Management software will be vital to developing on-demand computing and cutting costs, according to the interim chief executive of Computer Associates.
Opening CA World 2004 in Las Vegas, Ken Cron said that businesses need to invest in management software to provide a base from which on-demand computing could be delivered.
IT assets must be recorded and monitored in real time to enable chief information officers to manage the IT department like a business, according to Mark Barrenechea, senior vice president of product development at CA.
The software company plans to incorporate its sonar technology with database management technologies into a portfolio of storage, security, lifecycle and service management products.
"The field of management software is still open. CA is out in front and it will stay there. We are the management software experts," stated Cron.
He said that more licences for management software were sold last year than for software applications, which is evidence of growing demand for management software.
CA calls its product strategy 'Enterprise Integration Management' and it is designed to lower total cost of ownership. "Customers want greater integration to reduce costs," said Barrenechea.
The first fruit of the strategy is CA's Management bundle for Microsoft Exchange, which is designed to boost the performance, security, data protection and reliability of email.
It uses technology from CA's eTrust, BrightStor, Unicenter and ALLFusion brands and allows companies to offer global service level agreements and make efficiencies through server consolidation.
CA said that its strategy will help companies to streamline processes and provide enhanced financial visibility into IT operations.
Later today CA will launch Unicenter Service Management, a package of management tools to allow companies to measure the costs and value of IT.
The products are integrated with CA's service desk, service level management and financial asset management products.
Later in the week, CA is expected to unveil partnerships around open source technologies and unveil additional functionality to its eTrust product.
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