SOURCE: Executive Alliance

November 27, 2007 10:11 ET

Quality Still at the Heart of Running a Business

Quality Assurance Executives From the Southeast Recognized -- Software Quality Is Still Top Priority at Their Companies

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums worldwide, announced the nominees for the Quality Leadership Executive (QLE) of the Year Southeast Awards 2007. Finalists and winners will be revealed Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The awards recognize outstanding executives and their teams for exemplary achievement in Information Technology Quality Assurance.

Founding sponsors, Compuware (NASDAQ: CPWR) and Tescom (LSE: TSCM), support the nominations of these leaders in the IT industry from the Southeast region, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The QLE Awards Gala will honor the nominees in two categories: Executive Visionary and Executive Application Delivery.

The distinguished roster includes the following Quality Leadership nominees:

--  Ken Brame, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, AutoZone
--  Frank Brick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arsenal Digital
--  Wilbur E. Brown, Manager of Technology, Emory University
--  Kevin Ketts, Director, Business Systems,
--  Bryson Koehler, Vice President, Global Distribution Technology,
    Intercontinental Hotels Group
--  Carisa McCann, Director, Quality Assurance, ChoicePoint, Inc.
--  Christine Parsons, Program Manager, Quality Management and Compliance,
    Southern Company
--  Donald R. Riley, Chief Information Officer, Mohawk Industries
--  Sean M. Scott, Chief Information Officer, Womble Carlyle Sandridge and
    Rice, PLLC
--  Steve Scott, Senior Director of Corporate Information Security,
--  Charlie Taylor, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Procuri, Inc.
--  Robert Taylor, Former Chief Information Officer/Director of
    Information Technology, Fulton County Government
--  Dr. M. Lewis Temares, Vice President for Information Technology and
    Chief Information Officer, University of Miami
--  Dr. Barbara White, Chief Information Officer and Associate Provost,
    University of Georgia

Nominees, finalists, and winners will be recognized at the evening ceremony, which follows the QLE Southeast Executive Forum comprised of interactive and cutting-edge content and speakers. Tickets are available for the Awards Gala and may be purchased online at

"A business-driven approach to Quality Assurance allows IT to deliver on business requirements and drive quality and performance into the application from the earliest phases of the life cycle," said Chris Sirosky, Worldwide Solutions Sales Director at Compuware Corporation. "The QLE Awards recognize the importance of efficiently and effectively delivering high-quality applications."

"CEOs are increasingly recognizing the importance of organizational flexibility and the role Quality Assurance plays in creating this strategic capability," said Patrick D. Gaul, Vice President, U.S. Operations at Tescom USA. "Only IT organizations that meet this critical business imperative will find a place at the planning table going forward. Tescom congratulates this year's QLE Award Nominees for consistently demonstrating the business value of Quality Assurance."

"Quality Assurance in software development covers such a broad range of deliverables," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "An organization that can manage all these deliverables and use them to build quality into their development lifecycle can achieve real bottom-line benefits. As this trend continues, the QLE Awards Program becomes even more important to identify the leaders who are managing with success and who are role models for the industry."

About the QLE Southeast Awards 2007 Sponsors

The QLE Southeast Awards is property of Executive Alliance, Inc., and was brought to the business community by the following: Platinum Sponsors - Compuware (NASDAQ: CPWR) and Tescom (LSE: TSCM); Association Sponsors - Atlanta Quality Assurance Association and Technology Association of Georgia.

About Tescom Software Systems Testing Ltd.

Tescom is a global leader in independent software quality assurance and testing solutions with over 600 professionals around the world dedicated to helping companies mitigate the technological risks inherent to the development, implementation and integration of software and information technology applications. Founded in 1990, Tescom is a public company (LSE: TSCM) that maintains operations in Australia, France, Israel, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Visit

About Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) maximizes the value IT brings to the business by helping CIOs more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at

About Executive Alliance

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and celebrate outstanding achievement of executives worldwide. These forums facilitate deep relationships within a network of peers; provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the leaders of industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Forums, Private Receptions and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive assemblies for bringing together top executives and innovators in their field. For more information on this prestigious award series, visit

Contact Information

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    Kayla White-Siefker
    Compuware Corporation
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    Patrick D. Gaul
    Tescom, USA
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