Compuware To Split Up Businesses

DETROIT — In the first major move under the ownership of the Chicago private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC, Compuware Corp. announced that it is splitting off its two major remaining businesses — mainframe debugging software and application performance management software, which finds and fixes problems in web and smartphone applications.

Tuesday, Compuware announced that its APM business will now operate under the name Dynatrace, the name of one of the companies Compuware acquired to build the business. DynaTrace of Boston was acquired in 2011, adding to earlier acquisitions, Adlex in 2005 and Gomez in 2009.

Compuware’s APM business has 1,600 employees worldwide. John Van Siclen, general manager of the APM Business, will lead Dynatrace. 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.

“Our customers will experience the same level of excellent customer service they receive today,” said Van Siclen. “Furthermore, customers can expect us to be more agile in response to technology disruptions as we further increase our pace of innovation.”

Then on Wednesday, Compuware announced that its mainframe business would be spun off injto a separate company, still to be called Compuware. Chris O’Malley will be president of the new company.

Mary McCarthy, public relations manager at Compuware Mainframe Solutions, said there were no plans to move the company or lay off staff.

“We expect anyone who was with the mainframe business as of yesterday, plus some shared services and some new executives, will all be part of the new company,” she said. “We’re not talking numbers, but we expect a full crew.”

Compuware’s employee count is currently a little over 800 in Detroit.

As for its landmark headquarters building on Campus Martius, she said, “At this point there are no plans” to move — “We have everything we need here,” she said.

More at www.compuware.com.

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