Ramius Corporation

Ramius Corporation

June 13, 2007 10:32 ET

Compuware Selects Ramius® to Power its New Partner Collaboration Network

Compuware Offers Its Partners An Easier and More Powerful Way to Interact and Build Business Opportunities Using CommunityZero® Software From Ramius

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2007) - Ramius® Corporation, a leading provider of online community software solutions, today announced that Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) has selected Ramius to power its new Partner Collaboration Network (PCN). Built on Ramius' CommunityZero® software, the PCN is a virtual environment where Compuware and its many global partners can collaborate to bring new solutions to market. The PCN is an important business partner enablement tool for Compuware's Solutions Partner Program.

A partner program that incorporates collaborative technologies can help vendors and their partners deliver innovation and gain competitive differentiation in an increasingly competitive and global market. Through the PCN, Compuware and its partners can centralize communications and interactions, using the network to build business relationships that result in new product solutions for end customers.

"Compuware's global business partners are key to our success in the distributed solutions space," said Jamie McGuffie, senior vice president of Partner Business Development, Compuware. "Our partners look to Compuware to provide them the resources they need to go to market with our products. Building the PCN using Ramius' community software enables Compuware partners to network, share ideas and develop business opportunities."

Compuware needed an online community technology robust enough to support a large and growing partner base with tools and functions that could promote communication and collaboration anytime, anywhere. They also needed to ensure the technology could integrate with other Web services that Compuware provides to its partners, including online training and support services.

"We selected Ramius because of their experience in delivering partner community solutions to large enterprises," said McGuffie. "Ramius' CommunityZero platform met all of our requirements and their team's knowledge and expertise ensured a smooth implementation. Ramius has helped us build a solution that elevates our partner portal from a simple content repository into an innovative and effective partner enablement tool."

According to Alfred Jay, Ramius president and CEO, companies that leverage partner distribution of their products are increasingly turning to community technologies as a way to bring greater value to their partner programs. "The extra value generated by a more dynamic collaborative partner portal includes greater innovation and product quality, and reduced cost and time-to-market. The result is increased revenue and profitability for vendors and their partners. Ramius is pleased to be able to provide a virtual environment where Compuware and its partners can develop valuable solutions for their vertical markets."

About CommunityZero®

CommunityZero online community software enables groups of any size to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere in a secure, virtual environment. A versatile solution, CommunityZero is scalable for a wide array of collaborative applications including: partner networks, customer communities, intranets, extranets, e-learning and more. Built entirely in Java and 100 % Web-based, CommunityZero's rich tool-set and user-friendly interface enables users to securely publish, share and archive information quickly and easily.

Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation maximizes the value IT brings to the business by helping CIOs more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at http://www.compuware.com.

About the Compuware Solutions Partner Program

Compuware's Solutions Partner Program is based on partnerships with the top technology firms, consultants, systems integrators, application companies, resellers and distributors. Through partnerships, Compuware's product and solution capabilities are extended to ensure successful development and delivery of high-value solutions.

Ramius® Corporation

Ramius Corporation is an Internet applications company focused on the development and delivery of social software that streamlines business processes and empowers individuals. Ramius' CommunityZero® online community software and professional services enable clients to build successful online communities in support of partner, customer and employee engagement strategies. Founded in 1998, Ramius leading clients include: Compuware, IEEE, NASA, the American Marketing Association and the World Bank. http://www.ramius.net.

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