Compuware to partner with Changepoint

Compuware Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Changepoint Corp. Corporation for US$100 million cash. This acquisition, it says, will augment Compuware's ability to help CIOs to effectively manage scarce resources to maximize the value that ICT brings to the business. The transaction is expected to close in the near future.

"CIOs need to be able to clearly measure, allocate and demonstrate the value that they bring to the business," says Peter Karmanos Jr., Compuware chairman and CEO. "Compuware will now be able to offer CIOs unmatched insight and visibility into their people, projects, resources and applications. Our solutions and experience in development, quality assurance and performance management -- as well as our understanding of both distributed and legacy systems -- will make Compuware's governance offering one of the broadest today."

Compuware believes that Changepoint offerings help ICT organizations by providing critical insight into ICT spending, operations and management. It says that approximately 190 employees are also expected to join Compuware and form a new business unit as a result of this transaction.

"Companies invest great sums managing business-driving applications," says Theresa Lanowitz, research director at Gartner Inc. "ICT governance is a proactive way for CIOs to engage with the business, providing ICT executives with the visibility that they need to ensure that these technology investments achieve tangible business results. Clearly, CIOs could greatly benefit from an ICT governance solution that helps them enhance the effectiveness of their organization across the application life-cycle."

Compuware says its ICT governance offering will enable CIOs to:

-- More easily and accurately quantify and measure the business value of technology investments across distributed and legacy architectures through a straightforward "dashboard" approach;

-- Bring ICT governance to the development phase of the application life-cycle, where most ICT budgets are spent, and 80 percent of defects are introduced;

-- Communicate effectively with line-of-business partners and other stakeholders;

-- Integrate business and ICT cultures to foster better collaboration.

"Compuware's geographic reach, strong sales infrastructure and brand recognition will allow us to more effectively meet the rising demand for ICT governance solutions," says Gerry Smith, Changepoint president and CEO. "We are excited about the opportunity that this presents to bring our technology into broader markets," he concludes.

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