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Transformation Services Director at CA Technologies (formerly Rally Software)

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

Good day! This is Shane Hastie with InfoQ and we're here at Agile 2015. I'm with Eric Willeke. Eric, welcome! You are the Regional Services Director for Rally? Becoming Computer Associates at some point, after the merger. You and I have met each other before but most of the audience probably haven't come across you. Would you mind briefly introducing yourself? 

Absolutely. I'm currently a Regional Services Director for Rally. I lead a team of consultants who help with organizational change and agile adoption. In my case, predominantly up and down the East Coast, as one of multiple teams around the world. Prior to that, I've lead transformations as a member of a similar team, in past lives. I've come up through the architecture and development ranks and just been involved in trying to deliver value from various perspectives for a number of years.

 

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CA Technologies unveils new release of CA Privileged Access Manager

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

The new release of CA Privileged Access Manager helps control privileged user access to dynamic VMware NSX environments. Updates to CA Identity Suite help simplify identity governance for all users, and a new product, CA Data Content Discovery, helps address compliance demands by discovering and classifying mainframe data. With these new capabilities, CA is improving how businesses protect against security breaches, while helping them to more confidently implement the digital systems and applications that power the application economy.

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CA increases emphasis on agile

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

A new release of CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) integrates with CA Agile Central (the former Rally Agile Application Lifecycle Management product; pictured). By uniting these tools, CA provides a combined view of agile and traditional projects.

This gives CA the unique advantage of providing customers with an agnostic approach combining waterfall and agile development,  CA APJ CTO Stephen Miles told iTWire. It means they can manage both environments in one place, with a single portfolio view, he added.

Most organisations will be in "a hybrid world for many years to come."

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CA Discusses the Future of the MSP Market

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
In this sponsored FastChat, CA Technologies' Global MSP Lead Justine Harris' sits down with Penton Technology's Contributing Editor Ryan Morris to discuss the future of the MSP market. Hear Harris' perspective on what opportunities are available for service providers.
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IT training and education struggle to keep pace with DevOps

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

With DevOps, containers, and microservices it seems that  things change almost as quickly as you start to think you understand them. How can formal education–like college degree programs–or IT training worth investing the time and effort in possibly keep up and stay relevant?

I wrote this post about the challenges of keeping IT education on pace with the quickly-changing world of DevOps:

IT education has been a problem since the dawn of IT. Things change quickly in the world of technology, and it’s difficult for institutionalized education to keep up. By the time a college-level course is developed and the associated textbook has been written, edited, and published, much of the information is already obsolete. Now that we’ve entered the era of DevOps, that rate of change has reached hyper speed and doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon.

A recent article described the ongoing struggle companies face to find the right skills and talent. The article cites a study from CA Technologies that highlights some of the challenges, including a growing skills gap in the apps economy as organizations shift to a software-driven mindset. The article sums it up: “Ultimately, the lack of skilled—or available—workers is fueling company concerns. According to the CA Technologies survey, 42 [percent]of respondents said that the lack of knowledge or requisite skills prevented them from effective responses within the app economy, with 52 [percent]saying that governmental assistance or investment in technical or STEM education could go a long way to closing the gap.”

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More than a third of UK firms are spending £1m or more on DevOps per year

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

The 2015 State of DevOps Report, conducted by Vanson Bourne for "data-as-a-service" firm Delphix, found that DevOps was becoming increasingly prevalent in UK organisations - with 77 per cent having introduced dedicated budgets and support teams for DevOps.

The term DevOps refers to the integration of the roles of developers, who build and test IT services, and the teams that are responsible for deploying and maintaining IT operations. Only recently has the concept gained widespread acceptance, having previously been regarded as just another IT buzzword.

A 2013, a CA Technologies poll found that 45 respondents didn't know what DevOps was, and another 17 per cent thought it was all hype. Just last year, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of IT decision makers claimed that they were not familiar with the term. Slowly, it seems, IT leaders are getting to grips with DevOps, with Gartner believing DevOps will become mainstream next year.

 

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CA hikes dividend, launches $750M buyback, strikes $590M repurchase deal; shares +3.5%

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

CA has also struck a deal to buy back 22M shares from top shareholder Careal Holding at $26.81 apiece, yielding a total price of $590M. The deal "effectively concludes" CA's prior $1B buyback. A new $750M buyback (good for repurchasing 6% of shares at current levels) has been authorized

The systems management software firm expects its buybacks to boost FY16 (ends March '16) EPS by $0.03. The company had $2.46B in cash at the end of September, and $1.66B in debt.

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CA Technologies advances DevOps Portfolio to address unique Challenges across the entire software development life cycle

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

CA Technologies today announced new products in the CA DevOps portfolio that drive business agility and competitive advantage through simplified and faster development and test, and through deeper network visibility

New CA API Management products accelerate API creation and mobile app development, while CA Service Virtualization – now available via Microsoft® Azure™ Marketplace – streamlines application simulation and test. The comprehensive portfolio also includes two new, organically developed monitoring solutions: CA Virtual Network Assurance, that gives operations teams industry-first assurance for dynamic virtual networks and legacy infrastructure, and CA Unified Infrastructure Management for z Systems, the only unified infrastructure management solution to provide comprehensive visibility of services that span mobile-to-mainframe systems in a single view.

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4 DevOps strategies to stop your application having sand kicked in its face

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

While recently thumbing through some old comic books, I got a laugh from all the quirky advertisements. Fantastic promotions of awesome gadgets – like x-ray specs and radio wrist watches. Each designed to extract a gullible kid’s hard earned allowance. Of course they were all too good to be true and probably left many kids disappointed — and maybe like me, just a tad cynical.

I spied one ad that actually got me thinking about DevOps. It’s the famous “kick sand in your face” strip, which to those unfamiliar offered “98 pound weaklings” a sure fire program to build muscles, beat up bullies, and make lots of new friends down at the beach.

In IT we also have weakling apps we wish could be stronger. Services so brittle and fragile that any proposed change, update or enhancement is seen as risky – perhaps even career threatening.

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VIDEO: Nimble channels profiting in App Economy: Alyssa Fitzpatrick, CA Technologies

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
CA channel chief Alyssa Fitzpatrick discusses technologies’ breadth of customers and depth of solutions.
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Guest View: The boardroom’s code problem—and what to do about it

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
Great code enables companies to better engage customers, make smarter decisions, and disrupt markets—or at least keep pace with disruptive competitors—while avoiding security and compliance risks. So boards have to worry about it.

Code is also a growing boardroom concern because of changing board demographics. Once upon a time, board members were vertical market veterans whose eyes glazed over when C-level executives came into the room talking technology. Nowadays, companies are recruiting tech-savvy board members who can provide strong strategic guidance for the digital marketplace.

This board-level engagement in all things DevOps poses a significant problem to senior IT executives. Historically, after all, IT leaders mostly had to just worry about explaining to the board what IT did.

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Citrix A Continue Partnership with Plans To Integrate NetScaler and SiteMinder

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

To strike this tricky performance/compliance balance, Citrix and CA will integrate a set of complementary technologies, including hosting of federated identity and SSO, VPN, application acceleration, application firewalling and load balancing – all without the need for separate physical or virtual devices, according to officials from Citrix and CA.

Strong identity and access management is key to securing complex web properties and services, especially to address today’s needs for compliance and threat environments, according to Mike Denning, senior vice president and general manager of CA’s security business unit.  

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Does being a Digital Disrupter pay in revenue growth?

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32

On the role of software as a business enabler in today’s application economy, it’s clear that digital transformation has reached every aspect of business.

Put simply, CA Technologies findings claim that exploiting modern technology and communications to transform one or more key aspects of business to achieve a state of digital readiness has now become a mainstream activity to drive return on investment (ROI).

In revealing results of a global study, findings claim that in the application economy, businesses are moving at the “speed of light” to leapfrog their competition and accelerate the digital transformation of their organisation.

The study, Exploiting the Software Advantage: Lessons from Digital Disrupters, found that Digital Transformation is being driven as a coordinated strategy across a majority of organisations (55 per cent), with many projects underway in multiple areas of the company, including customer services, sales and marketing, and product/service development.

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VIDEO Stay agile to thrive in App economy: Stephen Miles, CA Technologies

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
The preferred touch point of mobile device is compelling CIOs to transform their business into proactive software factories, says Stephen Miles, CTO APJ, CA Technologies.
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How Agile Operations can increase business productivity

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
As a result, ‘experience loyalty’ has taken precedence over ‘brand loyalty’, meaning if customers (or end- users) are unhappy with the app performance, they will have no qualms in leaving a brand and moving on to the next one. In response, businesses are pursuing digital transformation strategies by adding digital components to all of their products and services that not only enhances the user experience, but also provides alternate route to wider market segments.

To that effect, organizations are increasingly adopting DevOps to transform their businesses. While agile development and continuous delivery remains a top priority, IT operations teams are also aiming to become more agile, without sacrificing the operational stability that has been their claim to fame.

Operations groups have been managing and monitoring infrastructure and applications since the emergence of IT. But, with dynamic evolution of IT infrastructure and emergence of new application-based technologies, this task has become increasingly ubiquitous. Many enterprises are experiencing ‘are we in a maze?’ complex with their decades-old legacy systems. This leads to compromised user experience as well as lack of any visibility or control into business service performance, resulting in extended ‘mean-time-to-resolution’ (MTTR), and ultimately leading to the point of business experiencing an erosion of ‘experience loyalty’.
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Comparing the best data loss prevention products

News from CA - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:32
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Serena Software Sponsors DevOps Days London

SERENA Press Releases - Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:08
Community-led event to discuss how enterprises can adopt DevOps ST. ALBANS, UK – 13th March 2013 – Serena Software, the leader in Orchestrated IT solutions, today announced that it will be attending the DevOps Days London conference. The event, which will be held in London on the 15th and 16th of March 2013, is a [...]
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