CA shakes up its product portfolio

Computer Associates is looking at streamlining its bulging product portfolio, with hundreds of its older products likely to be moved into maintenance mode, senior executives said last week.

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By  Peter Branton Published  February 27, 2005

Computer Associates is looking at streamlining its bulging product portfolio, with hundreds of its older products likely to be moved into maintenance mode, senior executives said last week. John Swainson, who took over as president and CEO of CA in November last year, is driving the initiative. He wants the company to focus on the areas where it is strongest, namely security and systems management. CA has one of the largest software portfolios in the industry, with an estimated 1000-plus products, the legacy of a string of acquisitions over the past 20 years. “At corporate level its clear that we have a huge portfolio of products because the company has acquired so many other companies in the past,” said Gilbert Lacroix, vice president and general manager for CA in Arab countries. “We need to do a number of things and that includes better focus. We’re trying to accelerate the fields where we can be number one in,” he said. CA won’t be “dropping” customers, Lacroix insisted, with the company looking to provide maintenance and support for them, even if their products are no longer considered strategic. “We’ll see with customers what they need to do,” he said. “If they’ve invested in this product, we will see what needs to be done with them.” As an example, Lacroix said, the company has a number of users in the UAE and Saudi Arabia of some of its older CoolGen mainframe development tools. “We recruited somebody from CA Europe who is an expert on this tool and got him over here,” he said.

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