Buying likely to remain sluggish, says CA CEO

IT buyers are showing fewer jitters about purchases but are still not spending on future capacity, Computer Associates International (CA) Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Kumar said Monday during a quarterly meeting here with financial analysts.

"We think customers are getting more accustomed to this mode of operations, and that it might stay around a while," Kumar said. Wireless, Web services, Linux, security and storage resource management technologies are among those now attracting the strongest customer interest, said Stephen Richards, CA's executive vice president of sales.

No major announcements were made at the meeting, which Kumar used to reiterate internal organizational changes announced at CA World in April and hail CA's product lineup and subscription-focused business model.

As announced at CA World, CA has been reorganized around six core product areas: enterprise management, storage, security, application life cycle management, data management/application development and portals.

Meanwhile, its unorthodox subscription-based business model, and accounting changes CA has made because of it, sparked an ongoing investigation being conducted jointly by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. CA continues to cooperate voluntarily with the probe, and has no new information on the inquiry's focus or likely duration, Kumar said during Monday's meeting.

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