Gupta Lays Out Keys to an Extended Enterprise

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-10-01
 
 
 
Success in todays business world not only requires adherence to standards for things like Web services and security, but it also encompasses a series of success factors, according Yogesh Gupta, chief technology officer at Computer Associates International Inc.

Gupta, in his keynote address at the Fall Internet World show in New York Tuesday, said the success factors that will enable companies to achieve what he referred to as an extended enterprise include integration, information delivery/presentation, operational intelligence, security, manageability, heterogeneity and scale.

While there are a number of conflicting standards on many of the technological issues, Gupta said CA has moved ahead with implementations in each of these areas, aimed at helping its customers meet their business needs and achieve the goal of an extended enterprise.

Gupta said CA is working to enable users to access Web services on any device.

"One of the things we at CA are trying to do is solve this problem out of the box," he said. "We have a portal server that delivers the service to the right [mobile] device." The portal, Gupta said, supports the Java 2 Enterprise Edition framework as well as Microsoft Corp.s .Net framework, and is based on Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI).

Gupta and a CA colleague demonstrated the capability using a handheld device and CAs ServiScope--an internal wizard-driven portal within CA that enables users to publish Web services for delivery to a number of platforms, including smart devices.

Operational intelligence is an area that has yet to be truly tapped, Gupta said. CA is pioneering in the area and is looking at automating business rules and adaptive pattern recognition, he said. Web services is an enabler here, Gupta added.

"For the past 25 years we looked at intelligence after the fact, but we need to be able to look at intelligence while the process is going on," Gupta said. "In the real world its all about applying intelligence right there."

Gupta criticized Web security efforts to date. "We need to focus less on threat management and more on true identity management and access control," he said.

"There is no real Web standard out there for security," he said. Indeed, the WS-Security effort spearheaded by Microsoft and IBM does not go far enough to extend to the kind of "secure end-to-end security management" Gupta recommends.

"I believe the success of the enterprise at the security level has to do with managing the directory" and the major security components, such as securing identity, access, threats and management functions.

Meanwhile, Gupta, who said CA is active in the major groups, called for additional help from the standards bodies.

He said there is no standard for quality of service and no standard for service levels. CA is looking to start a working group to begin an effort to come up with standards in these areas, Gupta said.

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