Research Firm Gives Compuware Top Scores In Application Performance Management: Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq:CPWR) announced it received top scores for its Application Performance Management offering from Forrester Research Inc. in the December 2011 “Market Overview: Application Performance Management, Q4 2011” report. The report evaluated 26 vendors on APM functionality based on Forrester’s APM Reference Model. Compuware received the highest score possible in eight out of 10 categories and the second-highest score in the other two categories. No other vendor received higher aggregate scores across the ten categories. Vendors were evaluated in these ten categories of APM functionality: end-user experience monitoring using a passive appliance;  response time monitoring using a scripted robot or active agent; transaction tracing and mapping; application monitoring — Java and .Net; packaged application monitoring — Oracle, SAP etc.; infrastructure monitoring — including virtualization; database performance monitoring; messaging technology monitoring; monitoring of applications in public cloud; and dashboard reporting and analytics. In the report, Forrester vice president and principal analyst J.P. Garbani wrote: “Compuware offers a full complement of end-user monitoring solutions, from subscription services to a multiprotocol passive appliance, and the ability to monitor phones and tablet devices in real-time. To this impressive list, Compuware has now added dynaTrace, which brings always on, end-to-end transaction tracing and monitoring to complement the Compuware Gomez platform, which includes Gomez SaaS products and on-premises products (formerly branded ‘Vantage’).”

Cobo Center earns Green Venue certification: Detroit’s Cobo Center has earned Green Venues Michigan (GLM) Steward certification from the Michigan Energy Office. “Cost-saving green business practices have been extremely positive for job creation and retention in the hospitality sector,” said Martin Dober, vice president of new markets of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Venues across the state are continuing to show their commitment to environmental responsibility by earning Green Venues accreditation.” Green Venues Michigan encourages entertainment venues, convention centers, and similar facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving “green” practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing. Cobo Center has implemented several environmental initiatives including: a Green Committee that meets several times monthly to promote sustainability practices and green initiatives, and has members from every department and in-house contracting company; a property wide recycling effort that includes cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, metal, and others; the purchase of minimum 30 percent post consumer recycled content paper products; a “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” initiative; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems controlled by a computerized energy management system; new induction lighting in the exhibit halls; most lighting controlled by photocells, timer, occupancy sensors or by the energy management system; air curtains on doors of exhibit floor vestibule; and a recent energy audit to help identify other energy conservation opportunities. Green Venues Michigan is a voluntary, non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at no charge. The Michigan Energy Office provides technical assistance to those who are interested in implementing “green” strategies and earning certification. The GVM program certifies facilities based on environmental initiatives such as air quality, energy efficiency, solid waste reduction, toxic waste management, water conservation, purchasing and communication. There are three levels of certification: Partner, Steward, and Leader, which can be earned by completing a self-assessment checklist and achieving a minimum number of requirements and points. With 725,000 square feet of exhibit space, Cobo Center is the 19th largest convention center in the country. More at