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Global Engineering Product And Services Leader Curtiss-Wright Selects Changepoint To Improve Product Development Process Efficiency

DETROIT, Dec. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced the successful implementation of its market leading portfolio management solution, Changepoint, within the Controls business unit of Curtiss-Wright, a global provider of engineering products and services specializing in flow control, motion control and surface technologies. 

Since the earliest days of flight, Curtiss-Wright has steadfastly focused on aviation innovation. The company today continues to produce high performance flight actuation, pilot controls and aircraft handling systems at the heart of every commercial and military aerospace platform.

Seeking to streamline and automate its product development and end of life processes, the team within the Control business unit's Integrated Sensing division began to seek a commercial software solution that would eliminate its current paper-based methods for product line management, project tracking, resource management and reporting. In addition to streamlining and automating processes to extract more efficiency from its teams, the Curtiss-Wright controls business unit also sought to better define and implement a product sunset methodology, more accurately monitor the financial profitability of each product line and increase executive-level visibility into the sensor product development process.

The team examined six market solutions, narrowing the field down to Changepoint. During a proof of concept (POC) engagement, the Changepoint team fully implemented its solution within two key projects. This demonstrated the solution's ability to manage the end-to-end product development process, administrate all project-related activities and improve utilization and deployment of internal Curtiss-Wright and subcontracting resources. The Changepoint team also transformed the client's current paper-based reporting methods — which required significant upkeep to maintain — into a dashboard view providing real-time, relevant information to the Control organization's management team. Following this highly successful POC, Changepoint was selected as the chosen solution, with a SaaS version of Changepoint going live earlier this year with more than 100 users within the Curtiss-Wright Integrated Sensing team.

"We are very pleased with the Changepoint solution as we have been able to fully address our goals with this implementation," said Nick Hesse, Director of Engineering, Curtiss-Wright Controls. "Even during the implementation phase, we continued to uncover new value within technology that required us to expand the deployment of the solution in mid-stream. We have now fully automated our product development process, eliminating our previous spreadsheet-based methods for product and project tracking. We have greater confidence in the financial performance of our products, and our executive team has substantially improved visibility into this critical piece of our Controls business."

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