CA begins Netegrity integration

By year's end, CA looks to release CA Identity Manager, the first product to include software from its Netegrity acquisition.

By year's end, Computer Associates International (CA) expects to release its first product to integrate software the company acquired in its November 2004 purchase of identity management software vendor Netegrity. The product, called CA Identity Manager, is scheduled to be announced at the CA World 2005 conference in Las Vegas this week.

Identity Manager will fuse the Netegrity's IdentityMinder software with CA's eTrust Admin provisioning product, giving users one product to manage user account information for a wider variety of applications, said Matthew Gardiner, director of identity and access management marketing at CA. CA's software was specialized in working with enterprise and mainframe applications, while the Identity Minder software was known for its Web application capabilities, he said.

The new product will also include new auditing and reporting tools designed to make it easier for companies to come into compliance with government regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, Gardiner added.

CA spent more than US$400 million on the Netegrity acquisition in the hopes that it would strengthen its position in the authentication and access control market, by combining Netegrity's products with CA's eTrust identity and access management product line.

Customers and analysts had expressed concerns that about whether the acquisition would produce useful and well-supported products, and over the next year they should get a clearer idea of CA's intentions. In 2006 the Islandia, New York, software vendor expects to begin integrating Netegrity's two other major products into its portfolio.

In early 2006, CA will integrate Netegrity SiteMinder with its eTrust SSO (Single Sign On) software. Later in the year, a Web services management product called TransactionMinder will be integrated with CA's Web Services Distributed Management product, Gardiner said.

Identity manager's pricing will range from about US$1 per user to US$80 per user, depending on the number of users involved. The product will ship "within the next 45 days," Gardiner said.

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