CA World: E-commerce focus sharpens

Computer Associates International (CA) is sharpening its e-commerce focus, announcing yesterday the extension of its integrated infrastructure approach to a product line aimed at companies that do business on the Internet.

CA executives said at the CA World user conference here yesterday that its "e-nfrastructure" line is shipping now and combines the company's various technologies into a product family that can be bundled or used separately for various e-commerce security functions.

The infrastructure component is Jasmine TND (the next dimension), now in beta testing. Jasmine relies on CA's Neugents, or neural intelligence agents, to automate analysis of data so that trends can be seen in areas such as sales, operations and marketing. Used for e-commerce, the infrastructure can, for instance, look at buying patterns to figure out how many tickets will be sold prior to a sporting event. Figuring out where sales are hot and where they are sluggish can help a company -- or in this example, a sports franchise -- to decide where to offer special deals and the like.

Neugents further allow e-commerce companies to predict when servers are about to crash as well as to foresee other potential network problems. That aspect of Neugents is not new, but CAI executives are emphasising its application to the Internet and e-commerce.

As part of the e-commerce news, Charles Wang, CA chairman and chief executive officer, announced the e-Trust product line at a press conference here. Pricing information was not offered, although the product line is shipping now. CA's recent $US3.5 billion acquisition of Platinum Technology International brought with it more security tools that CA is incorporating into the new product line, Wang and others said.

The product line is shipping globally. It includes software to handle public key infrastructure, based on laws of individual countries where the product will ship; encryption; firewall management; virus protection; content inspection; intrusion detection; access control; single sign-on; administrative management for directories and namespaces; security policy compliance analysis; centralized auditing; desktop security, and a fault-tolerant directory server for corporate backbones.

Individual pricing information was not provided.

CA World continues here through this week.

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