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CA plans bundling strategy for portal software

Computer Associates International is to bundle its CleverPath Portal application with content management, data analysis and rules-based automation tools from next year.

CA executives said some of the promised enhancements would become available in the coming months. The company hoped to use the upgraded portal server to take on IT middleware vendors such as IBM, as well as developers of business intelligence software, said Ricardo Antuna, senior vice-president of CleverPath marketing at CA.

However, CA will not demonstrate a complete version of the expanded portal application to users until its world conference in July.

Antuna said that the company has yet to set a specific time frame for shipping the full release, which will include a mix of its own existing tools that have been specially integrated. When ready, the software will include support for managing the use of corporate documents as well as the ability to set the software to trigger automated actions within applications.

Companies wanting to create that kind of portal infrastructure typically need to buy and then integrate the separate applications themselves, Antuna said. "We're trying to define a new way of doing this," he added. "The delivery mechanism is the portal, but all the modules need to belong together."

Although CA is keeping up with its rivals in the crowded portal business, it is not a market leader, said Gartner analyst Ray Valdes.

Other companies taking similar steps include business application vendors SAP and PeopleSoft. The bundling moves should put CA, SAP and PeopleSoft in position to use their portals to cross-sell their other software products to users.

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