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A new hybrid iPad/SaaS application from CA Technologies is designed to help achieve the holy grail of alignment of IT with the business.

CA Technologies' Clarity Playbook helps align IT activity with corporate goals by linking plans, projects and initiatives, extracting information from Clarity PPM and other portfolio management systems.

Playbook is "a CIO's really best friend," according to CEO Mike Gregoire.

Playbook comprises a SaaS application plus an iPad app that provides the user interface.

General manager, service and portfolio development Lokesh Jindal said Playbook was developed completely in-house, and is built on the CA Platform the company created for its SaaS applications.

CA Platform provides a range of services, including user experience, administration (in terms of user access and connection to other systems), billing and metering, and collaboration.

The idea behind Playbook is to allow organisations to move from traditional planning cycles to "perpetual planning." Since changes in the market are not annual, why do organisations think they can make annual plans?, he asked.

Playbook allows IT initiatives to be linked to corporate and business unit goals, and its dashboards help track performance against the plans in terms of business outcomes.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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