Saturday, 21 November 2015 08:13

CA increases emphasis on agile

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Software vendor CA Technologies announced an increased bet on agile at its annual conference in Las Vegas.

A new release of CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) integrates with CA Agile Central (the former Rally Agile Application Lifecycle Management product; pictured). By uniting these tools, CA provides a combined view of agile and traditional projects.

This gives CA the unique advantage of providing customers with an agnostic approach combining waterfall and agile development,  CA APJ CTO Stephen Miles told iTWire. It means they can manage both environments in one place, with a single portfolio view, he added.

Most organisations will be in "a hybrid world for many years to come."

CA APJ senior director of ITBM solution sales Rob Carruthers told iTWire this integration was "great news" that strengthens the company's position in the portfolio and product management segment, and the addition of agile support shows "we're responding to what the market is doing."

"Companies are made or broken on how quickly they can deliver innovation while still managing within the resource and funding constraints of the business," said CA general manager of IT business management James Harvey.

"Leading with the best agile coaches in the industry, our agile management solution portfolio is the first of its kind to tightly connect business strategy with development execution, creating a high-speed work environment."

More than 276,000 people use CA Agile Central and more than 30,000 people have received CA Agile Training.

CA CEO Mike Gregoire told journalists that the company believed it will need to provide agile-related professional services for at least another two years. Rally (acquired by CA earlier this year) has the best agile coaches in the world, he said, and "we would not want to dilute that."

CA APJ president Kenneth Arredondo told iTWire that Rally has a significant presence in Sydney and Melbourne, and can offer "a rigorous and formal program" for agile methodology training.

And CA ANZ CTO Jason Pope told iTWire that Australia was the first country in the APJ region to fully integrate Rally into the broader CA operation, and the company can now talk to customers about process and how their organisations are going to change, not just about technology.

"I'm a big believer in agile," CA chief product officer Ayman Sayed told journalists at the event. It puts the customer at the centre of everything you do, and it allows businesses to respond quickly to change.

The combination of agile and devops can halve the time to deployment, reduce defects by 60%, and allow three times as many releases in a given period, he said. "The whole world is moving to agile," and agile and devops are becoming mainstream practices.

"I came [to CA] from being a customer," Sayed said, and there is "compelling evidence" from customers about the benefits of agile and CA's tools.

Asked whether the company's training services put it into competition with its partners, Sayed said there are not enough agile coaches in the world, so CA will invest in this area as well as working with its partner network to address this huge opportunity.

Please read the separate reports of CA's devops and security announcements.

Disclosure: The writer attended CA World as a guest of the company


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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 and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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