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Posted by John Rakowski on April 25, 2013
“If you are in the tech business, you need to be willing and able to change”
This statement was made by Michael P Gregoire, CA Technologies’ (CA) new CEO and it pretty much summed up the vibe at CA World 13 this week. I have to admit, as I sat with my fellow Forrester colleagues, Eveline Oehrlich, Courtney Bartlett, Peter O’Neill and Glenn O’Donnell, waiting for the opening keynote I had thoughts in my head of the CA of old. These were formed during my time as an enterprise management consultant in which I saw CA make numerous, good acquisitions but struggle to keep their promises of integration and simplicity – two key ingredients for good enterprise management solutions. To be fair, this has not just been a problem for CA though, as many of the other large solution providers in this space have tripped over the same hurdles.
But, times are changing and the IT Management market is experiencing a renaissance with innovative new solutions that aim to accelerate I&O professionals adoption of Business Service Management (BSM). BSM until now has been a utopian dream but with the increased complexity of IT, from a people, process and technology perspective, means that this now has to become a reality for enterprise IT organizations. Encouragingly, some solution providers in this space are rising to the challenge and judging by the vision and energy portrayed by CA execs over the course of CA World 13 – CA could end up being one of the front-runners of the pack.
This is because CA talked about putting their customers first, helping their customers become more agile by providing guidance and solutions around DevOps which will lead to true “Business Service innovation” or as the tag line for this event stated – “IT With Impact”. Obviously, time will tell or more importantly CA’s customers will determine whether the vision turns into reality, but CA are definitely a business to keep on your radar over the coming years. Vision and strategy takes time to bed in and so CA World 2018, five years from now, could very well be a key milestone or litmus test to check the success of the strategic journey on which CA is embarking.
There were many announcements made at CA World including the acquisitions of Nolio (Application Release Automation) and Layer7 (API Management) but for this post I would like to concentrate on the vision outlined by CA execs over the last couple of days:
So there you have it, CA is setting out to prove that a leopard can change its spots. CA World 13 showed that you don’t have to be a small-medium sized company to be disruptive as it’s largely about the employees, their desire to change and make a difference. Forrester saw the desire and energy to change during this conference. The stage is set, the audience is waiting so it’s now time for CA to start the show.
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