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October 09, 2015 6:59 AM ET


Company Overview of Compuware Corporation

Company Overview

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software solutions and application practices for information technology (IT) organizations worldwide. Its Application Performance Management segment offers software solutions to optimize the user experience, performance, availability, and quality of enterprise, Web, mobile, and cloud-based applications; user experience management, application monitoring, and aware network monitoring solutions; and software related services, such as implementation, lifecycle and technology, best practices, and enterprise adoption and managed services. The company’s Mainframe segment provides solutions to enhance the productivity of developmen...

One Campus Martius

Detroit, MI 48226

United States

Founded in 1973

3,066 Employees



Key Executives for Compuware Corporation

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 52
President and Director
Age: 52
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer
Age: 57
Managing Director for India Operations
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Age: 49
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Compuware Corporation Key Developments

Compuware Corporation Delivers Fourth Major Release of Topaz

Compuware Corporation delivered the year's fourth major release of Topaz—an innovative solution suite that uniquely empowers enterprise customers to tap the full potential business value of their IBM z Systems environments. This latest release features Topaz Runtime Visualizer (Topaz RV), which provides unprecedented visibility into the often-complex interactions between mainframe programs. This visibility makes it dramatically easier for veteran and novice developers alike to quickly understand, modify and troubleshoot even the oldest, most complex and/or poorly documented mainframe code. Topaz RV's capabilities are extraordinarily valuable to companies as they face the challenge of more frequently updating their business-critical mainframe applications in response to ever-changing business requirements. Without Topaz RV, discovering and understanding the calls mainframe programs make to other applications and databases during runtime can be an extremely slow, difficult and error-prone process—especially for inexperienced mainframe developers faced with applications that may have little or no documentation. With Topaz RV, in stark contrast, developers can generate an intuitive map of the external calls a program executes during any specified runtime within minutes—without the need to refer to source code—saving them hours or days of painstaking work, while ensuring the accuracy and completeness of their results. Topaz RV also enables developers to drill down into a program's external calls to see how often programs call each other during a runtime and/or the specific datasets a program accesses at each point in its execution. This insight helps them better pinpoint potential performance bottlenecks, inefficiencies and inter-program impacts. Topaz RV is an ideal complement to traditional source-code parsing, which itemizes all out-of-program calls written into an application's code. By discovering and mapping only the program-to-program calls that actually occur during a live runtime of any developer-specified task—such as placing an order or running a monthly report—Topaz RV gives developers a clear and accurate 'snapshot' of a program's real behavior in the production environment under present conditions. The new Topaz release also enables developers of all skill levels to more quickly and accurately perform impact analyses by creating Java-like 'projects'—logical collections of data sources—that allow them to discover and investigate dependencies across programs and copybooks, without having to move code off the mainframe. Combined with the capabilities already provided by this year's three previous Topaz releases—including cross-platform data visualization and editing, static COBOL and PL/I code visualization, and Java-on-mainframe performance management—this ground-breaking release removes impediments that have historically prevented enterprises from reaping the full potential value of their mainframe applications, data and hardware. These impediments include: Declining in-house mainframe programming expertise and experience; Inadequate documentation of mainframe applications; Uncertain reliability of available source code; Slow change management processes that depend excessively on manual program analysis and/or idiosyncratic knowledge of key SMEs; The high business risk associated with making changes in an environment of complex and inadequately understood dependencies/impacts; and Poor collaboration between mainframe and non-mainframe developers. These impediments are becoming particularly problematic as mainframe applications are increasingly called upon to support the mobile customer experience and other essential aspects of digital business.

Compuware Corporation Releases Substantial Upgrade to Topaz

Compuware Corporation released a substantial upgrade to Topaz, an innovative development-and-operations suite that empowers customers to get maximum value from their IBM z Systems environments. Of primary importance to customers is the debut of Topaz for Java Performance, which delivers comprehensive visibility into the performance and behavior of Java Batch programs and WebSphere transactions running on the mainframe including peak CPU utilization of specific Java methods and classes; garbage collection issues such as memory leaks and excessively long collection intervals; and threads that are blocked or not actually doing useful work. By providing these capabilities, Topaz for Java Performance gives mainframe owners the confidence to more aggressively pursue the benefits of running Java on IBM z Systems, which include: Leveraging the wealth of existing Java programming expertise; Lower costs through the use of IBM's specialty processors; Easier connectivity of applications across platforms; Running Java application code on the scalable, reliable, secure and cost-efficient platform. The new release of Topaz delivers two additional capabilities that enhance customers' ability to get maximum value from their mainframe: Topaz for Program Analysis now gives developers intuitive, accurate visibility into the flow of data within their COBOL or PL/l applications including how data gets into that field; how that field is used to set other fields; and how that field is used in comparisons. This data flow feature helps developers make better, smarter decisions about application design. It is especially useful for Millennial developers who may not have a wealth of hands-on experience with IBM z Systems technology. Topaz for Enterprise Data now provides high-speed, compression-enabled host-to-host data copying that exploits IBM z Systems zIIP processors, thus reducing the burden on its general processors. This fast, efficient copying enables developers to complete their work more quickly at less cost.

Compuware Corporation Releases Significant Upgrade to Topaz

Compuware Corporation released a significant upgrade to Topaz, its innovative solution for empowering IT organizations to continue making the most of IBM z Systems environments as experienced mainframers retire and a new generation of developers, data architects and QA professionals take their place. Topaz's new Program Analysis intelligently analyzes mainframe programs and presents the results of that analysis in a visually intuitive manner. This visual analysis empowers both mainframe-inexperienced and mainframe-experienced IT professionals to: readily and accurately understand COBOL and PL/I application logic and logical dependencies, even for applications with which they are not familiar and/or which are not well-documented; quickly identify problems such as undefined fields, range violations and dead code "then correct them before compiling; easily assess program attributes such as size, complexity, number of files and tables, etc.; easily assess procedure-level metrics such as number of performs, conditionals, GOTO statements, and McCabe complexity metrics; and better collaborate across development and operations teams to find and fix code issues.

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