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LAS VEGAS – CA Inc. has unveiled anew line of management and governance software-as-a-service (SaaS)offerings aimed at cash strapped IT shops.

The company kicked off its annualCA World user conference in Las Vegas with a strong focus on the waysIT can make wise investments during the global economic recession.  Theblueprint, according to CA, appears to be all about “on demand” ITmanagement, as it launched three new SaaS services for companieslooking to get the most to get the most value out of their softwaredeployments.

“We’re absolutely committed tothis business model because the risk passes from the customer directlyto the ISV,” Jules Ehrlich, senior vice-president and GM of the ondemand business unit at CA, said. “It’s not a trivial investment forcompanies.”

CA Clarity PPM On Demand is a newenterprise project and portfolio management tool that allows IT tomanage services, projects, resources, and financials through any Webbrowser. The company said that using a SaaS model for these mechanismswill allow companies to expand these services at their own rate – evenon a tight budget.

The CA GRC Manager On Demand,which can store and map corporate policies to regulatory mandates,allows companies’ to handle governance and risk management withoutmaking a huge capital investment upfront, CA said.

Marc Camm, senior vice-presidentand GM of GRC at CA, said that regulatory and compliance standards arebeing felt enterprise-wide and is certainly not going away anytimesoon. The on demand GRC offering, he said, will allow companies to saveon training and support costs, while increasing the speed and volume ofreform and regulation software deployments. 

The company’s final announcement,CA Instant Recovery On Demand, is aimed at the SME market and willensure continuous availability of critical business applications in theevent of a system crash.  If a system goes down, CA will step in and automatically become the failover system.

As for other SaaS tools from CA,Ehrlich added that a SaaS-based identity management tool will likely bethe next phase of the company’s “on demand” plan.

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