Computer Associates (CA) has admitted that it has been forced to delay the next release of its flagship Unicenter systems management suite until at least the end of the year.
Two years after announcing plans to add support for neural agents (neugents), a 3D interface and an object database to the system, development work is still going on.
As a result, instead of launching Unicenter TND (The Next Dimension) at its annual user conference this week, CA was only able to announce a beta release to selected users.
Jay Huff, marketing director for CA northern European, admitted that the vendor had hoped to launch the product this month, but that it now may appear at the end of the year when the Jasmine intelligent infrastructure (ii) object-oriented database, which was released this week, is more mature.
He said the introduction of a different database architecture for Unicenter TND was justified because it would make the management of applications easier, and argued that users were satisfied with the introduction of CA's neugent technology on discrete products within the Unicenter framework.
"We're finding the value proposition of neugents on their own is proving enough," said Huff, adding that existing database rules would be retained in any upgrade.
He said CA made innovations on certain components of Unicenter during the last year and introduced technology from the company's acquisition of Platinum Technology. The suite now supports storage area networks, he said.
But Clive Longbottom, service director at analyst Strategy Partners, said businesses had already chosen whether or not to deploy a systems management framework and that CA is doing enough to retain market share while slowly introducing its next-generation neugent technology.
James Governor, an analyst at researcher Illuminata, added: "CA is trying to raise the bar in terms of presentation and predictive analysis and this will take time. It was never going to be easy. This delay should be seen in the context of CA's grander ambitions in terms of application development and predictive analysis."
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