CeBit: Computer Associates bridges wireless management gap

By Brian Fonseca, InfoWorld |  Networking

JOINED BY A host of new wireless partners, Computer Associates (CA) introduced its new Mobile eBusiness Initiative Thursday at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany.

The initiative and new partnerships extend a full range of the Islandia, N.Y.-based software company's management, security, and application development products to wireless networks, said Taoling Xie, director of mobile e-business at CA.

"With wireless coming so soon after the Internet [explosion], a lot of companies are overwhelmed and want a turn-key solution," Xie said. "We've been getting some pushback from customers who don't want to put production on wireless. We will give them the comfort to do that."

CA partners announced at CeBit include Aether Systems, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Motorola, Nokia, and Symbol Technologies.

CA said its wireless-enabled product lines will fall into three categories: infrastructure management, information management, and process management. Infrastructure management will focus on enterprise and security management, leveraging Unicenter TNG (the next generation) and the eTrust security product line for wireless deployment. Information management, which serves to take a single application and deploy it on multiple devices, will include Jasmineii technology and Cool:Plex with Websydian for wireless application development based on WAP (wireless applications protocol). Process management, which refers to the ability to extract or mine data, will include CA's vertical applications, Eureka, and Neugentsii agent technology.

Although the work environment in general is becoming more mobile, mainstream adoption is being hindered by insufficient environments being in place to support the transition, said Jasmine Noel, systems and applications management director for Framingham, Mass.-based Hurwitz Group.

"The thing that is slowing the adoption of wireless ... is the wireless infrastructure is spotty," Noel said. "We're not as far along as Europe and Asia."

Noel said the value-add that CA could offer by integrating the wireless environment with traditional enterprises includes either providing some sort of agent to manage the system or integrating with a third-party tool to manage and view that information across the environment.

"I wouldn't expect someone to manage their infrastructure from their cell phone; that's silly. But in terms of being able to manage those devices, managing those applications or WAP servers for the enterprise, that will be possible. They are on track to do that," she added.

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