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June 24th 1998

Following its successful IPO, CYRANO announces a worldwide reseller agreement with Digital Equipment Corporation for its Year 2000 testing suite that includes MillenniumTest, DateWarp and MillenniumRecorder. Under the agreement, Digital Worldwide Services is reselling the CYRANO suite as part of a systems integration solution, or as standalone products and services.

"Recent studies from Gartner Group and others estimate that the final testing phase may require more than 50% of a total Year 2000 readiness effort. CYRANO MillenniumTest's automatic and thorough testing capabilities will help Digital's customers reach Year 2000 readiness more quickly," said Steve Mahoney, vice president of Cross-Industry Applications for Digital Worldwide Services.

The CYRANO test suite enables application users to perform comprehensive Year 2000 readiness testing. It greatly reduces the need for highly skilled programming staff to replicate data and develop test scripts. CYRANO MillenniumTest provides Windows-based wizards and advanced date manipulation pull downs that help users specify date fields and automate creation of test scripts.

"CYRANO and Digital have worked together for more than 12 years, with many hundreds of joint customers worldwide in the high-volume, mission-critical application testing segment," said Mike Hensman, CYRANO's chief operating officer. "Year 2000 readiness demands that extensive, comprehensive test suites be created and managed by end-user staff rather than by scarce, highly technical programmers. Our powerful yet easy-to-use wizard-based technology and comprehensive set of clickable components remove all need for script development or coding. Users have experienced up to a four-fold performance improvement throughout the project. Thereafter, the re-usability of the test has meant vastly improved reliability in results and increased performance."

CYRANO MillenniumTest Suite
CYRANO DateWarp advances dates to the time period to be tested. CYRANO MillenniumRecorder captures a representative transaction stream and makes it available for manipulation by MillenniumTest wizards. The CYRANO testing suite runs on Digital's Alpha-, Intel-, and VAX-based platforms under the OpenVMS, Digital UNIX and Windows NT operating systems.

Unlike PC-based testing tools, MillenniumTest automatically synchronises testing scripts with the input request of applications under test. It supports monitoring of what appears on client terminals and offers record/playback of the entire testing process. MillenniumTest also offers unmatched capabilities in performing volume and load/stress tests on character cell applications.

About Digital
Digital Equipment Corporation, recognised for product and service excellence, is a leading supplier of high-performance, Web-based computing solutions which help enterprises compete in the global marketplace. Digital gives its customers a winning Internet advantage through a comprehensive portfolio of Internet solutions based on award-winning systems, advanced networking infrastructure, innovative software, and industry applications - including those from its business partners. The expertise and experience of Digital employees help customers plan, design, implement, manage and support Internet solutions in countries throughout the world. For the latest company information, visit Digital on the World Wide Web at and/or


CYRANO offers a unique integrated set of premier testing products and services focused on ensuring quality, performance, reliability and change management of client/server, Internet/Intranet and legacy applications. These are designed to enable Windows, VMS, OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, NT and Open System development teams to address the challenges of automated testing, quality and performance management of their mission-critical applications.

CYRANO is a Public Company listed on the EuroNM of the Paris Bourse (Reuters: CYRA.LN) since June 10th 1998. Formed in 1989, CYRANO has global operations which span The Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. CYRANO is headquartered in Paris, France with regional headquarters in the UK and USA. Sales and Support centres are located in seventeen offices worldwide. CYRANO product and service information can be found on the world wide web at

Note to Editors: Digital and the Digital logo are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


Caroline Hulbert / Louise Wells / Kate Hanson[PARA]Catalyst Communications[PARA]Tel:[TAB]0171 917 9575[PARA]e-mail:[TAB] Gareth Evans[PARA]CYRANO (UK) Ltd[PARA]Tel: 01753 516500[PARA]e-mail:[TAB]

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