Compuware Gets New Ownership; Splits Mainframe and Application Management Businesses

Compuware Corp., a systems tools vendor, says it plans to divide into two separate operating units – one for its mainframe business, and the other for its application performance management business. The mainframe business will still operate under the Compuware brand, while the application performance management (APM) business will operate under the name Dynatrace.

The move comes on the heels of the announcement of Compuware’s planned acquisition by Thoma Bravo LLC, a private-equity company. Thoma Bravo intends to purchase Compuware for $2.5 billion.

"We started our journey to become the leaders in APM in 2005 with the acquisition of Adlex," said Compuware CEO, Bob Paul. "Internet applications were disrupting the market and companies needed insight into user experience. Recognizing the incredible growth in eCommerce, in 2009, Compuware acquired Gomez to give customers visibility into web performance. As IT complexity increased and mobile applications accelerated, it was clear that customers needed a deeper level of insight so dynaTrace was added to the portfolio in 2011. We have now integrated these pieces into the industry's only new generation APM suite covering the widest spectrum of APM use-cases in the business."

Compuware's APM business has 1,600 employees worldwide, the vendor said.  John Van Siclen, general manager for the APM Business, will lead the Dynatrace business. All Compuware APM products, including Application Monitoring, User Experience Management, Synthetic Monitoring and Network and Data Center Monitoring will form the core of the Dynatrace business. Existing products will continue to be supported and Dynatrace will provide complete continuity for customers.

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