Compuware buys Gomez for $295 million; Bolsters SaaS footprint

Compuware said it will acquire Gomez, which monitors Web applications, for $295 million in cash. The move is designed to create an application monitoring portfolio across the enterprise and Internet.

Compuware on Wednesday said it will acquire Gomez, which monitors Web applications, for $295 million in cash.

At first glance, the deal seems like an odd fit. After all, Compuware's list of products includes IT portfolio management, mainframe and monitoring applications. Gomez is focused on Web load and performance monitoring as well as analytics. However, Gomez does work in data center consolidation, mobile Web deployment and cloud computing. The deal, which is expected to close in November, is a fit because "business and IT executives are moving more business-critical applications onto the Internet" and the combination of Compuware and Gomez can offer "unified visibility, isolation and resolution of application performance problems," according to a Compuware statement.

Compuware plans to take Gomez's software as a service portfolio and blend it with its own to become a large infrastructure as a service player. In a presentation, Compuware said the acquisition will help its customers have full visibility across enterprise and Internet applications.

Most of the 272 people employed by Gomez, including the management team, are expected to remain with Compuware.

Here's the unified view that Compuware is pitching in a presentation detailing the deal:

And how it sees the combination stacking up among competitors: