SAN JOSE: CA Technologies has a storied past that began with the mainframe back in 1976, but it’s looking to reinvent itself as the architect of the ‘modern software factory’ which will make Digital Transformation a reality. It’s all about rapid — and frequent — change, levelling the playing field, and the keys include a focus on business agility, a high degree of automation and reducing time to market, all while securing that software lifecycle, said CA President and Chief Product Officer Ayman Sayed.
DT is a business phenomenon, as much as it is driven by cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security. But technology enables that phenomenon, he said. “Every business strategy is a technology strategy.”
The good news for CA, is that while technology may be the foundation of DT and the next industrial revolution, this will be a software-driven revolution. “I think the time is right… our portfolio is well positioned,” added Sayed.
The challenge is that many people still think of CA as it used to be 5-10 years ago, a vendor of legacy software, and not the supplier of the tools and methodologies for today’s emerging ‘app economy’. “The key thing is that we need to see that perception catches up to reality,” said Sayed.
The company has been around for quite a few decades, established a reputation, and people see CA in a specific way that doesn’t actually apply to who it is today, agreed CA’s Otto Berkes, EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Management wants to drive awareness that CA has a new and interesting story to tell, one based on technology transformation and business transformation.
The company’s current value proposition is helping its customers reinvent their businesses, transform their businesses, said Sayed. We do this by giving them the tools, technology and expertise to become the modern software factory, enabling them to build the modern software factory. CA is building in analytics, machine learning and intelligence, and security in everything it creates, he added.
“Transform or die, disrupt or be disrupted. It’s an ongoing journey, not a checkmark,” explained Sayed Once you’ve established these elements of digital engagement there are lots of ways to transform the business, he said. “The new world is one that levels the playing field.” Technology and DT level the playing field, give you much larger scale and reach, added Sayed.
There is a gap between current capabilities and desired objectives, said Berkes. “Enterprises don’t have efficient mechanisms for turning ideas into software,” but CA’s portfolio, built around agile, DevOps, and security, “an end-to-end value proposition,” delivers maximum value to customers that need to digitally transform, he said. “We believe that gives us a powerful differentiator against the host of competitive point products out there.”
With the modern software factory customers can: create an agile business; build better apps, faster; make security a competitive advantage; and, maximize application performance, said Berkes. “There is an element of working smarter, not harder.”
The software opportunity is immense, according to CA. There are 21 million software engineers, and 50,000 enterprises globally, but of the $60 billion spent on software development and deployment, only $2 billion is spent on tools, with the remaining $58 billion spent on labor. The only way to reverse those numbers is through automation and continuous delivery.
It’s no longer a technology choice, it’s a business decision, said CA. Everything can be automated.
Automation is critical, agreed Sayed. “80% of spending in IT just to keep lights on. Only 10% believe IT being used to drive innovation.”
We’re still early in the maturity curve of the transformation, said Berkes. “In general… there’s more work ahead of us than behind us within the enterprise.”
This is very good for us, said Sayed. “CA has unique role to play, and a unique advantage. Who else can help you with your complete software lifecycle from end to end?”
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