Compuware Unveils Uniface with Service-Oriented Architecture Support

4/20/2004 - Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) announced the availability of Compuware Uniface 8.4, the latest version of its proven, unified development environment for designing, building and deploying enterprise business applications. Enhancements to Compuware Uniface 8.4 extend the product's ability to support organizations implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach in order to boost productivity, ease integration efforts and maximize existing legacy investments.

Compuware Uniface's SOA approach can help customers reduce development time by shielding programmers from application complexity and allowing them to build more generic, reusable services that unite and interact with many different platforms, applications and technologies. New to Compuware Uniface 8.4 is a Web services call-out functionality that allows Compuware Uniface applications to consume Web services. Implemented through XML and SOAP, the industry standards for Web services, this new feature makes Compuware Uniface capable of both provisioning and consuming Web services for a complete SOA approach. By enabling customers to migrate to SOA, Compuware Uniface 8.4 provides a productive environment to architect and deliver enterprise applications that are cost-effective, reusable and adaptable.

"Compuware Uniface empowers National Farmers Union with the capability to deploy high-performing and scalable applications, which are important since our applications are mission-critical. The flexibility that Compuware Uniface provides, enables access to our Compuware Uniface applications for both local and remote clients, which is mandatory for our business," said Mark Wood, Senior Vice President IT, Reinsurance, Planning and Administrative Services, National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company.

Compuware Uniface 8.4 provides development organizations with the technology, knowledge and ability to design, build, deploy and maintain high-performing scalable enterprise applications. Further enhancements to Compuware Uniface 8.4 are focused on increasing application performance and scalability and include:

"Service-oriented architectures bring the promise of easy integration but this can not be at the sacrifice of performance and scalability," said Thomas Murphy, Vice President, Research Services, META Group, Inc. "Organizations that successfully deploy composite applications will require proven standards-based integration capabilities that maintain developer productivity."

"Thousands of organizations throughout the world rely on Compuware Uniface to build their complex, mission-critical applications, and we continue to see healthy demand from our existing customer base, as well as a growing number of new customers looking for a proven tool for complex enterprise development," said Adrian Gosbell, Compuware Product Manager. "For the thousands of companies who have already made extensive investments in legacy technologies and are facing the challenge of integrating these with ever-emerging newer technology, Uniface is the glue that unites them all and provides a framework so that software is developed in the most productive way—around services rather than chunks of code."

National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company
National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company has been serving its mostly rural customers through a professional, experienced agency force primarily in the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. The company sells and services auto, home, small business and farm policies in those states as well as a package of property and liability coverages for smaller telecommunications companies in over 30 states around the country.

Compuware Corporation
Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) is a world leader in delivering software and services that enable businesses to manage their enterprises and maximize the value of their IT assets. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of business-driving applications. 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

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