Computer Associates’ (CA) Interbiz Solutions unit has unveiled the beta version of its Bizworks application framework, which it claims bridges the gap between existing business applications and the Internet.
The framework is an attempt to tie together CA’s disparate applications portfolio, which came into its possession via a raft of acquisitions, and to update it for use in the socalled extended enterprise by employing technology already found in the software giant’s Unicenter TNG systems management software.
Reuven Battat, Interbiz’s president, said: “Enterprise resource planning (ERP) companies that don’t adjust to the new world will go the way of the dinosaurs, but we see Bizworks as moving beyond ERP and monolithic applications. It’s about how to integrate the different businesses cooperating in the supply chain and not just the back office.”
He continued: “Bizworks provides full command and control for administrators and the ability to integrate applications and information into the enterprise. What Unicenter is for the CIO, Interbiz is for the CEO to help him manage his organisation by leveraging a single unified infrastructure. The CEO is generally the last to know what’s going on, but this can make the CEO the first to know so he can move the business forward.”
CA claims that the Bizworks framework, which is due to ship by the end of the year at a “relatively modest” price, will enable organisations to collaborate with each other securely over the Internet, and analyse and visualise data from the extended enterprise in realtime via the bizvision visualisation engine, which is currently found in Unicenter.
It will also enable them to predict future business events using nugents, CA’s version of neural network technology, which is also included in Unicenter.
Lisa Williams, senior analyst for enterprise applications at the Yankee Group, said: “This is a repackaging of CA’s core technology with the addition of nugents and the like. It’s trying to take its systems management stuff and turn it into ebusiness management.”
She added: “I think there’s a need for that and ecommerce customers are always asking for it, but the next three to six months will tell us a lot. It’s important to have a framework and emphasise it, but it’s also important what goes on it. CA’s shown us the beginning, but it has to move it forward now.”
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