Compuware has announced plans to acquire web performance firm Gomez for US$295m (AU$327m) in cash.The acquisition is expected to close in November, and will see Compuware take on Gomez's web application experience management portfolio. Executives at both companies said that the combination will provide IT departments with an attractive proposition.Compuware claimed that the deal will make it the world's leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) infrastructure management provider, and advised customers that any current systems would continue to be supported.Bob Paul, president and chief executive at Compuware, explained that application performance management tools had become fragmented, and did not give a clear overview of the application delivery chain."The Compuware/Gomez solution is the only solution that provides visibility across both the enterprise and the internet, and delivers a unified dashboard as well as deep-dive troubleshooting and resolution," he said."This enables organisations to optimise application performance across the enterprise and the internet."Paul added that the companies will work together closely to make sure that their products are integrated and jointly marketed."For Gomez customers, there will be no changes or interruptions in the services that they receive or the team that they work with. Gomez will continue to operate as is, and customers will continue to access the Gomez SaaS portal to operate Gomez products," he said."There are no major personnel changes planned, and Compuware will retain Gomez's worldwide offices. Gomez customers will continue to be supported in the same way that they are today."Jaime Ellertson, chief executive and president at Gomez, added: "This agreement marks a fundamental breakthrough in how IT and business leaders can manage the performance of all the applications that drive their businesses."Compuware has launched a web site explaining the deal to customers.
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