CA responds to Middle East closure rumours

CA insists it has strong commitment to the region amid rumours that Middle East operations might close

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  January 24, 2008

Infrastructure software vendor CA has responded to speculation over the future of its Middle East operations by expressing its "strong commitment" to the region.

Rumours have been circulating the market that the software vendor could be planning to close its Middle East office, creating uncertainty among staff and channel partners.

According to channel sources, senior management at the company have assured employees that there is no truth in the speculation and reiterated plans to remain focused on the region.

In a statement issued to Channel Middle East, Olivia Bellingham, corporate communications director at CA, said the vendor "has a strong commitment to the market and continues to invest heavily in the region".

She added that CA's dedication to the Middle East is underscored by its ongoing investment in local markets throughout the region. CA recently ran a series of marketing events in Levant and Turkey, as well as sponsoring key IT summits in Turkey and the UAE. This quarter it intends to hold a seven-day roadshow throughout the Gulf and Saudi to highlight recovery management and network and voice management solutions.

CA, which is a strong proponent of the indirect model, is also committed to driving further growth through its channel partners, said Bellingham. "Last quarter, CA's regional staff conducted online sales readiness training for about 230 people in the Middle East, Levant and Turkey, and classroom training for about 60 people," she stated. "In the next two months, we will be conducting classroom training for approximately 80 additional people."

It is thought that the uncertainty over CA's future in the Middle East could have been sparked by events in the Asia-Pacific region at the end of last year. CA closed several offices, including its Taiwanese and Malaysian operations, in order to transition to a new channel strategy that involves select CA partners acting as its local sales interface.

4134 days ago
Mark Anthony

The above posted comment is absolutely wrong when it says that CA wants it's employs to leave, to avoid giving compensation. In fact many employees started applying for jobs elsewhere when the rumours came out. CA has made internal announcements and press announcements to make their employees stay back and re-assure them that CA is not going anywhere. Nobody is loosing their jobs at CA Middle East. CA is not the kind of company that would play such dirty tricks with it's employees. Then you want to start another rumour...CA is is transferring it's rights to MDS...sick.

4136 days ago

CA has fueled the rumours by sending out an announcement... It's a good way of making sure employees get out of the company to avoid giving them compensation package when they will close down the shop... Let's see how the channel community will react when they will get to know that CA rights in the region will be transfered to MDS...

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