Profile: Compuware Corp (CPWR.OQ)
7 Mar 2014
Compuware Corporation, incorporated on March 23, 1973, delivers services , software and practices that enables technologies to perform at their peak. The Company delivers these solutions through software that is installed and run on its customers' owned hardware and applications (on-premises) and through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model accessed via its hosted networks ( Technology and Network Operations section). The Company also continues to offer professional technical services in areas, such as mobile application development, performance engineering and legacy system modernization. The Company's business segments include Application Performance Management (APM), Mainframe, and Covisint Application Services (Covisint). In February 2014, it completes an agreement with Marlin Equity Partners to acquire Compuware's Changepoint, Professional Services and Uniface business units.
The Company collectively refers to the solutions offered within its APM and Mainframe segments as software solutions. The Company's solutions customers to drive revenue, brand equity and customer satisfaction by harnessing disruptive technologies like cloud computing, virtualization and mobile computing.
The Company's APM solutions offer a complete view of the performance of applications as well as deep-dive problem resolution across the enterprise and through the Internet for every end user, all from a single dashboard. With the addition of dynaTrace, the Company's APM solutions provides visibility into the performance of every transaction, enabling optimal management of key applications throughout the application lifecycle.
The Company's secure collaboration solution, Covisint application services, gives users the ability to easily and securely share key communications, applications and information with employees, customers and partners. Covisint is growing through a targeted focus on industries such as healthcare, automotive and energy that require the secure sharing of complex and distributed data and applications.
The Company's mainframe solutions optimize developer productivity, reduce costs and improve service quality throughout the application lifecycle. Specifically, the Company helps customers : understand code, optimize test data, test and debug , pinpoint problems, validates quality, and tune applications and performance. To maximize productivity and better enable the next generation of mainframe developers, the Company's solutions work in both a traditional green screen environment and a point and click environment. During November 2012, the Company released a new mainframe solution, PurePath for z/OS, which combines Strobe and dynaTrace technology on the mainframe.
The Company’s software solutions are consists of four segments: Application Performance Management and Mainframe. Revenue associated with its software solutions consists of software license fees, maintenance fees, subscription fees and professional services fees (software related services). Compuware Application Performance Management (Compuware APM) consists of the Company's solutions for optimizing the performance of Web, non-Web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications.
Compuware APM User Experience Management (UEM) provides IT teams and application owners with a complete view of application performance and its business impact for all users, geographies, browsers and devices. Compuware's APM UEM combines real user, synthetic and third party cloud services monitoring in a single platform for managing performance, availability and service level agreements across Web, mobile, cloud and enterprise applications. UEM is supported by Gomez SaaS, dynaTrace and Data Center Real-User Monitoring solutions. Compuware APM Application Monitoring combines deep transaction management and smart analytics with a perspective to help clients deliver faster applications, rapidly find and fix problems and accelerate time to market. Application Monitoring is supported by dynaTrace solutions.
Compuware APM Application-Aware Network Monitoring enables network and infrastructure operators to quickly isolate faults that impact application performance and end-user experience across Web, middleware, database and network tiers. The Company's solution passively collects network traffic and delivers application-layer insight across business critical application environments including SAP, Oracle, Citrix, LDAP, HTTP, and Cerner, among others. Application-Aware Network Monitoring is supported by Data Center Real-User Monitoring solutions.
Compuware APM Lifecycle Performance Management fosters collaboration between production, application support, test and development teams, resulting in faster time to market, problem resolution and application performance. dynaTrace PurePath Technology provides a unified, recorded data set for every transaction, capturing granular code-level detail, infrastructure parameters and payload information. Lifecycle Performance Management is supported by the Compuware APM solution.
The Company offers a full range of software related services designed to accelerate the results of customers' Web, non-Web and mobile application initiatives which include implementation services, consulting services, Web load testing services and managed services. The Company combines product knowledge with hands-on experience to help clients improve application performance and business results. Compuware APM services provide the education, advice and hands-on support needed to maximize the benefits of the Compuware APM platform.
Mainframe Software Products and Solutions
The Company's mainframe software products improve the productivity of development, maintenance and support teams in application analysis, testing, defect detection and remediation, fault management, file and data management, data compliance and application performance management in the IBM z/OS environment. The Company believes these products are and continues to be among the industry's solutions for this platform.
The Company's mainframe products are functionally rich, focused on customer needs, easy to install and require minimal user training. The Company strives to ensure a common look and feels across its products and emphasize ease of use in all aspects of product design and functionality. The products can be used immediately without modification of customer development practices and standards. These products can be quickly integrated into day-to-day operational, development, testing, debugging and maintenance activities.
File-AID products provide a consistent, familiar and secure method for IT professionals to access, analyze, edit, compare, move and transform data across all strategic environments. File-AID products are used to quickly resolve production data problems and manage ongoing changes to data and databases at any stage of the application lifecycle, including building test data environments to provide the right data in the shortest time. The File-AID product family can also be used to address data privacy compliance requirements in pre-production test environments.
Abend-AID products enable IT professionals to quickly diagnose and resolve application and system failures. The products automatically collect program and environmental information, analyze the information and present diagnostic and supporting data in a way that can be easily understood by all levels of IT staff. Abend-AID's automated failure notification speeds problem resolution and reduces downtime.
Xpediter interactive debugging products help developers integrate enterprise applications, build new applications and modernize and extend their legacy applications, satisfying corporate scalability, reliability and security requirements. Xpediter products delivers analysis and testing capabilities across multiple environments, helping developers test more accurately and reliably, in less time.
Hiperstation products deliver complete pre-production testing functionality for automating test creation and execution, test results analysis and documentation. Hiperstation also provides application auditing capabilities to address regulatory compliance, security breach analysis and other business requirements. The products simulate the online systems environment, allowing programmers to test applications under production conditions without requiring actual users at terminals. The products functions and features enhance unit, concurrency, integration, migration, capacity, regression and stress testing.
Strobe products help customers locate and eliminate sources of performance issues and excessive resource demands during every phase of an application's lifecycle. Strobe products measure the activity of z/OS-based online and batch applications, providing reports on where and how time is spent during execution. They support an array of subsystems, databases and languages. These products can be applied via a systematic program to reduce the consumption of mainframe resources and reduce associated costs and/or make resources available for additional business workloads.
Compuware APM for Mainframe combines dynaTrace PurePath for z/OS and Strobe enabling 24/7 transaction management across distributed and mainframe applications. Users can proactively monitor interconnected system applications, including mobile transactions that interact with mainframe CICS or Java applications, providing visibility into how distributed applications are impacting mainframe workloads. When a poorly performing transaction is identified, users can easily drill down into source code for root cause analysis as well as determine ways to increase the performance of DB2 SQL statements, reduce wait states and eliminate resource overuse.
The Compuware Workbench is an open source, interactive developer environment that leverages Eclipse. It provides a common framework and single launch-point from which to initiate the Company's mainframe products, as well as the capability to launch other products from one platform. The graphical user interface is familiar to users who are accustomed to developing in a modern development environment, making common mainframe tasks faster and simpler to perform for both experienced developers and those who are new to the mainframe.
Covisint Application Services Network
The Company's Covisint platform is scalable and designed to process millions of transactions, manage terabytes of data and provide access for millions of users every day. The platform is enterprise-grade, continuously available across the globe and addresses the Company's customers' demanding uptime requirements. The Company secure customer data in physical, virtual and cloud computing environments with its industry role-based identity management, data encryption and database management services.
The core platform is written in Java and is optimized for usability and performance. The Company also leverages Web 2.0 technologies like AJAX, HTML and HTML5, and security standards like OAuth and SAML. To expand the value of the Company's platform, its software development kit includes a broad set of application programming interfaces that enable its channel partners and customers to use its AppCloud service to develop custom applications and integrations. The Company's solutions often combines and open source technologies. Open source technology reduces the overall cost to the Company's customers and allows the Company to bring innovations and enhancements to market in a more expedient and efficient manner.
The Company operates both multi-instance and multi-tenant architectures depending on its customers' need for dedicated applications and databases. The Company's platform is provided as a public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid approach. Customers and third parties can customize the platform to meet their specific branding and user experience requirements through the Company's or integrated technologies. Savvis, Inc. (Savvis) hosts the Company's enterprise-class hardware. The Company utilizes facilities located in Chicago, Detroit, Tokyo, Frankfurt and shanghais. This allows the Company to ensure reliability, redundancy and performance for all the Company's customer solutions.
The Company competes with BMC Software Inc., CA, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company, Accenture, Computer Sciences Corporation, Analysts International Corporation, Infosys Technologies and Keynote Systems, Inc.
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