This feels like déj vu. The last time we were promised a do-all management system for a heterogeneous network was in 1995. At that time, it was in the form of "frameworks" that would provide all the puzzle pieces. We soon learned that this approach left holes that needed to be augmented by specialized point products.
Management of wireless links, WANs, LANs and mainframes all from the same role-based portal is a worthy goal. If delivered as promised, it would reduce network-management costs, improve reliability and make management a whole lot easier. In reality, expect CA's new approach to provide only a little more incremental relief. What's still needed is a single asset-management data store that maintains configuration from wireless to mainframe, desktop to router.