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February 5, 2014

Uniface to upgrade “basic” mobile app development now Compuware no longer the boss

The enterprise application development company will refresh itself with new financial backing.

By Joe Curtis

Uniface is set to advance its "basic" mobile app development offering after splitting from ex-owner Compuware.

Uniface was one of three Compuware subsidiaries sold to an investment fund for a reported $160m this week as the struggling Detroit firm looks to cut its expenses bill by $100m come 2015.

Now under the wing of Marlin Equity Partners, the enterprise application development platform’s president told CBR the business must accelerate to offer better mobile app creation.

Aad van Schetsen said: "We do have support for mobile apps right now but it’s really basic at this moment in time. We’re really coming out with the next generation.

"We want to create a layer where people can develop independent from what kind of mobile device. They can have apps everywhere [including iOS and Android]."

He explained that under Compuware, there was little investment to innovate in the mobile and cloud space, but the $2.6bn-worth Marlin hopes to boost Uniface’s offering with heavy financial backing.

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The company hopes to release version 10 of its Uniface development platform by the end of the year, then push that workbench into the cloud sometime in 2015.

"We’ve really hit the ground running," said van Schetsen. "It’s an important space for us. When I’m travelling I’m now basically running my company from an iPad. That’s where the market is going."

The company is now headquartered in Amsterdam, and retains its roster of 120 staff.

Compuware also sold business performance arm Changepoint and an IT services solutions unit to Marlin, all together representing 25% of the application performance monitoring-focused company’s revenue.

The sell-off cut Compuware staff numbers from 4,500 to 3,200.

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