2004- - Scapa® Technologies, a supplier of innovative load- and stress - testing solutions for commercial software systems, has announced that Sopra Group UK has become its first certified Scapa Expedite partner.

Scapa Technologies introduced the new certification program for Scapa Expedite partners towards the end of 2003 to allow its customers to easily recognize companies whose use of Scapa StressTest will help ensure effective systems integration and management. Dr Mike Norman, CEO of Scapa Technologies said "We are extremely pleased to be able to recognize the commitment and vision of Sopra Group UK and to welcome a major European integrator as our first Certified Expedite Partner".

Sopra Group has worked with Scapa StressTest to ensure the effective implementation of three system consolidation projects for a major UK utility company. Derick James, Business Unit Manager, Sopra Group (UK) said, "By blending the Scapa Expedite methodology into our own consulting practices we have allowed our customer to reap significant financial benefits".

The Scapa Expedite Methodology applies the Scapa StressTest load testing tools in a way which is focused on getting a deployment to work, rather than merely determining whether or not it works, is designed specifically for integration projects rather than development projects, and can be performed by a range of systems integration professionals rather than just testing specialists.

The main requirements for certification within Scapa Technologies' Scapa Expedite partner program are:
- 3 technical staff from the partner organization should undertake product training/certification.
- The partner should develop an in-house systems integration methodology that incorporates the Scapa Expedite methodology.
- The partner should have used Scapa StressTest and the Scapa Expedite Methodology in at least 2 projects

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