CA wants to put your information technology under new management. One of the world's largest software companies, CA provides tools for managing networks, databases, applications, storage, security, and other systems. Its applications work across both mainframes and distributed computing environments, including cloud computing products. The company also offers consulting, implementation, and training services. It markets worldwide to businesses, government agencies, and schools. CA has actively used acquisitions to expand its product lines and grow its customer base. The company's largest individual shareholder is the 100-year-old Swiss billionaire Walter Haefner, who owns about one quarter of CA.
The company's product strategy includes remaining focused on its core strengths in mainframe, application, and network management software while expanding offerings for related areas such as IT asset management, security software, and cloud computing. CA offers many of its products under the cloud computing, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, efforts the company accelerated in 2010. It has also begun branding itself as CA Technologies in an effort to emphasize its wide-reaching capabilities in managing IT environments.
Historically a highly acquisitive company, CA continues to expand its application portfolio with strategic purchases. In 2011 the company bought public sector consultancy Base Technologies to firm up its services for government clients. Base Technologies specialized in management of government IT assets in such areas as virtualization, mainframes, network security, and network infrastructure. Also that year, CA bought Interactive TKO (ITKO) for $330 million in cash to extend the range of its service portfolio. ITKO specialized in service simulation software used to develop applications in composite and cloud computing environments.
The year also brought an acquisition that forwarded CA's SaaS aspirations when it bought the Netherlands-based Website performance monitoring company Watchmouse, which CA now offers as an add-on product within the Nimsoft business.
The Nimsoft purchase in 2010 for $350 million in cash was to expand CA's IT asset management software line. The acquisition strengthened its offerings for small and midsized clients, a newer area of focus for the company. Smaller deals that year included the purchases of 3Tera, Hyperformix, and Oblicore. Also that year CA acquired privately held security software provider Arcot Systems for around $200 million in cash. The purchase added identity authentication and fraud prevention software for Web-based transactions; it expands CA's Identity and Access Management (IAM), including cloud-based, security offerings. Among recent divestitures, in 2010 the company sold its Information Governance business to Autonomy in order to focus on its core product lines.
CA sells directly and through various resale channels, with software subscriptions and maintenance fees accounting for the majority of revenues. The company primarily focuses on large corporations with the resources to make substantial investments in hardware and software. Target industries include financial services and insurance, government, health care, manufacturing, retail, and technology.
Partners include systems integrators such as Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as managed services providers, including Hewlett-Packard and IBM. It also maintains technology partnerships to ensure the interoperability of its products with offerings from such companies as Microsoft, SAP, and VMware.
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