DETROIT — Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR) Tuesday announced a new release of its integrated application performance management system, the Compuware APM platform.

Compuware says the APM Spring 2012 Platform Release introduces a new generation of APM with four industry-first innovations across its dynaTrace and Gomez product brands that help customers optimize the performance and value of their business-critical applications.

This new release represents the next phase in Compuware’s unified APM strategy. It is the first release of the new Compuware APM brand with Gomez and dynaTrace as major sub brands within it.

Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for enterprise system management software at the research firm IDC, noted that “Compuware’s announced product release in the areas of mobile, cloud, big data and streaming APM address top priority pain points facing many IT teams today.”

Mobile computing, the cloud and streaming are all rapidly growing areas, adding to the complexity and challenge of maintaining application performance to grow revenue, protect brand reputation and decrease costs. Managing this challenge requires visibility and deep-dive analytics across the entire application delivery chain to rapidly find and fix problems that may occur in the data center, cloud or the end user’s device. At the same time, organizations are challenged to deliver applications with more features, in shorter cycles and with fewer resources than ever before.

Compuware says its Spring 2012 Release tackles these challenges with a new generation of APM innovations that address complexity, user experience management and performance analytics, and reports for mobile applications and browser applications.

There’s also deep transaction visibility with embedded PurePath technology for unrivaled insight into application execution at the edge for all browsers and device types, including code-level details, incidents and visit histories, visibility into all aspects of mobile application performance including user actions in the mobile application, flexible deployment options with software-as-a-service or on-premises, out-of-the-box dash boards providing a single view of application and network performance, and more.

There are also new pricing and entry-level offerings enabling single application and project-based deployments, with seamless extensibility into a comprehensive APM system.

“The application landscape is changing rapidly with new native mobile applications, an exploding number of cloud services, elastic cloud infrastructures and a growing business drive to bring more application functionality to market faster. A new generation application management system that goes well beyond traditional data center monitoring is required,” said John Van Siclen, general manager of Compuware’s APM business unit. “This release addresses these new requirements while at the same time simplifying and automating away the APM complexity of the past. The Compuware APM platform is easily integrated into any existing IT environment with significant value received in literally minutes. Because of its modular design with SaaS and enterprise options, this new platform fits a very wide market from the largest enterprise to SMB/SME customers who — until now — considered APM systems such as this simply out of their reach.”

Compuware says the release includes new innovations in its Data Center Real User Monitoring solution that converges application performance management (APM) and network performance management (NPM) to tackle the increasing challenges of complex data centers.

By converging APM and NPM, mean-time-to-resolve (MTTR) is reduced, performance management costs are slashed and deployment is simplified.

Compuware also says the release is the industry’s first deep transaction management solution for dynamic cloud and big data applications. These transformational application environments require a new approach to application performance management to support massively scalable architectures and dynamic, elastic resource allocation. With dynaTrace Enterprise and its patented PurePath technology, EC2 and Azure cloud applications as well as Cassandra and Hadoop Big Data applications can be easily optimized and managed for greater performance and availability.

Big data applications suffer from many of the performance challenges and bottlenecks that plague current distributed applications, though the volume of performance data can be much larger. Optimizing data distribution across nodes, tuning transaction to query relationships, identifying I/O bottlenecks, tuning CPU and memory consumption amongst thousands of nodes, and assuring job list efficiency require deep insight into Big Data applications.

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