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CA Unveils 26 Products, Integrated For Better IT Management

Beta testers say the products fit into CA's Enterprise IT Management vision and provide for better management, security, and alignment of IT resources with business processes.

CA on Monday began rolling out the building blocks of its Enterprise IT Management vision with the introduction of 26 products it says have been integrated to allow for better management, security, and alignment of IT resources with business processes.

The EITM-enabled products introduced at the CAWorld conference in Las Vegas are available as individual modules or as integrated suite components that let users "simplify and unify the management and security of IT and IT environments," said Russ Artzt, executive VP of technology for CA, during a keynote address on Monday.

The new products have been beta tested by about 500 companies, according to CA. EITM, while based on many of CA's historical products, goes beyond simply placing a bow around a pre-existing box of products, said Harry Butler, support-center manager for EFW Inc., a supplier and designer of electronic systems for military and aerospace applications that has served as a beta customer.

"EITM is nothing really new," Butler said. "I've been using many of these products for seven years. But the good part is everything is now integrated a lot tighter with one centralized database."

Carlos Fortes, IT director for Procergs, a Brazilian computer-sciences company that also has been testing the new software products, said the use of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework for managing and creating common practices across enterprise infrastructures as an underlying technology to EITM "was like music to my ears. Tools are not enough. We need to invest strongly on processes with ITIL as a basis."

Pierre Champigneulle, a managing director for system integrator BearingPoint, which is acting as a partner with CA on implementation of EITM in customer accounts, said he had seen significant changes within CA in the past 18 months. It has gone from a company that rarely used partnerships in the past to one that can be worked with more easily.

The focus on EITM, Champigneulle said, is representative of an improved focus by CA on "fewer products that do a few things well that are of extreme importance to improving business capabilities. Our clients wanted this focus that moves CA away from products to real solutions."

The EITM products are integrated using the CA Integration Platform, which provides a workflow engine, management database, shared policies, and a consistent user interface to let users integrate technologies, people, and processes to support specific business goals, Artzt said.

Among the products introduced are the BrightStor storage command center, CA identity manager, Unicenter advanced system management, Unicenter asset intelligence, Unicenter network and systems management, Unicenter service desk, and Unicenter service intelligence.

This story was modified on Nov. 15 to correct the spelling of Pierre Champigneulle's name.

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