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About Compuware Corporation

Compuware helps its customers harness the power of mainframe computers. The company develops software to manage mainframe applications, data, and platform operations. It has embraced the agile development process to release updates and new capabilities to customers every 90 days. Compuware's products include Topaz, a mainframe development and testing platform, and ISPW, a tool for source code management. The company's customers include mainframe power users such as large banks and insurance companies, retailers, transportation firms, and government organizations. The Detroit-based company has offices around the world. Compuware is owned by private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

Strategy

In 2014, Compuware was bought by Thoma Bravo and it went all in to develop software for mainframe computers. It wasn't exactly like making landline telephones, but mainframes haven't been perceived as a growing business. But they still do a lot of work for businesses that process a lot of data and demand constant uptime. Heavy users include banks and financial institutions, transportation companies such as airlines and reservations systems, and government agencies.

Compuware went all in on something else, too. It uses the agile system for developing software. The system works by constantly tweaking and adjusting software to meet the demands of users. Compuware uses the agile method to deliver a round of software to customers every 90 days instead of once a year. The company brings customers into the process with advisory councils where customers pitch ideas and request new features and capabilities.

Although few programmers learn Cobol, the computer language of mainframe software, Compuware's Topaz line of products allows developers to work with mainframe code in much the same way they would work with recent programming languages, such as JAVA and PHP.

While mainframes haven't faded away quite yet, the shift to cloud environments and distributed computing continues. Companies like Swisscom and Sabre have started to move applications away from mainframes to other systems. 

Compuware Corporation

1 CAMPUS MARTIUS FL 4
Detroit, MI 48226-5099
Phone: 1 (313) 227-7300

Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
CFO and Treasurer: Joseph Angileri
Chairman: Peter Karmanos
CEO: Christopher O'Malley
Employees (This Location): 148
Employees (All Locations): 500