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A special thanks to our sponsors for your contributions to QUEST Chicago 2008.

Microsoft Corporation

Diamond  Sponsor

Microsoft Corporation, incorporated in 1981, develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a range of software products for computing devices. The Company's software products include operating systems for servers, personal computers (PCs) and intelligent devices, server applications for distributed computing environments, information worker productivity applications, business solution applications, high-performance computing applications and software development tools.

- Sponsoring Wednesday Lake Michigan Dinner Cruise Appreciation Night

Utopia Solutions
Platinum Sponsor

Utopia Solutions is a global software quality and testing consulting firm committed to delivering world class solutions to our clients. Our solutions are built on more than a decade of successfully implementing HP Software's Quality Center and Performance Center solutions.  Our focus on Test Automation and Performance Management services ensures our clients' business-critical systems function and perform optimally.  Utopia Solutions is an Inc. 5000 company and recognized by HP Software as a Named Software Gold Elite Partner. Visit our website to learn more.

- Sponsoring Thursday Lunch


IBM Rational

Gold Sponsor

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM enables businesses to securely & incrementally integrate across and beyond their companies. Today, customers are searching for ways to more effectively govern the business process of software and systems delivery. IBM Rational software helps organizations automate, integrate, and govern the core business process of software and systems delivery via the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform. Offering an array of products, services, and best practices, this open, modular, and proven solution spans the entire software and systems delivery lifecycle.

- Sponsoring Thursday Continental Breakfast

McCabe Software
Gold Sponsor

McCabe Software, a leading Application Lifecycle Management company for over 30 years, provides Software Quality and Configuration Management solutions worldwide. "McCabe IQ" is used to analyze quality and test coverage of mission, life, and business critical applications, utilizing a comprehensive set of advanced software metrics including the McCabe-authored Cyclomatic Complexity metric. Our "McCabe CM" line of Software Configuration and Release Management solutions helps organizations manage changes faster and more efficiently to ensure quality throughout the Application Lifecycle. McCabe Software has offices in the United States and distribution worldwide, and can be found on the web at www.mccabe.com.

- Sponsoring Wednesday Continental Breakfast

Scalar USA, Inc.

Gold Sponsor

Scalar USA, Inc. is a Systems Integrator with a niche in Quality Assurance testing. Over the last 15 years, Scalar's main focus has been implementing QA processes, proprietary automation frameworks, performance testing and best in breed manual test procedures in Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing and Finance firms. Scalar is a chosen QA partner for many fortune 500 companies to assist in achieving their strategic goals and realize quick ROI in testing business processes and applications. Scalar's Evaluation service offering helps clients experience how Automation can accelerate and significantly increase productivity and decrease test cycle times. Our Global Delivery Model (Onsite, Offsite and Offshore) has significantly reduced the cost and taken the pain out of Automation.

- Sponsoring Friday Continental Breakfast

Parasoft Corporation

Pen Sponsor

For 20 years, Parasoft has been empowering organizations to deliver better business applications faster. We achieve this by delivering quality as a continuous process throughout the SDLC - not just QA. Our solutions promote strong code foundations, solid functional components, and robust business processes. Whether it's a SOA, Web 2.0, security, or other IT initiative, Parasoft ensures security, reliability, and compliance. Our automated infrastructure ensures quality software is produced consistently and efficiently. And our comprehensive visibility into your development process facilitates continuous process improvement. The result is a sustainable process that delivers predictable outcomes, greater productivity, and significantly fewer software defects.

- Sponsoring Conference Pens

HP Software

Lanyard Sponsor

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. Our offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. HP software helps IT organizations make sure that every dollar delivers positive business outcomes. Our business technology optimization (BTO) products automate key processes across critical IT functions, and our OpenCall platforms enable people to communicate, access services, and share content. As the focus of IT shifts from systems management to business results, leading companies are investing in HP software to lower costs, improve delivery time and reduce risk for their strategic business initiatives.

- Sponsoring Conference Lanyards

Checkpoint Technologies

Silver Sponsor

Checkpoint Technologies, Inc. is a solutions provider that specializes in Business Technology Optimization.  We are experts in all areas of quality assurance and software testing - performance, functional, and security.  Checkpoint Technologies provides leading-edge software solutions, training, mentoring, senior consulting, and staff augmentation.  Our services include both manual and automated testing with automated testing being an area in which we are known for our expertise. Checkpoint Technologies is an HP Business Partner and Certified Training Partner.  We have assisted numerous organizations with their implementation of testing solutions with on-site consulting, staff augmentation, and training. 

- Sponsoring Wednesday Morning Refreshment Break

Compuware Corporation
Silver Sponsor

Compuware Corporation 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 95 percent of the Fortune 100 companies.

- Sponsoring Wednesday Afternoon Refreshment Break

iTKO, Inc.
Silver Sponsor

iTKO's industry-leading LISA solution provides complete, collaborative and continuous testing for SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) applications. LISA reduces the business risk of migrating to SOA environments, while increasing trust across shared technology assets. LISA invokes and validates every component of SOA workflows throughout their lifecycle, from web apps, to web services, databases, messaging layers, legacy objects and application servers. Developers, QA teams and business analysts can rapidly automate functional and performance tests on a continuous basis through LISA's no-code interface. Founded in 1999, the Dallas-based company's customers include Citigroup, i2, Sun, Cardinal Health and DISA.

- Sponsoring Thursday Afternoon Refreshment Break

DSR Management, Inc.
Silver Sponsor

DSR Management is a strategic and supplemental IT consulting provider that has been named an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company for the past three years as well as Top Business by DiversityBusiness.com.  Our integrated services were built on solid Quality Management practices and today, our QM Practice has grown to be the largest sector of our business.  We provide complete coverage or a few team members for process assessments, application testing, automation optimization and performance test services.  Coupled with our core profiles, custom development and business intelligence competencies, DSR Management always brings quality solutions with flexible delivery.

- Sponsoring Thursday Morning Refreshment Break

Chicago QAI Chapter (CQAA)
Tote Bags Sponsor

The Chicago Chapter of QAI (formerly the Chicago Quality Assurance Association) was established in 1984 and is the second oldest chapter in the QAI Chapter Network. Chicago QAI promotes software quality principles and practices within the Chicagoland area by providing a forum for networking and information sharing. Chicago QAI offers annually nine speaker programs to members for continuing education. Professional certification is supported by hosting the certification prep classes in Chicago and facilitating local study groups. Other activities have included one-day vendor showcases and symposiums, special interest groups for information exchange, and co-hosting programs with other professional organizations.

- Sponsoring EXPO Tote Bags

Allstate Insurance

Certification Sponsor

The Allstate Corporation is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. A Fortune 100 company, with $157.5 billion in assets, Allstate sells 13 major lines of insurance, including auto, property, life and commercial. Allstate also offers retirement and investment products and banking services. Allstate is widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With AllstateŽ" slogan. Allstate was founded in 1931 and became a publicly traded company in 1993.

- Hosting the Certification Prep Courses at Allstate Facilities

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