CA revamps Unicenter to aid management

CA, formerly Computer Associates, used its delayed CA World user conference last week to outline a major refresh of 26 products based around a common IT architecture.

CA, formerly Computer Associates, used its delayed CA World user conference last week to outline a major refresh of 26 products based around a common IT architecture.

Delegates at the Las Vegas event were told the revamp would provide a process-led approach to the management of enterprise IT systems.

CA president and chief executive John Swainson outlined the company's plans for its flagship Unicenter systems management software.

The strategy, called Enterprise IT Management (EITM), is a vision for unifying and simplifying management of IT across the enterprise.

CA said EITM would help IT directors control costs, optimise service levels, manage risk, and align IT investments with the business.

The company's goal is to provide a way for IT departments to manage disparate IT systems as a single entity.

"As long as the management of technologies remains fragmented, IT-related costs and vulnerabilities will be higher than necessary, and organisations will not realise the full economic value of their IT assets," said Swainson.

The strategy involves integration and sharing of management processes, data and user interfaces, according to the company.

John Holden, senior research analyst at Butler Group, said, "The management of IT is growing in significance as all the complexities of the network infrastructure make management and control impossible without intelligent proactive tools."

He said CA, BMC, Hewlett-Packard and Tivoli were all adapting their products to take a process-led approach to enterprise IT management.

Holden said this approach would allow users to deploy IT systems more quickly and easily and provide a stepping stone towards best practice standards for managing IT departments, such as the IT Infrastructure Library.

CA's 26 EITM-enabled products will share a common architecture called the CA Integration Platform, which provides a workflow engine, management database, shared policies and a consistent user interface.

 

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