Minitab Receives Frost & Sullivan's 2007 Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., June 6 /CNW/ -- Frost & Sullivan, the world's leading
growth consulting company, has named Minitab Inc. the recipient of its 2007
Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award in the quality compliance,
manufacturing productivity and statistical process control market.
    The Award is one of several Best Practices distinctions Frost & Sullivan
bestows on companies that demonstrate superior performance in a variety of
global markets. It recognizes Minitab for providing exceptional software and
services that help its customers make the best use of their resources and
maximize their profits.
    "Professionals around the world depend on Minitab(R) Statistical Software
to improve their business processes because Minitab has been continuously
evolving the product to better meet their needs," says Frost & Sullivan
Research Analyst Sashankh Kale. "But what sets Minitab apart from other
companies in the field is its commitment to developing additional offerings
that provide customers with even greater value and a deeper level of support."
    Kale cites a number of examples in his report on Minitab, including
Quality Companion 2 by Minitab(TM) - a new software package that helps
professionals plan and execute their improvement projects, and Quality Trainer
by Minitab(TM) - a convenient, online training service that teaches customers
how to apply statistics to improve quality.
    "Both of these solutions significantly enhance the productivity of
Minitab's customers," Kale says. "Quality Companion simplifies the way they
implement projects and Quality Trainer helps them use Minitab software
effectively to get the real job done."
    Kale also highlights Minitab's translation of its statistical package
into multiple languages to better serve its global community of users, and
Technical Support by Minitab(TM) - a service the company provides free of
charge for all its products. He notes that Minitab's Technical Support
Specialists bring an expertise in statistics and quality improvement to the
support they provide, and that they use the exchanges they have as a means to
identify customer requirements, which the company then builds into subsequent
    In addition to extensive market research and analysis, the selection
process for the award involves in-depth customer interviews - a fact that
underscores the award's prestige and pleases Minitab's senior management.
    "It's very gratifying to hear from an objective source that our efforts
to support our customers have been working," says Tina Konrath, Minitab's
Group Executive for Sales, Training and Technical Support.  "We are committed
to helping them improve their businesses and are proud to be providing them
with products and services that they appreciate so openly."
    Frost & Sullivan presented the award to Konrath and honored Minitab and
other companies for outstanding performance in industrial markets at its North
American Excellence in Industrial Technologies Awards Banquet on April 25,
2007 in Ft. Myers, Florida.
    More information about the award is available at

    About Minitab Inc.
    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,
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, France and Australia, and has additional representatives
throughout the world. For more information, visit

    About Frost & Sullivan
    Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering
with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than
40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting,
growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and
develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that
includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment
community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique
global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies,
econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit

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