Computer Associates struck a wide-reaching pact with NCR last week which will see its Unicenter TNG enterprise management system bundled on NCR's entire range of hardware platforms, from mainframe-class machines to PCs.
Charles Wang, CA chairman and CEO, said the agreement would allow NCR customers "to get maximum value out of their total investment in hardware and software".
"IT managers understand that enterprise management is an essential component of any successful business computing environment," Wang added. "CA will deliver a tightly integrated management approach to customers who are deploying NCR's data warehouse and high-availability solutions."
The all-encompassing agreement covers NCR's data warehouse and transaction processing environments based on its WorldMark family of servers, point of sale and ATM devices.
NCR chairman and CEO Lars Nyberg said CA's emphasis on NT and Unicenter TNG's support for NCR and third-party technologies made CA "a compelling choice" of partner.
CA has acquired the NCR Operations Advantage agent technology to help with the delivery of integrated systems management solutions across ATM and POS devices. The company will integrate the technology into a tailored version of Unicenter TNG.
Jay Huff, marketing director at CA UK, said the agreement would enable companies to use the same enterprise management systems on their ATM and POS devices as their computer networks.
"We are extending enterprise management down to devices which did not traditionally come under enterprise management," said Huff.
NCR and CA will jointly market and support Unicenter TNG on NCR platforms.
NCR will also become a Tier 1 CA partner, collaborating on future product development. Both companies will offer support, system integration, program management, application customisation, staging, product implementation and life-cycle services.
CA said Unicenter TNG will become available on NCR's Windows NT hardware platforms in the first quarter of the year and on its Unix platforms in the second quarter.
Customised versions of Unicenter TNG already integrate with other NCR products, including LifeKeeper fail-over cluster technology, Top End OLTP middleware and Teradata relational database management system.
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