Compuware Buys Gomez in Apps Performance Play

Compuware said today’s $295 million all-cash acquisition of Gomez will deliver the first unified solution for optimizing application performance across the enterprise and the Internet.

The purchase figures to extend Compuware’s (NASDAQ: CPWR) well-established application performance optimization services beyond the firewall to cloud computing, mobile and the broader Web.

“We don’t have that last mile or cloud visibility or anything with real-time visibility into the Internet,” Bob Paul, Compuware’s president and COO, said in a conference call with analysts and reporters.

Gomez should deliver that. The company is considered a leader in Web application experience management through its on-demand platform designed to help organizations optimize the performance, availability and quality of their Web and mobile applications.

Among other features, Gomez said its self-service platform can test and measure Web applications across all users, browsers, devices and geographies using a global network of more than 100,000 locations.

The platform integrates Web load testing, Web performance management, cross-browser testing and Web performance business analysis. Gomez boasts more than 2,500 customers worldwide including 12 of the 20 most-visited U.S. Web sites.

“We think we’ve changed the game in the application performance space,” Paul said. “Certainly it’s the first unified view across the enterprise and Internet.”

Paul said he expects to find broad interest among current Compuware customers as well as new ones for the Gomez services.

Together, he said Compuware and Gomez will help enterprises troubleshoot problems by providing ready analysis of assets, networks and ISP providers wherever they are in the application delivery chain.

“And you’ll get a much quicker time to resolution,” he said.

A unified deep dashboard

Paul noted that customers very often aren’t aware when their Web sites have performance problems, and many lack the perspective on how to troubleshoot performance issues when they are detected. He said Compuware and Gomez will provide a unified “deep dashboard” that would identify performance issues.

Going forward, Paul said the company plans to roll out new “predictive”
services designed to alert customers to potential problems before they flare up.

Compuware said Gomez will maintain its distinct identity as a division of Compuware, and continue to operate out of its headquarters in Lexington, Mass.

“Substantially all of these employees, including the leadership team, are expected to remain with Compuware after the close of the transaction,” the company said in a statement.

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