updated 5/3/2011 9:47:17 AM ET 2011-05-03T13:47:17

DETROIT, May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that American Express won the One Million Dollar Grand Prize in Compuware's Mainframe Cost Savings Program. Participants in the program were offered a free cost-savings assessment, which identified current opportunities and provided a roadmap for future operational cost-savings for the mainframe.

American Express took the top spot in the program based on a description of the impressive savings the organization is achieving through the use of Compuware Mainframe Solutions. These savings are also a testament to the dedication of the talented personnel at American Express who display business-savvy IT expertise on a daily basis.

"At American Express, we are focused on driving growth, driving efficiency and delivering superior service," said Matthew Robinson, Senior Vice President, American Express Company. "The more efficiently we operate, the more savings we have to invest in growth opportunities. It's a win-win. We are honored to receive this recognition."

To participate in the program, customers with a current Compuware mainframe software maintenance contract were invited to participate in a straightforward and free cost-savings assessment. Through the assessment, Compuware reviewed the cost savings that customers achieved as well as future savings opportunities made possible by using Compuware Mainframe Solutions. Some of the participating customers have used the information and analysis created during the assessment to develop their own annual cost saving plans.

In addition to the cost savings assessment, participating customers were asked to submit brief summaries explaining how Compuware Mainframe Solutions enable them to solve problems and save money. The most compelling story, as determined by a panel of judges, earned American Express the Million Dollar Grand Prize. The submitted stories were presented to the judges without the name of the participating organizations attached to give each company an equal chance at the grand prize.

"Congratulations to American Express for clearly quantifying the substantial savings they achieve with Compuware mainframe solutions," said Bob Paul, Compuware President and COO. "Our Mainframe Cost Savings Program confirmed that customers around the world continue to solve multiple business problems and significantly reduce operational costs by working with our market-leading mainframe solutions. Picking the overall winner was a difficult task, and we thank all of the companies who participated."

For more information on Compuware's Mainframe Solutions go to: www.compuware.com/MainframeSolutions .

For more information about the Compuware Mainframe Cost Savings Program go to: www.mainframesavings.com .

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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