CA Levels The Playing Field
Jun01

CA Levels The Playing Field

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...

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CA: Toolmaker For The DT Generation

SAN JOSE: CA Technologies has weathered tremendous changes since planting its mainframe roots in 1976, but as it starts its fiscal 2018, following a year of relatively flat sales and profits, the $4 billion software vendor is facing its greatest challenge… and opportunity. The challenge is transforming a company that is primarily based upon the legacy software business into a fast and agile contributor to the emerging Digital Transformation revolution. The opportunity: spending on DT technologies will exceed more than $1.2 trillion this year, and continue to grow at almost 18% per year to $2 trillion by 2020, almost 20X the anemic growth forecast for the overall IT market. There weren’t a lot of answers at last week’s ‘Built to Change Summit’, but the company’s senior management, including CTO/EVP Otto Berkes and President and Chief Product Officer Ayman Sayed, spoke frequently, and in depth, about the onrushing DT express, and how CA is positioned to help its customers weather the journey. We are one of the few companies uniquely positioned to help companies manage digital transformation, stated Sayed. “Effectively we are helping them build a modern software factory,” he said. “If you look at our customers, almost every single one of them is racing to transform their business into a software factory.” A week prior to the event the company unveiled The Modern Software Factory as its new marketing campaign to showcase the full spectrum of capability CA brings — either a single solution, or a combination of solutions across the areas of Agile, DevOps and Security — to customers navigating the challenges of digital transformation. CA has been pushing DT and the application economy for some time, and the opportunity was one of the reasons why Berkes moved over from HBO in 2015, following almost 20 years at Microsoft. “… that transformation was formative in bringing me to CA… to build the tools to enable enterprises to manage that transformation…” DT (AKA digitization or Industry 4.0) and its related technologies — cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security — is generating tremendous change, but only 5% of large companies are prepared to meet the IT requirements of the Digital Business era. Given the stakes — i.e. a 33% increase in speed to market; 40% increase in customer satisfaction; 37% increase in new business revenue; an expected increase in annual revenues by an average of 2.9%; an expected reduction in costs by an average of 3.6%; while “first movers” ‘are far more likely to be forecasting both revenue gains of more than 30% and cost reduction of more than 30%...

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CA: Shift Left Up The Value Stream
Dec01

CA: Shift Left Up The Value Stream

“If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.” GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt In the late 1980s an analyst said IBM faced two bad choices: it could shoot itself in the foot, make drastic and expensive changes to survive, or it could wait until the market shot it in the head, at which point survival was unlikely. Almost 30 years later, CA Technologies has been grappling with the same dilemma: make drastic and painful changes or hope to survive when the market makes those changes for it. Originally focused exclusively on the mainframe market when it opened its doors in 1976, the company has set its sights on the Digital Transformation segment in general, and the Application Economy in specific. At November’s annual customer and partner event, CA World 2016, it highlighted its new motto — Built To Change — which pretty much says it all about the opportunity/challenge before it (and the rest of us), a world of constant change where the optimal application of speed and agility to new and emerging business opportunities is becoming the norm. While mainframes aren’t disappearing any time soon, they’ve long been replaced by other platforms as the ‘compute’ growth engines, so CA’s focus has had to change with the market. The company’s other core competence, software development, has also been under increasing pressure as the world moves to DevOps and the demand for cheap, fast and secure application development that addresses everything from mainframe to mobile, sensors (IoT) to the cloud. So CA has been remaking itself over the last few years and the new and improved software giant showcased a variety of new and improved offerings last week, including new DevOps capabilities with intelligent analytics and integrations for cloud services and virtual networks, and predictive analytics capabilities with machine learning for the mainframe. The company also reinforced its ‘shift left’ messaging, a term originally applied to moving testing to the left on a timeline, i.e. earlier, in the software development cycle. However, CA is using the term in a broader context. Customer expectations are never met, said CEO Mike Gregoire, they always want more. “We call that shift left.” The new digital world is all about “creative disruption and destruction”, said CA’s Ayman Sayed, President and Chief Product Officer, at last week’s event. The world as we know it is changing: “traditional business models are threatened, fading or obsolete,” and the company’s mission is to help customers win digital transformation, “breaking the barriers between ideas and outcomes.” A big part of the company’s...

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CA Embraces ‘Built To Change’ Paradigm
Nov17

CA Embraces ‘Built To Change’ Paradigm

LAS VEGAS: CA World 2016, November 14-18, is focused — not surprisingly — on the Application Economy, and the role it is playing in the unfolding digital transformation sweeping the world. As CA Technologies notes, we all want ‘great apps’ and it is in the business of helping companies create them across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments, and has been doing so since it started life as Computer Associates back in 1976. With annual revenues around $4 billion, it has not been a vendor who dominates the industry, although it does lead in a number of areas like DevOps, identity management, APIs and their security. For its most recent quarter (2QFY17) the company exceeded expectations with revenues of $1.018 billion and income from continuing operations of $212 million. However, it’s new theme (they call it a paradigm), Built To Change, best captures everything that has come to be called digitalization, digital transformation and Industry 4.0. It’s not a new or unique view of the current environment — the concept has been around since at least 2006 — but it represents what going digital means to the world, its customers and prospects, and CA itself better than anything else I’ve seen (IMHO). Creating a business model that is built to last is “out of step with the new digital reality” said CA CEO Mike Grgoire in his opening keynote on Wednesday. He said the idea of sustainable competitive advantage has given way to the more contemporary concept of business agility: the ability to automatically sense, react and adapt quickly to shifting market dynamics. According to CA, ‘Built to Change companies understand that current structures and ecosystems are vulnerable to better ideas. From how they manage talent, to how they avoid being tied to fixed assets, to how they take risks, Built To Change companies focus on business agility, which in turn enables them to drive rapid, continuous improvement in customer experience.’ Perhaps to reinforce the importance of change — and its breakneck pace — Gregoire included a large helping of ‘the right stuff’ in his keynote. His opening presentation was followed by a panel session with astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, aerospace legend Burt Rutan, and rocket scientist Natalie Panek. The company announced a number of new and improved products at the conference, spread across its Agile, DevOps, Security and Mainframe portfolios. “Think of these as core capabilities you will need to move your organization into the future,” said Gregoire. The announcements included: -a new identity-as-a-service solution, to address identity and access management (IAM) needs for both on-premises and cloud-based applications; -new DevOps capabilities with intelligent analytics...

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Compuware: Mainframe Showtime or Showdown?
Jul06

Compuware: Mainframe Showtime or Showdown?

In an industry that can best be characterized by “What have you done for me lately?”, the continued existence of the mainframe is somewhat perplexing. While rumors are circulating that the IBM zSystems (mainframe) division is up for sale, Compuware is continuing its quarterly release cycle cadence with a set of new products and announcements intended to keep Big Iron relevant. Hardware may be mainly about Moore’s Law and smaller, faster and cheaper, but after more than half a century (52 years young, but who’s counting), the mainframe continues to chug along. Almost all Fortune 100 companies – 90% according to IBM – are mainframe users. In addition: -71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core business on the mainframe; -23 of the world’s top 25 retailers use a mainframe; -92% of the top 100 banks use a mainframe; -10 out of 10 of the top insurers use a mainframe; -more than 225 state and local governments worldwide rely on a mainframe; and, -9 of the top 10 global life and health insurance providers process their high-volume transactions on mainframe. However, the world, especially IT, has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, and today everybody is talking about mobile, cloud, analytics and social, and that means more changes, more frequently. Seeking to bring continuous delivery and DevOps to the mainframe, the Compuware has announced code deploy capabilities in its mainframe SCM solution, ISPW, to  help facilitate and speed the SCM-to-production pipeline. It also announced an integration with XebiaLabs, which will encompass the mainframe as part of cross -platform, continuous delivery efforts; and an integration with ConicIT, to help IT operations teams identify and resolve application performance issues rooted in the mainframe. Asked how these announcements position the mainframe against newer — and less-expensive — platforms, Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley told IT Trends & Analysis “It definitely levels the playing field… in the critical first steps the customers has to take to bring DevOps to the mainframe.” He said the first steps include addressing the accelerating release frequency — instead of 6, 12 or 18-month software release cycles, organizations are dealing with monthly, weekly and shorter timeframes; testing the new code; and managing the code to be more agile. In addition, there is also making the whole process accessible to a broader audience, so that the issue of a highly skilled mainframe workforce that is at or nearing retirement does not become an insurmountable barrier. “When you get to that point, the mainframe is now equal to any other platform,” said O’Malley. “I’m trying to make big aggressive statement in the market, it’s showtime!” In his blog about...

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