CA moves to Web-enable change management software

By Marc L. Songini, Computerworld |  Software

Computer Associates International Inc. today announced that it's Web-enabling portions of its change management software line and combining the products into a single suite, in a move aimed at simplifying the configuration and re-engineering of business applications by users.

Change management software allows corporate IT workers to revise, update and alter applications in order to keep them in tune with internal business needs and processes. Islandia, N.Y.-based CA claimed that the new features it's adding will appeal to users who prefer the look and feel of a Web browser rather than traditional user interfaces.

For example, CA is releasing a new Web-based version of its Endevor change management tool for mainframes. Tom Brown, source management administrator at American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland, said in an interview today that Endevor Webstation could make it easier for users at the greeting-card maker to reconfigure applications.

American Greetings has used Endevor for the past 10 years, but Brown said developers currently have to go to a standard mainframe user interface in order to make source code changes when new cards are introduced. Endevor Webstation would let them retrieve and reconfigure the necessary mainframe-based source code from a browser, he explained.

Brown said American Greetings, which has 6 million lines of mainframe code to keep track of, plans to evaluate the new release for potential use. Meanwhile, the company in the next couple of weeks plans to roll out a new release of CA's CCC/Harvest 5.0 client/server change management tool that also now includes Web browser support.

CA said CCC/Harvest will also now work with any database that supports the Open Database Connectivity specification; previously, it could only be used with Oracle Corp.'s databases. CA also announced today an upgrade of its Web CM software for managing online content, with new content analysis features. All of the new releases are due to become available this summer, according to the company.

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