CA Taps Nexio Technologies to Deliver Mainframe 2.0 Out-Tasking to Canadian Customers



    
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    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - As part of its far-reaching Mainframe 2.0
initiative, CA (NASDAQ:   CA) today named Montreal-based Nexio Technologies as
part of its business partner network to deliver Out-Tasking for Canada. Nexio
will deliver turnkey management software and services solutions that will
enable customers to better govern, manage, and secure their mainframe
environments, despite budget and staffing constraints.
    CA's innovative "Out-Tasking" is an accelerated time to value turnkey
offering that combines software delivery with well-defined management services
in a single subscription-based package. This combined software and services
approach helps deliver rapid ROI by enabling customers to quickly and
cost-effectively address key mainframe management challenges so that they can
more effectively fulfill service-level agreements, maintain policy compliance,
and optimize application performance.
    Mainframe workloads continue to grow as the mainframe becomes an even
more compelling platform because of its reliability, scalability, security,
price/performance, and energy-efficiency. At the same time, many IT
organizations are experiencing shortfalls in mainframe staffing and skills or
extremely heavy workloads. Budget constraints may also prevent them from
hiring highly experienced mainframe professionals and deploying advanced
management solutions. As a result, some key management processes are not
completed or are being done sub-optimally.
    Because the software is not directly licensed by the customer and the
customer obtains its benefits through a turnkey services offering, the
customer may be able to fund Out-Tasking from operating budgets rather than
from restricted IT capital budgets.

    Business Alliance with Nexio Technologies

    CA selected Nexio Technologies, a leader in IT governance risk and
control services, as its Canadian Out-Tasking business partner due to the
depth of its experience in mainframe consulting and the quality of its service
management. Nexio has been a CA business partner for more than 10 years.
    "Decades of experience with mainframes have taught us how IT
organizations can fall short of their objectives and how to best remediate
operational shortfalls," said François Dansereau, chief information officer,
Nexio Technologies. "With CA's Out-Tasking offering, Canadian mainframe users
will be able to rapidly leverage the power of our expertise and the power of
CA's technical expertise with a single, economical decision."
    The initial Out-Tasking solution to be delivered by Nexio will be CA
Compliance Out-Tasking for Mainframe Security. This solution features:

    
    -   Mainframe Access Control, based on CA Cleanup, which provides routine
        maintenance of security definitions. This service includes hands-on
        assistance in the identification and removal of obsolete, unused and
        rogue user IDs and access rights.

    -   Mainframe System Integrity, based on CA Auditor for z/OS(R), which
        identifies vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement in an
        organization's z/OS security policies. This service includes hands-on
        assistance in identification and interpretation of potential security
        issues associated with the status and/or changes in status of the
        z/OS operating system, programs, files, and libraries.
    

    CA's Compliance Out-Tasking for Mainframe Security is delivered remotely
and includes a software subscription, customized software implementation,
baseline assessment, around-the-clock monitoring, on-demand reporting,
periodic performance reviews, knowledge transfer, and expert advice on
relevant mainframe management best practices.
    "A shortage of experienced mainframe experts in Canada has led the many
organizations that rely on mainframes to look for outside help," said Jimmy
Fulton, vice president and country manager, CA Canada. "Together, CA and Nexio
are responding to this need with well-defined offerings that address the most
common and egregious shortfalls in customers' internal capabilities."
    Nexio expects to begin delivering Out-Tasking services to new and
existing CA customers by February, 2009. In the United States, Out-Tasking
solutions will initially be delivered in conjunction with CA service provider
Acxiom(R) Corporation, a leading provider of IT services including remote
infrastructure management and mainframe hosting.

    Mainframe 2.0 Initiative and the Mainframe in Canada

    Out-Tasking is part of CA's Mainframe 2.0 initiative, which addresses
both the evolving role of the mainframe and the fact that many IT
organizations are facing the retirement of their most experienced mainframe
professionals. Key mainframe challenges to be addressed by Out-Tasking will
include compliance requirements, capacity planning, chargeback reporting,
database management, service level management, change management, and system
diagnostics.
    CA has been helping global companies make the most of their mainframe
investments for over 30 years. The mainframe continues to be the core platform
for the global enterprise-running business-essential applications and hosting
some of the world's most critical data. In its 2007 ESM/Virtualization
Worldwide Survey(*), The Strategic Counsel estimated that more than 30 per cent
of Canadian enterprise-class organizations continue to rely on mainframes as
an important computing platform. The Strategic Counsel also estimated that
more than 16 per cent of Canadian enterprise-class businesses rely on
mainframes as their most mission-critical platform.

    About CA

    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.

    About Nexio Technologies

    Established in 1994, Nexio is a leader in the delivery of comprehensive
products and services designed to help organizations' facilitate IT governance
and compliance. At the heart of its success is experience and innovation. With
each client opportunity, Nexio endeavors to help clients move beyond
traditional IT approaches and continuously improve their bottom line
performance. Nexio offers a comprehensive portfolio of IT professional
services and tools dedicated to integrating people, processes, and technology.
Nexio's flagship application, Nucleus, helps companies optimize the
productivity of their IT organizations and improve the alignment of IT
investments with business priorities. Nexio's world class team comes from the
ranks of leading global companies and have acquired years of practical,' real
world' experience in the application of the advanced IT and service delivery
frameworks we endorse, implement and teach. Nexio delivers the timely insight
and guidance required to ensure success. For more information: www.nexio.com.

    (*)The ESM/Virtualization Worldwide Survey was conducted by The Strategic
Counsel between January 2 and February 2, 2007. A total of 969 e-mail and
telephone surveys were conducted among a random sample of IT professionals
throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific/Japan. Respondent
organizations were limited by size to organizations with 500 or more
employees.

    Trademarks

    Copyright (C) 2009 CA. All Rights Reserved. One CA Plaza, Islandia, N.Y.
11749. All trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos referenced herein
belong to their respective companies. z/OS is a registered trademark of IBM
Corporation in the United States, and other countries. Acxiom is a registered
trademark of Acxiom Corporation.





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