New Management Workspace Helps Integrate Tools, Facilitate Collaboration and Accelerate Mainframe Workforce Productivity, Today and Tomorrow
CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management - Now Open for Beta
CA WORLD 2010, LAS VEGAS, May 18 /CNW/ - CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today introduced a ground-breaking role-based workspace, CA Mainframe Chorus, architected to radically simplify and streamline management tasks, to help increase staff productivity and to provide a shorter on-ramp for the next generation mainframe workforce.
Building on the success of CA Technologies' Mainframe 2.0 strategy, CA Mainframe Chorus continues the focus on controlling costs, sustaining critical mainframe skills and leveraging the mainframe to increase IT agility. The new workspace provides an intuitive design and embedded intelligence to appeal to the next generation mainframe staff while also offering significant productivity improvements to today's mainframe experts.
The first role for the workspace, CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management is now open for beta. Going forward, CA Technologies will deliver additional products to address other important mainframe management roles.
"Many mainframe customers today are looking for ways to reduce the cost and complexity of managing mission critical workloads, and to reduce the risks associated with the looming skills shortage," said Dayton Semerjian, corporate senior vice president and general manager for CA Technologies' Mainframe business unit. "With CA Mainframe Chorus, we are offering our customers a way to increase the leverage of their existing IT staffs, so their entire team can effectively assume mainframe responsibilities."
CA Mainframe Chorus is based on immersive research with customers to understand how they get their work done. It is designed to go far beyond the benefits of graphical user interfaces, by integrating back-end products and introducing a set of features and capabilities to radically simplify management, increase staff productivity and facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing.
These breakthrough innovations help harmonize the different tools and processes required for the mainframe team to accomplish their daily tasks, creating an efficient and finely tuned environment that offers significant productivity gains.
"The effectiveness of Mainframe IT specialists is being hampered by the complexity and disconnected nature of the tools in use today. While the focus of every CIO is on delivering quality applications to the business, stand-alone tools consume support resources and perpetuate silo-based support practices. This impairs IT's efficiency in delivering new technologies and services to the business", said Julie Craig, Research Director for Enterprise Management Associates. "I believe the workspace and collaborative capabilities that CA is bringing to the table with CA Mainframe Chorus is an innovative way to address these issues, and see potential for significant productivity benefits for CA customers."
"We are excited about the prospects of Chorus, and are glad CA Technologies is taking a leadership position in helping us solve critical issues," said Adnan Can principal specialist for the mainframe platform group for GarantiBank, Turkey's second largest bank. "Because we use CA's tools for DB2, we see tremendous potential to leverage those tools with CA Mainframe Chorus in dramatically simplifying management and driving significant productivity gains."
CA Technologies' beta version of CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management demonstrates to customers a unique user experience for DB2 for z/OS database administration. This first CA Mainframe Chorus role currently leverages seven of CA Technologies' Database Management products, including:
- CA Detector for DB2 for z/OS
- CA Insight Performance Monitor for DB2 for z/OS
- CA Plan Analyzer for DB2 for z/OS
- CA Subsystem Analyzer for DB2 for z/OS
- CA RC/Migrator for DB2 for z/OS
- CA RC/Query for DB2 for z/OS
- CA RC/Update for DB2 for z/OS
"Changing the mainframe experience by incorporating workflow-centric computing, knowledge base work capture, and mouse click interfaces is key to the perpetuation of mainframe computing in the New Millennium," said Jon Toigo, CEO and managing principal of Toigo Partners International LLC. "CA Technologies is the clear thought leader in this effort, having dedicated the last two years to conducting an exhaustive analysis of requirements as part of its Mainframe 2.0 initiative."
CA Technologies plans to deliver additional CA Mainframe Chorus roles over time, to address the specific functions in our customers' IT enterprises. Each role will leverage the workspace and greatly improve the efficiency of experienced and novice staff, allowing customers to leverage their entire IT staff to manage the mainframe.
For more information on CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management, and for customers interested in being a beta site, please visit www.ca.com/mainframe/chorus.
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