Computer Associates has issued a roadmap for integrating the products it has gained with the recent $4bn purchase of Sterling Software, writes Toby Poston.
Speaking at the CA World conference in New Orleans last week, CA's chief operating officer Sanjay Kumar said there should be "demonstrable progress" in the integration of CA's and Sterling's product lines within 90 days.
Jay Huff, CA's marketing manager for northern Europe, said there was little overlap in the two companies' product suites, and believed that Sterling's mainframe storage and network management products would be particularly valuable additions to the software giant's product line.
The Sterling purchase will catapult CA into leadership of the storage software market, said James Governor from analyst group Illuminata. "CA's storage software argument is now very compelling. It has products that range from the browser to the mainframe and it can now compete head on with IBM and EMC in this area," said Governor.
"It now becomes the first software company with genuine clout in the storage arena, and can offer customers a hardware-independent storage software solution."
Governor believed that there would be no discernable downside for existing SterlingSoftwarecustomers.
"CA is going to support Sterling products," he said. "CA has the capacity to juggle multiple product lines. It has more experience in the acquisition of software companies and their products than any other company in the IT industry."
CA's roadmap for the integration of Sterling Software products
CA will continue to market Sterling's SAP productivity tools and at a later date will add Neugent and visualisation attributes.
This was first published in April 2000