Users of Platinum Technology's software have been warned that key networking products could be axed in the wake of the company's takeover by Computer Associates (CA).
Commenting on the $3.5 billion deal, which CA claims is the largest in software history, Andy Smith, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, warned that there is a great deal of overlap between the two companies' security products.
In particular he cited Platinum's Sessionwall as potentially top of the hitlist: "Security features in CA's Unicenter could overlap with Platinum's security software - particularly applications such as Sessionwall. If I was a Platinum user I would be concerned."
He predicted CA would discontinue Platinum's products before its own.
But Sanjay Kumar, CA's president and chief operating officer, claimed that there was little overlap between the two companies' product sets and where overlap did occur, both lines would continue to be supported.
Rob Hailstone, research director at Bloor Research, predicted the main overlap would be between CA's Unicenter and Platinum's enterprise management software. He said that it would be up to the user base to decide which products stayed or were axed.
"It would not make sense for CA to bin good products and upset the user base," he said.
CA said it has only just reached an agreement with Platinum about the takeover. The transaction has already been approved by both companies' shareholders and CA plans to pay $29.25 for each Platinum share.
Although he could provide no restructuring details or indicate how many Platinum staff would be made redundant, Kumar said CA has introduced a hiring freeze and would try to redeploy as many employees as possible. He claimed the purchase would also enhance CA's growing services business by adding Platinum's 1,000 consultancy staff to its 3,000 strong organisation.
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