From CAWorld: Taking life-cycle tack
- By Jack Vaughan
As part of its kick-off at CAWorld 2004 in Las Vegas, Computer Associates
(CA) officials will describe a renewed effort to promote an application
life-cycle software strategy with a wider collection of products now placed
under the AllFusion umbrella. Like competitor IBM, the company expects
life-cycle approaches to gain traction as ''on-demand'' computing grows.
CA's John Meyer, the firm's vice president of business strategy, said the firm will embrace standards to improve tools
integration. CA intends to use IBM-originated Eclipse standards to integrate its
life-cycle management offerings. Application life cycle approaches, said Meyer,
will be based around well-connected analysis, modeling, construction change,
configuration and meta data management, and testing tools.
As longtime observers point out, Computer Associates has obtained many
diverse software suites over the years. Connecting them using industry standards
could therefore be a big plus. The strategy aimed at connecting some of those
products has taken time to coalesce, and there is further work ahead.
We asked Meyer how things have changed in development tool strategies over the
years, pointing to the considerable effort CA has gathered around the Jasmine
object environment several years ago. He said customers today want to be able to
swap in tools as needed, and that standards such as Eclipse can support
''Jasmine was a conglomeration of products with one name. It was a Holy Grail
environment, one environment. Now we say 'open source is important.' Now we will
integrate with Eclipse. Previously, around Jasmine, it was a bet on CA -- all or
nothing,'' said Meyer.
''Now you can get to it if you want it. Where there are standards, we are
going to support them,'' he added.
To begin with, CA is using Eclipse for integration for its change management
tool suites. ''We are starting with change management and building upon that,''
Looking out 12 to 18 months, according to the company, business portfolio
planning, business modeling and requirements management software will be
enhanced and integrated.
At CAWorld, company representatives outlined a host of open-source-related
efforts. Ingres Enterprise Relational Database for Linux will be open sourced in
90 days under a CA Trusted Open Source License. CA will work with JBoss Inc. to
forge links between the JBoss app server and Ingres DB. The company is also
embracing Zope Python-based open-source software for content management and
other tasks. CA officials said Ingres will also be the initial database
underlying Zope RDBMS Persistence Engine.
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.