Minitab Releases Quality Companion 2.2 Update for Six Sigma Professionals



    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 14 /CNW/ -- Minitab Inc. today announced the
availability of Quality Companion 2.2 by Minitab(TM), an update to the new
process improvement software it designed and released last August specifically
to help professionals implement Six Sigma. The update is free to registered
users of Quality Companion 2.1.
    Quality Companion 2.2 provides expert guidance and practical soft tools
that simplify every step of a Six Sigma project, from determining its scope to
documenting and reporting on its success. The update comes in quick response
to early customer feedback and introduces dozens of new capabilities and
enhancements that improve performance and usability.
    "We're committed to identifying the challenges quality professionals face
and evolving Quality Companion as fast as we can to meet them," says J.-P.
Mulley, Minitab's Product Planning Manager. "This updated release offers an
even fuller solution for professionals who need to complete improvement
projects that deliver maximum results."
    Quality Companion 2.2 contains more than 60 enhancements spread
throughout the entire application, with a particular focus on increasing the
number and functionality of the forms available and making it easier for Six
Sigma practitioners to develop presentations.
    New forms available in Quality Companion 2.2 include 5S Audit, Pugh
Matrix, Data Collection Plan, and Meeting Minutes. New functionality includes:

    -- Quick Fill, a feature which greatly reduces data entry time.

    -- 20 new formula types, including many financial formulas.

    
     -- Additional global data fields that support the sharing of financial
        data.

    Presentation enhancements include the ability to:

     -- Export presentations to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint with a single
        click.

     -- Save presentations as Web pages.

     -- Easily add nine standard slide types to a presentation.
    

    A complete list of what's new in Quality Companion 2.2 is available at:
http://www.minitab.com/products/qualitycompanion/whatsnew.aspx

    Quality Companion 2.2 supports every employee involved in a company's Six
Sigma program. Green Belts can use the Project Roadmap(TM) to plan their
entire project. Black Belts can count on the Coach feature to give their team
expert guidance on which tools to select and how to use them at every step.
And Champions and other executives can rely on Quality Companion to help them
standardize and evaluate projects and report on their successes.
    "Quality Companion improves a company's ability to implement Six Sigma --
even if their program is well-established -- because it makes the process
itself more efficient," Mulley says. "Using the right tools makes it easier
for professionals to complete their projects quickly and correctly, which
ultimately results in more projects, greater savings, and higher profits."
    Quality Companion 2.2 complements Minitab's flagship product, Minitab(R)
Statistical Software, which quality professionals worldwide use to perform the
sophisticated statistical analyses at the heart of all their Six Sigma
projects.
    More information on Quality Companion 2.2, including an animated tour of
the product, is available online at www.minitab.com/companion. A free, 30-day
trial version is also available at the Web site or by contacting the Minitab
sales department at 1-800-448-3555.

    
    About Minitab
    
    Minitab Inc. is one of the world's leading developers of statistical
analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users.
Minitab Statistical Software is the preferred package for businesses of all
sizes and is used in more than 80 countries by thousands of distinguished
companies, including Toshiba, 3M, Honeywell International, Wachovia, DuPont,
Haemonetics Corporation, Samsung and leading Six Sigma consultants. It has
been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement
initiative, and to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities
worldwide.
    Quality Companion by Minitab is the package professionals use to plan and
execute Six Sigma projects in companies around the world, including Xerox, ITT
Industries, Providence Health System, Nissan North America, and LexisNexis.
    Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in
the United Kingdom and France and has additional representatives throughout
the world.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION or materials, including screen shots, product
packaging images and logos, and other graphics, contact Eston Martz in
Minitab's Marketing Department: PublicRelations@minitab.com





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For further information: Eston Martz, Marketing Department of Minitab 
Inc., PublicRelations@minitab.com Web Site: http://www.minitab.com/

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