Computer Associates (CA) used its CA World conference in New Orleans this week to launch an intelligent e-business software suite based on technology gleaned from its recent acquisition of Sterling.
Departing from the company's traditional focus on systems management, CA plans to link up with Sterling partners to offer Sterling products and tools through CA solution providers, said Mark Marron, the vendors' general manager of worldwide channel sales.
CA plans to increase the head count in its partner organisation by 30 per cent, in addition to the team from Sterling, Marron added. "There is an enormous amount of resources being dedicated by CA to support this e-business initiative," he said.
"Sterling's technology brings some innovative solutions to the table that we and the channel have not had access to before," said Amir Sohrabi, director of the enterprise solutions division at Advanced Computer Concepts, a US systems integrator.
"Right now only 15 per cent to 20 per cent of our $80m in business is from e-business solutions. We expect to double that to 40 per cent over the next year by adding the Sterling firepower," Sohrabi said.
Also at the event, Charles Wang, CA's chief executive, unveiled the Jasmine intelligent infrastructure (ii) e-commerce platform in his opening address at CA World. Wang highlighted Jasmine ii's neugent (neural agent) and visualisation features.
Jasmine ii is an object-based platform for developing and deploying e-business applications. It uses different technologies, such as databases, middleware products and email, with a single common interface.
Graham Brown, director of analyst Neaman Bond Associates, described Jasmine as the glue that connects front and back-end e-business infrastructures.
This week, CA unveiled a new streamlined software licensing programme, referred to as the Master License Program, that offers discounts based on a two-year forecast of software sales, and a programme that assists solution providers in setting up network operation centres for the outsourcing and management of corporate IT environments.
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