Computer Associates International is readying plans to integrate components of the AllFusion suite with its network-management software to compete more aggressively against IBM's Rational and Tivoli software brands, sources close to the company said.
The plan, part of CA's on-demand computing strategy, echoes that of IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and other vendors that are tying together software assets to provide applications and services that can be redeployed or provisioned on the fly.
"Everyone is trying to have software that will interoperate between different platforms and they want to create an atmosphere that they can provide [customers] with everything they need," said Javed Matin, CEO of Myriad Solutions, a solution provider in Silver Spring, Md. "That's one of the things CA would like to do, too."
As a component of on-demand computing, some vendors are building out their application life-cycle management strategies so that applications are better built from the ground up.
For example, IBM recently began offering integration between Rational Robot, a testing and monitoring tool, and the Tivoli Monitor for Transaction Performance, which monitors network response time and availability, as well as identifies transaction failures.