Compuware Corporation is an American software company with products aimed at the information technology (IT) departments of large businesses. The company's services also include testing, development, automation, and performance management software for programs running on mainframe computer systems. The company has its headquarters in Downtown Detroit, Michigan.[1]

Compuware Corporation
Private company
IndustryInformation technology
FounderPeter Karmanos, Jr.
Thomas Thewes
Allen B. Cutting
HeadquartersOne Campus Martius
Detroit, Michigan, U.S
Area served
Key people
Chris O'Malley
ProductsEnterprise software
ServicesIT services
OwnerThoma Bravo

In December 2014, Compuware was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo and became a privately held company.


Inception and early years

In 1973, Peter Karmanos, Jr., Thomas Thewes, and Allen B. Cutting established Compuware Corporation. Their vision was to help people do things with computers by providing their clients with professional technical services, allowing them to focus on their own core businesses. In 1977, Compuware introduced Abend-AID, its first software product. Designed to detect bugs and suggest corrective action in corporate IBM mainframe systems. The release of Abend-AID established a product strategy for Compuware, alleviating the peaks and valleys of revenue that occur in the services business. By 1978, Compuware opened its first remote office to service the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area.


Compuware launched its File-AID product line. Using a request-driven interface, File-AID products help programmers and developers quickly and easily find, create, extract, transfer, fix, convert, load, edit, age, and compare data. This allows developers to focus on developing and maintaining applications that meet business needs. Compuware also announced Playback, the company's first automated testing tool. Later, Compuware moved from its Southfield location to a new corporate headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Compuware also acquired its first European subsidiaries during the 1980s. Compuware launched Powerbase with Datazoom, a very user-friendly, non-programmable, relational database for MS-DOS through Compuware/Power-base Systems, Inc.[2]


Throughout the 1990s, Compuware acquired several companies, building their position in the marketplace, including Centura Software, XA Systems, EcoSystems Software, Uniface development environment, Hiperstation, Coronet, Direct Technology Limited, DRD Promark, Inc, NuMega, Data Processing Resources Corporation, Programart, and the CACI Products Company.

In 1992, Compuware completed its initial public offering (IPO) of stock trading on the NASDAQ under the symbol CPWR. In 1994, Compuware commenced a secondary public offering to raise cash, and named Joseph A. Nathan President and Chief Operating Officer. By April 1998, Compuware had more than $800 million in sales.[3] At the end of 1998, Compuware surpassed the US$1 billion revenue mark. In 1999, the number of Compuware employees grew considerably, prompting the company to build a new headquarters building in Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan.


Since 2000, Compuware has acquired e-business services firms BlairLake, Inc., Nomex, Inc., Covisint, LLC,[4] Adlex, Inc.,[5] SteelTrace,[6] Changepoint,[7] Proxima Technology's Centauri Business Service Manager. In 2003, the company's 30th year of existence, Compuware completed construction on its new world headquarters building in downtown Detroit. On November 9, 2009 Compuware acquired Gomez, Inc. for its application performance management software.[8]


On July 6, 2011, Compuware acquired dynaTrace software.[9] On September 25, 2013 Compuware subsidiary Covisint announced pricing of Initial Public Offering.[10] On January 8, 2014 Compuware announced the planned divestiture of its Changepoint, Professional Services, and Uniface divisions to Marlin Equity Partners for $160 million.[11] Compuware completed a spin-off of Covisint on October 31, 2014.[12]

In December 2014, Compuware was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC.

Thoma Bravo Acquisition and Privatization

On September 2, 2014 Compuware and private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, jointly announced that Compuware had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for approximately $2.5 billion.[13] After finalizing the deal in December 2014, plans were announced to separate Compuware's remaining Mainframe and Application Performance Management (APM) business units into two distinct companies. The mainframe business unit retains the Compuware name and is exclusively focused on mainframe software. Christopher O'Malley is the current CEO. Compuware's former APM business operates independently under the new Dynatrace name with John Van Siclen operating as CEO.

As a result of the privatization, Compuware stock is no longer listed on the NASDAQ.


Agile DevOps Practices

Beginning in 2014, around the time of Thoma Bravo, LLC's acquisition, Compuware began shifting from a Waterfall development methodology to Agile development. With the release of Compuware Topaz—a solution that allows developers, data architects and other IT professionals to discover, visualize and work with mainframe and non-mainframe data in a common, intuitive manner[14]—on January 5, 2015, Compuware has since released net-new mainframe software on a quarterly basis.

By pursuing technology integrations and partnerships with companies focused on non-mainframe DevOps software, Compuware has allowed "CIOs to shift responsibility for mainframe applications to enterprise DevOps staff with mainstream skills using popular tools within today's mainstream culture of agility and innovation.[15]" According to eWeek, "O'Malley said he believes that large enterprises that fail to bring Agile and DevOps best practices to their high-value COBOL applications will remain competitively disadvantaged against smaller, nimbler market disrupters."

Integrations and Partnerships

Since being acquired by Thoma Bravo, LLC, Compuware has forged multiple integrations and partnerships.


Compuware company has made the following acquisitions since going private:

  • ISPW in January 2016[16]
  • Itgrations in October 2016[17]
  • Standardware in December 2016[18]
  • MVS Solutions in January 2017[19]
  • XATester in July 2018[20]


Compuware is a global company operating in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. The company's world headquarters are at One Campus Martius, Detroit, Michigan 48226.[21] Compuware moved its headquarters and 4,000 employees to Downtown Detroit in 2003.[22] Prior to the move, the headquarters were in Farmington Hills, Michigan.[23] In December 2014, Compuware announced that Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health jointly purchased the Compuware headquarters building.[24] Compuware still runs its global operations out of the building.


  • File-AID - Mainframe-based file editor/manipulator
  • Abend-AID - Mainframe application failure resolution tool
  • Hiperstation - Mainframe automated testing and auditing tool
  • ISPW - Source Code Management and Deploy
  • Strobe - Mainframe application performance monitoring tool
  • Xpediter - Mainframe developer productivity tools
  • Test Data Privacy - Multi-platform creation of subsets of privatized test data from production data
  • Topaz - Data and Program Management capabilities with visualization in updated UI
  • COPE - IMS virtualization to deploy multiple virtual IMS development or testing environments
  • ThruPut Manager - Batch automation to balance batch workload

See also


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  2. William Patalon III (April 19, 1998), "The Year 2000 caper: Finding riches in glitches But unwary investors risk getting singed chasing fix-it stocks", Baltimore Sun, sec. Financial, p. 1F, retrieved January 9, 2013
  3. "Compuware Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Covisint". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2004-02-05.
  4. "Compuware Acquires Adlex to Strengthen Application Service Management Leadership". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2005-05-09.
  5. "Compuware Adds Business Requirements Management Through Acquisition of SteelTrace". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  6. "Compuware to Acquire IT Governance Market-Leader Changepoint, Further Optimize, Quantify, and Communicate IT Value". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2004-04-28.
  7. "Compuware Completes Acquisition of Gomez". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  8. "Compuware Acquires dynaTrace software" (PDF). Compuware Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  9. "Compuware Announces Pricing of Covisint Initial Public Offering". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  10. "Compuware Announces Strategic Divestitures, Completes Major Transformational Milestone". Compuware Corporation. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  11. Covisint Spin-Off From Compuware Completed
  12. "Thoma Bravo Completes Take-Private Acquisition of Compuware Corporation in $2.4b Deal". Thoma Bravo. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  13. "IBM Systems Magazine - Topaz". Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  14. "Compuware Pushes Mainframe Agile DevOps Practices". Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  15. ISPW in January 2016
  16. Itgrations in October 2016
  17. Standardware in December 2016
  18. MVS Solutions in January 2017
  19. "Directions to Compuware Headquarters Archived 2009-10-14 at the Wayback Machine." Compuware. Retrieved on November 2, 2009.
  20. "Decade in review: Business." The Detroit News. December 31, 2009. Retrieved on January 7, 2010.
  21. "United States/Canadian Compuware Offices." Compuware. May 8, 1999. Retrieved on January 7, 2010.
  22. "Gilbert's Bedrock, Meridian Health To Buy Compuware Building In Detroit" (PDF). Bedrock. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
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