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Long-Time Mainframe Executive Sam Knutson Joins Compuware to Lead Product Management

DETROIT, Feb. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation, the world's leading mainframe-dedicated software company, today announced that industry veteran Sam Knutson has joined the company to lead Product Management.

In his new position, Knutson will steer Compuware's product roadmap and vision to deliver transformational software solutions for the IBM z Systems market.

Knutson is a renowned member of the mainframe community. Prior to taking his previous position as VP of Product Management for Mainframe Performance Solutions at CA Technologies, Knutson led the mainframe team at GEICO where he was also a Compuware customer. He also worked as a senior developer at Landmark Systems. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for SHARE, the world's first and longest-running user computer group.

"Sam is a highly respected and passionate thought leader in the mainframe space," said James Vincent, President of SHARE. "I've had the pleasure of working with him on numerous occasions and have always been impressed with his drive to encourage the best decisions and solutions for mainframe technology."

"Sam's extensive experience as a mainframe product management leader, a top-tier IBM z Systems practitioner and an active participant in the SHARE community make him an ideal executive catalyst for the Compuware team as we strive to deliver the innovative solutions that address the real-world needs of the world's largest IT organizations," said Compuware CEO Chris O'Malley.

Compuware has committed to an Agile development model whereby it will consistently deliver new mainframe management capabilities on a quarterly release cycle. This streaming innovation model is in stark contrast to other mainframe ISVs, which typically operate under an annual release cycle. By providing more frequent solution enhancements, Compuware will be able to more tightly align its deliverables with customers' evolving needs—enabling them to more aggressively deliver value to their business in the form of new applications, analytics and IT services.

"When it comes to optimizing the value customers get from their investments in the IBM z Systems platform, Compuware is clearly where the action is," said Knutson. "I am very excited about joining an organization that is so aggressively breathing life into a market that is so under-served despite its tremendous importance to the global economy."

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