Swainson in his keynote also acknowledged the issues confronting IT today, including the need to reduce cost and downtime, improve on IT governance, increase IT agility, and manage risks more effectively. Faced with reducing the percentage of its budget apportioned to day-to-day operations, while meeting increased service-level requirements, IT requires tools that allow it to manage itself "like any other business process," he said.CAs vision to help IT deal with such issuesits Enterprise IT Management strategyis built around technology designed to simplify the management of IT across the enterprise through an "integrated, automated platform," he said. "At last we will use technology to manage technology. We built a common platform of services that underlie all our products. EITM will allow enterprises to align all IT resources with business needs and create an effective, efficient infrastructure. It is designed to unify and simplify management of infrastructure, assets, applications and business processes." Click here to read about CAs reorganization into five business units. The foundation of that vision is the set of common services that underlie 26 new or enhanced products integrated through a common management database, user interface and more, along with a total of 86 products that exploit those services in some way. "EITM is real. Its been tested by more than 500 customers. You will get a better sense over the next few days of how EITM can work for you," he promised. Swainson sought to bolster CAs message by replaying a video message from Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced that CA will be a co-author of the Web Services Management Specifications. Ballmer also said that CA and Microsoft are integrating CA Unicenter management applications with Microsoft desktop and system management software. How that differs from previous integration efforts was not outlined. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
"Vendors like to talk about taking control, but IT organizations must take a more holistic approach to ensure that as complex infrastructure evolves, it complements what you already have. This is the mandate for the next phase of IT evolution. It falls to companies like CA to solve the challenge of business complexity while being efficient," Swainson said.