Compuware Helps Future Three, a Leading Supply Chain Solution Provider, Reduce Expenses and Improve Quality

1/21/2003 - Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) announced that its QACenter automated software quality solutions helped Future Three save approximately one-half million dollars annually in application development and testing expenses. QACenter is also helping the software company enhance satisfaction for its key customer-facing and supplier-facing applications.

“We began applying Six Sigma practices to our own internal development efforts last year. Part of this initiative involved continuous improvement in the quality area, and Compuware’s integrated functional and performance testing solutions have been an integral part of our success,” said Jeff Rheingans, Vice President of Development for Future Three. “We were able to achieve considerable cost savings in process improvements and personnel while at the same time improve the quality of our products.”

Future Three’s products and services drive costs from automotive supply chains and help suppliers comply with ever-changing mandates from OEMs and larger-tier suppliers. The company’s Eclipz solution is a materials procurement and fulfillment system that enables suppliers to automate their part-procurement process with suppliers through collaborative planning, event management and replenishment. Future Three’s solutions are mission-critical for automotive suppliers and are used by about 40 percent of the top 150 automotive suppliers in North America.

Future Three’s quality assurance team wanted to benchmark quality improvements and achieve aggressive quality targets for its applications. The company launches 4-6 major software releases annually, and, because its Eclipz solution is deployed through a hosted offering, new releases can affect a large number of customers all at once. Future Three chose Compuware QACenter Enterprise Edition and Performance Edition for functional testing, load testing, test management and defect tracking, which helped the company develop a customized workflow to assess, prioritize, delegate and execute IT tasks.

“Future Three is a classic example of Compuware’s core business value of answering all of the CIO’s ‘so what’ quality and ROI questions,” said Mark Eshelby, Product Manager for Compuware. “Compuware’s solutions and services cost-effectively address all enterprise IT challenges, delivering faster and better technology that drives the bottom line. Just as important, we do it in a way that’s appreciated by our customers.”

Future Three
Northville, Mich.-based Future Three Software, Inc., is driving the advancement of supply chain event management and supplier Relationship management applications and services. Built on 20 years experience in the advancement of order management and fulfillment solutions for OEM to Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, the company’s products and services create truly interconnected supply chains for automotive, heavy truck, agricultural equipment and vehicle manufacturing. This drives costs from the supply chain, helps suppliers comply with the ever-changing mandates for communications and material management from OEM and larger tier customers and enhances visibility down the supply chain for better decision-making and enhanced supplier relationships. For more information, visit the Future Three web site at

Compuware Corporation
Compuware Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company, provides business value through software and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle. Meeting the rapidly changing needs of businesses of all sizes, Compuware’s market-leading solutions improve the quality, ease the integration and enhance the performance of distributed, e-business and enterprise software. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353. You may also visit Compuware on the World Wide Web at

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