Cloud Computing an Area of Interest

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-01-29 Print this article Print


On a Jan. 28 call with analysts, Paul said, "Overall, Compuware posted a nearly 30 percent year-over-year increase in total product commitments. Total products revenue increased 5 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Additionally, professional services revenue, excluding Covisint, is up sequentially to $49.4 million along with improved margins."

In addition, overall, Compuware posted a nearly 30 percent year-over-year increase in total product commitments, Paul said in the call. Total products revenue increased 5 percent compared to the same quarter last year, he said.

"The acquisition and integration of Gomez makes Compuware the only provider of a single dashboard that optimizes application performance across the Web, the cloud and the enterprise," Paul said in a statement. "This unique value proposition is winning with customers, prospects and analysts, as demonstrated by the acceleration of Vantage revenue and the strength of Gomez' performance. We're also achieving great traction with Covisint and our SAAS [software-as-a-service] solutions, highlighted by Covisint's revenue growth of more than 22 percent."

Indeed, Gomez, with its Web performance monitoring technology, is a key piece of the Compuware strategy going forward. And the cloud environment appears to be clearly within Compuware's sights.

During Compuware's call with analysts, Paul alluded several times to the cloud, indicating cloud computing as an area of interest for the company, but avoiding any specific details.

Paul decried Compuware's "unique capability to optimize application performance in the data center, in the cloud or on a mobile device is gaining momentum in the application performance marketplace. This is a new, disruptive change to the market made possible through the Gomez acquisition."

He also said: "Starting in February, we expect to introduce some very exciting solutions addressing private, public and hybrid cloud performance. We are also rapidly extending our penetration of vertical industries, including retail, media and publishing, and SAAS users and providers."

Paul also mentioned the promise of the cloud environments moving forward. "We will not see mainstream adoption of cloud computing until performance is resolved and until security issues are resolved, and we have some great opportunities to own those spaces," he said.

Meanwhile, in addition to third quarter moves such as acquiring Gomez and announcing an integration between Compuware Vantage and Gomez, Compuware made a series of additional moves worth noting, including:

??Ç         Launching a Mainframe Cost Savings Program for its Mainframe Solutions customers. As part of the program, customers receive a free cost-savings assessment, a road map to future mainframe operational costs savings and the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1 million.

??Ç         Announcing that recently retired General Motors' CIO Ralph Szygenda joined the Compuware Board of Directors.

??Ç         Joining the Cisco Developer Network as a Solution Developer and announced that Compuware Vantage successfully completed Cisco verification testing for integration with the Cisco Network Analysis Module (NAM) product line.

??Ç         Offering online retailers free Gomez Web performance monitoring and consulting services from Black Friday through Cyber Monday to identify and resolve the source of Website errors, outages or slowdowns to optimize performance.

??Ç         Announcing the availability of the Compuware Financial Analysis Support Tool (F.A.S.T.), which calculates the financial impact of Web page load times. F.A.S.T. helps companies calculate how much revenue is at risk from slow Web page load times.

??Ç         Launching a new initiative to increase the profitability of mobile data service providers by empowering them to improve and manage the customer data experience. Compuware Vantage for Mobile is an integrated solution to provide a real-time view of a customer's mobile data services experience and linking it back to key business functions.

??Ç         Announcing that its Covisint subsidiary launched AppCloud, a secure application marketplace that allows health-care technology providers to offer their solutions to Covisint communities.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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