Computer Associates (CA) said its first quarter financial results were boosted by strong sales of its client/server products and professional services.
At the same time, the software giant also detailed progress on integrating Platinum Technology’s products into its portfolio. CA completed its acquisition of Platinum last month.
For the quarter ended 30 June 1999, CA saw turnover rise to $1.22 billion from $1.04 billion in the same quarter last year. Pre tax profit was $341.7 million, up from $310.6 million in the year ago period.
Client/server revenue grew by 22 per cent to $596 million and professional services revenue was up 113 per cent to $119 million. Earlier in the week, Charles Wang, the firm’s chief executive, said he wanted to increase annual services revenue to $1 billion by the end of the year.
But Sanjay Kumar, CA’s chief operating officer, also spoke bullishly about the integration of Platinum’s products with CA’s to users gathered in New Orleans this week for CA World and Platforum, Platinum’s user conference.
“Less than two months after completing the largest software acquisition in history, we are pleased to detail our plans to extend, enhance and integrate Platinum product lines with CA solutions. The synergies between the product lines are truly outstanding,” he claimed.
CA said it plans to integrate Platinum’s application development tools with its Advantage TND equivalent. Platinum’s data warehousing, data mining and data modelling tools will also form the basis of a new warehousing product called Decisionbase TND.
ManageIT, a new enterprise management suite will be created by integrating CA’s Unicenter TNG systems management applications and Jasmine TND database with Platinum’s systems management offerings. They will also run on IBM’s DB2 database, which is widely used by the Platinum installed base, and Unicenter TNG will support DB2 as well.
Platinum’s Autosys job management application will be integrated with CA’s scheduling tool Job Flow, and CA will also integrate Platinum/Memco SeOS and single sign on security products into its own offerings. These security products will come under the eTrust banner, an Internet security product line that CA announced yesterday.
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