CA Technologies Buys Automation Specialist Automic for $640M

CA will add Automic's automation and orchestration capabilities to its portfolio to give customers more options to address their IT operations and DevOps needs.

CA Technologies, which has made its reputation over the years by buying companies and their IP, and then molding it all into its own product lines, is making an acquisition to bolster its DevOps lineup.

The New York City-based company is adding to its fold Automic Software, which makes new-generation business automation applications for an international clientele.

Last Oct. 4, Automic launched Automic V12, a unified suite of business automation products designed to combine and simplify processes across enterprise operations—including multiple cloud connections—and promote DevOps initiatives. These attributes are cornerstones of new-gen IT systems.

The CA acquisition, announced Dec. 1, is valued at approximately $640 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of CA's fiscal 2017.

Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, Automic employs about 600 people in Europe, North America and Asia.

With Automic, CA will add new cloud-enabled automation and orchestration capabilities across its portfolio and increase its reach into the European market. Automic's European presence coupled with CA's extensive portfolio ostensibly will provide users a global solution that can complement existing technology investments to add automation across the enterprise.

Automic's automation and orchestration capabilities should give CA users more options to address their IT operations and DevOps needs on-premise, in the cloud and hybrid cloud environments, the company said.

With real-time analytics incorporated into the end-to-end platform approach, users will benefit from increased business agility with solutions that move from IT-centric task automation to business-centric intelligent automation and orchestration.
Automic's automation secret sauce supports digital transformation by helping enterprises move from siloed automation to intelligent and orchestrated automation using real-time analytics, the company said.

Founded in 1985, Automic has offices in Vienna, Paris, Asia Pacific Japan (APJ), and Bellevue, Wash. and serves a wide range of customers in the energy, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications sectors.

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