Compuware Covisint Announces Business Now Partnership Program With Plexus Systems

Covisint Extends Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) Platform for Suppliers; Plexus Online Provides Fully Integrated Manufacturing Information System

DETROIT and AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), today introduced a new program called Business Now(SM) to extend application access through Covisint's Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) platform. Plexus Systems, a web-hosted provider of fully integrated software solutions for manufacturing companies, inaugurated the program as the first Business Now(SM) partner.

The Covisint Business Now(SM) partnership will give current (more than 30,000 companies and 200,000 users in 96 countries) and new Covisint customers the opportunity to use Plexus Online web-based software to streamline their operations, improve quality and reduce costs across manufacturing operations. Business Now(SM) brings together Covisint's messaging, security and portal capabilities with a vendor's software solutions, enabling businesses of all sizes the ability to enjoy technical functionality that previously was only available to OEMs and large Tier I suppliers.

"Gaining real-time access to information on a global basis is becoming a strategic business imperative," said Jane Warner, President of Plexus Systems. "Plexus creates value by securely integrating and providing all critical manufacturing information to the right people at the right time. This is the next generation of information management."

With Plexus as the first solution vendor expected to participate in the Business Now(SM) program, users of the Covisint Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) platform will access Plexus Online to increase production, improve quality, reduce costs and gain valuable business and manufacturing insight. Supporting a continuum of manufacturing, quality and financial functions, Plexus Online provides a cost-effective, web-based solution for multi-site manufacturing operations. Through the Business Now(SM) partnership, Covisint's Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) platform will -- with a single sign-on and password -- immediately extend access to the Plexus Online functionality for the global Covisint community.

"This announcement represents a key component of our long-term strategy to bring the benefits of Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) to the global manufacturing community," said Bob Paul, CEO of Compuware Covisint. "Combining Plexus Online with the Covisint Demand-driven Interoperability(SM) platform will extend industry leading manufacturing, quality and financial capabilities to both new and existing customers, resulting in a significant increase to the business value Covisint delivers."

Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware Corporation, enables the integration of vital business information and processes between partners, customers and suppliers. Covisint uses an industry-centric approach leveraging deep expertise and state-of-the-art technology to address industry-specific needs.

Plexus Systems

Plexus Systems, formed in 1995, located in Auburn Hills, Mich., provides enterprise business solutions to manufacturing companies, which allows them to access all critical information in real time. Plexus Online replaces multiple applications currently in use and integrates into any larger ERP system. Key customers include American Axle, Metaldyne, GKN, Eagle Picher and a large number of mid-sized companies. For more information on Plexus Systems, please visit http://www.plex.com or call 248-391-8001.

Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) 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 .

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    Compuware Corporation, One Campus Martius, Detroit, MI, 48226,
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    Doug Anter, Compuware Corporation, 313-227-0127, 
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CONTACT: Mark Symonds of Plexus Systems, +1-248-391-8001, Email Contact ;
or Doug Anter of Compuware Corporation, +1-313-227-0127,
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http://www.plex.com/


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