Minitab 16 Opens the Door to Quality Improvement

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Minitab Inc. released Minitab® 16 Statistical Software on May 18, 2010. This latest version of the leading software used for quality improvement and statistics education offers new functionality and features. The most prominent is the Assistant, a menu-based tool designed to guide users through their analyses and help them interpret their results with confidence.

If you don’t have a statistical background, or if you’re just a little rusty, Minitab 16 removes that barrier. You can be sure you’re analyzing your data appropriately with the Assistant.

Minitab Inc. today released Minitab® 16 Statistical Software, the latest version of the leading software used for quality improvement and statistics education.

Minitab 16 offers new functionality and features. The most prominent is the Assistant, a menu-based tool designed to guide users through their analyses and help them interpret their results with confidence.

Other enhancements in Minitab 16 include:
-- Nonlinear Regression
-- Split-Plot Designs
-- More Power and Sample Size Tools
-- Tolerance Intervals
-- New Reporting Features
-- New Tutorials and Datasets

The new Assistant feature opens the door to statistical analysis for more people, so everyone engaged in quality improvement efforts throughout an organization can make more effective use of their data to make the best decisions.

“With the Assistant, no one needs to be intimidated by statistics,” says Michelle Paret, product marketing manager for Minitab. “If you don’t have a statistical background, or if you’re just a little rusty, Minitab 16 removes that barrier. You can be sure you’re analyzing your data appropriately with the Assistant.”

The Assistant contains an interactive decision tree that helps you choose the right tool and walks you through your analysis step-by-step. It has a simplified interface that is easy to understand, and includes guidelines to ensure your analysis is successful. It even provides interpretation of your output and comprehensive reports you can use to present your results.

Thousands of companies worldwide use Minitab to analyze data for quality improvement programs. More than 4,000 colleges and universities use Minitab for teaching and research.

“Minitab lets you focus on improving your business because it’s so easy to use,” says Paret. “That’s why it's also the most popular choice for teaching statistics in universities and even high schools.”

Because it has been adopted by companies around the globe, Minitab 16 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Documentation is available in several other languages.

Minitab 16 is the latest example of the company’s efforts to provide the best tools for quality improvement. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version of Minitab 16 is available at http://www.minitab16.com

The company also offers Quality Trainer by Minitab®, an e-learning service that teaches statistics and serves as an ongoing resource for professionals who use statistics to implement quality improvement. The company also offers Quality Companion by Minitab®, process improvement software designed specifically to help professionals manage and execute quality improvement projects.

About Minitab

Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Minitab Statistical Software has been used in virtually every major Six Sigma initiative around the world, and is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities. Quality Companion is used worldwide to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training, e-learning opportunities, and free technical support.

Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.

EDITORS: For more information contact Eston Martz at Minitab Media Relations: 814-753-3270.

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