Compuware acquires local R&D centre

Software developed here for global market

Compuware has acquired an Australian research and development centre as part of its January purchase of Proxima Technology for $US31 million.

More than half of Proxima's 70 employees were based in Australia with the local operation responsible for the development of the Proxima Centauri software solution.

Proxima was one of the world's first IT management vendors to apply the Six Sigma quality improvement process to enhance the service quality of IT processes in business.

Former Proxima CTO, Bernd Hammann, has been appointed vice president of R&D for Compuware and will be in charge of the Sydney-based R&D centre.

Compuware's Australian R&D centre will collaborate with a global team of Compuware employees -- including development labs and experienced professionals located around the world -- presently driving R&D of Compuware's comprehensive portfolio of IT-business solutions.

Proxima Centauri will be integrated within the Compuware Vantage product line, which enables business-driven service delivery by providing a real-time, comprehensive perspective on service quality.

This integration is the cornerstone of an overall strategy that will see Australian-developed software solutions marketed globally on a far greater scale than would otherwise have been possible.

Compuware managing director A/NZ, Michael Green, said Proxima Centauri and Compuware's Vantage solution will enable customers to combine end-user experience measurement with application performance and service desk metrics for an integrated view of the business, allowing enterprises to optimise IT investments.

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