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Update: on December 16, 2014, Compuware officially became privately-owned and named 30-year IT veteran Chris O’Malley the new CEO. Completely transformed, Compuware is now the industry’s largest software company exclusively devoted to mainframe environments. Our 40+ years of experience combined with our new agile business model uniquely positions us to deliver mainframe software to help IT organizations meet business goals. become the mainframe software partner for the next 50 years.
As the world continues to rely on the unmatched stability and consistency of the mainframe to support business-critical applications, Compuware provides the software, experts and best practices to ensure those applications work well and deliver value. For organizations that need to optimize developer productivity, reduce costs and improve service quality throughout the application life cycle, Compuware’s industry-leading mainframe solutions help them: understand code, optimize test data, test and debug, pinpoint problems, validate quality, and tune applications and performance.
Compuware offers the most user-friendly and efficient solutions on the market. To maximize productivity and better enable the next generation of mainframe developers, our solutions work in both a traditional green screen environment or in a familiar open development environment.
Chris O’Malley is CEO of Compuware. With nearly 30 years of IT experience, Chris is deeply committed to leading Compuware’s transformation into the “mainframe software partner for the next 50 years.” Chris’s past positions include CEO of VelociData, CEO of Nimsoft, EVP of CA’s Cloud Products & Solutions and EVP/GM of CA’s Mainframe business unit, where he led the successful transformation of that division.
"The mainframe isn’t going anywhere. The applications running on it are simply too indispensable in terms of coded business logic, long-term investment, reliability, security, scalability and compliance. So the proper time horizon for CIOs when it comes to the mainframe isn’t just the next few years—or just the next few quarters—as it is for many technologies-of-the-month. It’s the next few decades."
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I want to feel like my work is making a contribution; not just to the company I work for, but to society as a whole. At the end of the day, I want to feel that my efforts will somehow help to genuinely improve conditions for people. I'm starting get that feeling here at Compuware. How is that possible? In our culture of consumerism, the mantra is to constantly buy bigger and better. In no other sector is this more prominent than in technology. As consumers, we're constantly pressured to spend money on smarter, faster devices with the promises of significantly higher productivity, greater convenience, and more pleasure. Although sometimes these advances may be significant breakthroughs, most of the time the improvements are marginal, and sometimes even worse (Windows 8, anyone?). Different sectors are under the same pressure to constantly streamline productivity, do more with less, and so on. They constantly pour loads of cash into new technology in order to meet our increasing demands. In the face of that, Compuware has taken a radical approach; instead of jumping on the bandwagon for getting industries to buy new technology, they have taken a strong stance for "technological reuse"; helping companies exploit powerful mainframe technologies they already have, but fail to understand or fully utilize. Sure, they aren't as "sexy" as alternative industry backbone technologies, but the "old" mainframes are faster, way more reliable, and far more secure than anything else out there. And Compuware is making mainframes more "user friendly" for a new generation of workers accustomed to instant messages, intuitive screens, and smart phones. Mainframe use extends across numerous sectors. Although banking is usually the first one that comes to mind, there are countless other industries such as state offices, school districts, health insurance companies, and cities. Saving these clients money means they can afford to do more for the people they serve. Instead of having blow wads of cash "upgrading" their systems, they instead get more out of what they have; allowing them to retain or even expand on both their services and employees. I, for one, am tired of the treadmill of technological "advancements". Its good to be part of a company that's saying "You can stay current with what you already have". In terms of other aspects of working here, the hours are pretty flexible (at least for engineering), the people are all upbeat, hard-working, and take pride in their work. Its downtown Detroit, but in a pretty nice building with lots of amenities nearby.
Lots of bumps in the road ahead. This vision of Compuware's is relatively new; as a result, we are going through a lot of growing pains. There is commitment to this idea on all levels, but we have a lot of bugs to iron out in the process. In addition, much of our workforce is getting towards retirement age; transferring much of this proprietary mainframe knowledge to newer, younger tech workers will be no small feat. In past years, Compuware suffered from what felt like Multiple Personality Disorder; we didn't know what we wanted to be. Even though its been a couple years, I think that some people are leery that this is just a "phase" management is going through.
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It was a bit nervous, however I enjoyed the interview process. I was intervied by 2 staff members in the HR dept. I was asked about my technical skills and if I was willing to learn. The interviewers asked how well I worked independently as well as in a group setting. Having different school projects in later definitely helped me prepare for this internship.
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Compuware empowers the world’s largest companies to excel in the digital economy by fully leveraging their high-value mainframe intellectual property. We do this by delivering highly innovative mainframe application development and performance optimization solutions that uniquely enable IT to drive business value. Learn more at www.compuware.com. Update: on December 16, 2014, Compuware officially became privately-owned and named 30-year IT veteran Chris O’Malley the new CEO. Completely transformed, Compuware is now the industry’s largest software company exclusively ...