Computer Associates' customers will soon be able to police their staff?s Internet usage following the software giant's purchase of an undisclosed stake in monitoring specialist Sequel Technology.
CA will add the technology from Sequel, an Internet tracking and access management software company, to Unicenter TNG to allow managers to police Internet and Intranet usage by user, group or company.
Mark Sokol, senior vice president of advanced technology at CA, will take a seat on Sequel?s board as part of the deal. Sokol admitted CA will use the product to help companies improve productivity and for legal reasons related to "inappropriate use of the Internet access during business hours".
He said: "The combination allows organisations to address the growing problems associated with Internet connectivity, including bottlenecks." CA also expects companies to be interested in the technology to help improve bandwidth performance.
Sequel?s Net Access Manager product will be integrated with Unicenter to allow companies to view their Internet access costs in a similar way to their telephone bills.
Sequel founder and CEO Stuart Rosove said the investment helps the company at an important time in its development. He would not reveal whether a takeover was discussed or the details of the investment. Sequel, which was founded in 1995 and employs 80 staff, has a European office in London.
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