updated 1/31/2011 3:18:30 PM ET 2011-01-31T20:18:30

DETROIT, Jan. 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced a new integration between its professional services automation (PSA) solution, Changepoint, and Salesforce CRM. This integration ties together PSA and CRM business processes, as well as account data, sales opportunity and contact information ‑ allowing companies to better market services as standalone offerings or as part of a whole product solution.

According to SPI Research's 2010 Service Performance Benchmark Study, after financials, CRM is the second-most popular professional services application and used by 86 percent of respondents. "Yet despite CRM's popularity, there continues to be room for improvement in the integration between PSA and CRM, particularly with organizations experiencing services growth," said R. David Hofferberth, Managing Director with Service Performance Insight. "Surprisingly, only 27 percent of PS respondents have an integrated solution, and we strongly recommend that they more fully leverage CRM and identify an integrated PSA/CRM solution as a clear maturity improvement area."

The integration with Salesforce CRM further extends Changepoint's ability to serve the entire customer lifecycle ‑ from marketing, to sales, to service delivery ‑ by helping services executives seeking to better understand services requirements in the sales pipeline and better manage resource supply and demand.  

"We rely heavily on Changepoint for our services business and Salesforce CRM for our sales process and opportunity pipeline," said David J. Comiciotto, Vice President, Organizational Excellence, MEDecision, Inc. "This integration enables us to engage the right resources to ensure successful communication of contracts and services earlier into sales opportunities and better plan our service engagements well in advance, ensuring we have appropriate commitments in place."

Benefits of the integration include:

  • end-to-end management of customer relationships ‑ seamless connection of business processes, from the first marketing conversation through to service delivery;
  • better visibilityservices executives can better understand services requirements within the sales pipeline and manage resource supply and demand;
  • improved data integrity ‑ data is entered or updated just once and shared between the two applications, reducing redundancy and improving data reliability and information flow;
  • greater consistency ‑ sales activities are populated into PSA, benefiting all downstream services activity; and
  • increased ROI ‑ the combined power of PSA and CRM allows businesses to build long-term customer relationships, reach higher levels of customer satisfaction and better integrate marketing, sales and partner functions to achieve greater brand awareness.

"Changepoint's integration with Salesforce CRM is a powerful tool for technology companies, seeking to drive additional value from existing product investments," said Lori Ellsworth, Vice President, Compuware Changepoint. "This new integration allows Changepoint users to better and more seamlessly manage their critical customer relationships, beginning with the first marketing conversation through to service delivery and support."

Compuware Changepoint

Compuware Changepoint allows technology companies to maximize professional services profitability while maintaining a focus on effective product decisions and delivery. Changepoint's integrated solution marries PSA with PPM to provide total operational visibility allowing product-centric technology companies to drive services growth with strong margins, deliver a competitive product and services mix for high ROI, and maintain top-line revenues and bottom-line profitability.

Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organizations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com .

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          Doug Anter, Public Relations Manager, Compuware Communications
           and Investor Relations
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          Compuware Corporation, One Campus Martius
          Detroit, MI 48226

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