Compuware buys Gomez, boosts web app management

Gomez name will be retained as firm is integrated into Compuware

Compuware has agreed to acquire web application management vendor Gomez for US$295 million (NZ$400 million). The transaction is expected to close in November.

Gomez's technology will work in concert with Compuware's portfolio of tools for managing the performance of on-premises applications, providing coverage "from the datacentre to the customer," the companies said in a statement.

Such capabilities are crucial in today's IT environments, Compuware President Bob Paul said during a conference call last week.

For example, a retail banking transaction may begin with customers using an iPhone to connect with an online banking website, and end up spanning multiple third-party services, back-end databases, ISPs and mobile carriers. "The complexity is staggering," Paul said.

The acquisition will bolster Compuware's ability to compete with the likes of Hewlett-Packard, CA and BMC in application performance management. Those competitors offer only "narrow, keyhole views" into various areas, Paul claimed.

Compuware will also gain fresh footholds in many of the world's largest web properties. Gomez has about 2,500 customers, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon.com, according to its website.

The acquisition announcement follows steps Gomez had taken to prepare for an IPO.

The privately held vendor has 272 employees and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Compuware is not planning any significant personnel changes, according to a statement.

Gomez's current product road map will also "essentially remain unchanged" and the Gomez brand will be retained, although plans to integrate the vendors' offerings are afoot, Compuware said.

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