CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) today announced a new release of CA Software Change Manager to help organizations better manage and control globally distributed software change initiatives, from request to release. By integrating CA Software Change Manager r12 with CA Clarity, CA Service Desk Manager and CA Software Delivery, CA offers customers the ability to streamline software and operational change management processes and more quickly respond to changing business opportunities and demands.
CA Software Change Manager r12 (formerly known as CA Harvest Change Manager) is designed to support IPv6 and FIPS 140-2, and includes more than 200 process and functionality enhancements such as a completely new developer’s interface and modern development environment. Integrated software change and build management are designed to result in higher quality applications and faster deployment cycles.
According to Enterprise Management Associates, more than 60 percent of all critical system and application outages are caused by inappropriate change. An integrated solution of CA Software Change Manager with CA Service Desk Manager and CA Software Delivery helps organizations prioritize and quickly deliver the right changes with a clear understanding of service dependencies. This helps minimize service interruptions and optimize application maintenance costs.
Organizations managing application portfolios with CA Clarity and managing software change with CA Software Change Manager benefit from the integration as they can better manage release projects with greater confidence that the right governance processes are in-place and projects are delivered on time.
This release is one of 10 new and enhanced Enterprise IT Management (EITM) and Governance solutions CA has announced today to help organizations address IT management issues intensified by today’s challenging economy by better adapting to change, capitalizing on new opportunities and controlling costs.
New Features Help Prevent Business Disruptions:
New Developer Workbench – The new Eclipse™-based, full-featured interface is designed to optimize both traditional and agile software development lifecycles, supporting isolated and shared work areas for optimum flexibility in development. CA Software Change Manager r12 also allows users to custom-configure their interface giving them easier access to the information they need in the way they want to see it for improved developer productivity.
Refactoring Support– CA Software Change Manager r12 is designed to ease refactoring, including Java™ refactoring, by automating the changes in the software change management system. As programmers use refactoring for more agile development, CA Software Change Manager gives them the ability to rename files and paths of the source code without breaking Builds. It also retains full auditing, security permissions, and an archived history of modifications with complete roll back support.
Work Area Synchronization– CA Software Change Manager r12 helps deliver higher quality code faster as it tracks, analyzes and reconciles files that developers are working on while disconnected, and then synchronizes easily with the change management repository at any time, with full control and management of code conflicts and Concurrent Development.
CA Software Change Manager r12 Premium Edition with OpenMake Meister is designed to solve the cost, delay and compliance problems associated with mismanaged builds. While continuing to offer “build forensics” to bridge the production application back to its source code and ease audit processes for compliance needs, CA Software Change Manager r12 has simplified the entire build process by integrating the OpenMake user interface within the CA Software Change Manager interface so developers can see the build while continuing to code.
CA is a leader in helping customers execute successful change management across the enterprise. CA Software Change Manager r12 with CA Endevor Software Change Manager is designed to provide integrated and simultaneous release management for distributed and mainframe platforms. This need has escalated in recent years as businesses deploy SOA-based Web services on the mainframe to support applications on a distributed platform.
“CA Software Change Manager r12 is designed to provide critical functionality in IT change, configuration and release management that helps ensure that customers have an optimized development environment that gives them the flexibility to capitalize on emerging business opportunities,” said Brian Bell, senior vice president and general manger, CA Service Management. “It continues to provide the trusted server technology known by thousands of customers for managing software changes and now combines that with a modernized interface for the developer community.”
“CA Software Change Manager r12 is highly scalable to help meet the diverse needs of an organization’s global development teams, which typically operate with multiple methodologies, multi-platform environments and on multiple projects at the same time,” said Prajval Parthasarathy, vice president, software engineering, CA. “At CA we use CA Software Change Manager in our own development environment to manage the needs of 3,500 developers worldwide. Their work is managed from a single datacenter that requires fewer than four administrators.”
“At Sallie Mae we began incorporating IT Infrastructure Library guidance to improve our IT effectiveness and capitalize on emerging opportunities while reaping the cost savings that come from better processes. In deploying CA Software Change Manager and integrating it with CA Service Desk Manager we have streamlined our application change processes to make it more consistent and automated and in line with ITIL guidance,” said Jo Lee Hayes, vice president of Enterprise Technologies, Sallie Mae. “We worked closely with CA on this new release of CA Software Change Manager and our developers are looking forward to its full deployment at Sallie Mae.”
“We’ve been working with CA Software Change Manager, formerly known as Harvest, for several years and have built a solid business helping organizations solve their software change and configuration management challenges,” Warren McCall, president and CEO, SCM Solutions, Inc., said. “With the enhancements to release 12 of CA Software Change Manager and the price point CA offers, we anticipate our customers will be impressed with the return on investment they can get by using CA Software Change Manager in their application development process.”
“OpenMake is a proud CA partner and this release is the result of many years of cooperation and co-development to help create a seamless solution for software change and build management,” said Stephen King, CEO OpenMake Software. “Modern development requires continuous build management to be part of a complete change solution for quality and compliance needs. CA Software Change Manager r12 Premium Edition delivers that capability.”
“Users increasingly seek integration across the broad swath of change, system service and demand management products to be able to succeed and survive with an increasingly chaotic and unpredictable global economy,” said Melinda Carol-Ballou, IDC program director, Application Lifecycle Management & ITMS. “And in an industry where compliance seems to touch every aspect of IT, the ability to demonstrate control over the software change process is being mandated by businesses to support governance and corporate compliance initiatives.”
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CA (NASDAQ: CA) is the world’s leading independent IT management software company. With CA’s Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision and expertise, organizations can more effectively govern, manage and secure IT to optimize business performance and sustain competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.ca.com.
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