Gupta Named CTO at Computer Associates

The top-level reorganization at Computer Associates International Inc. will continue this month with the planned appointment of 11-year CA veteran Yogesh Gupta as chief technology officer, said a spokesman for the Islandia, N.Y., firm.

Gupta will replace current CTO Nancy Li. She will become CEO of iCan-ASP Inc., a new company formed by CA to supply software and services to application service providers (ASP).

CA founder and Chairman Charles B. Wang this month ceded his CEO title to Sanjay Kumar, CA's president and former chief operating officer. Wang will "devote his energies to new ventures," including iCan-ASP, CA said in a written statement.

Filling a Familiar Role

The change in Wang's title merely makes de jure what has been de facto, said Patrick Dryden, a longtime CA watcher and an analyst at Illuminata Inc. in Nashua, N.H.

"For a while now, Sanjay Kumar has been running the show day to day," Dryden said.

"If you look at all the examples of [businesses developing Web sites] using Jasmine ii [CA's e-business platform and application development software], you'll see Charles Wang was involved in those," said Dryden. "This just frees him to take on more of those things."

A deal maker like Wang will be needed in a market heating up as fast as the ASP market is, said Dryden, adding that Hewlett-Packard Co. has been moving into that market "for at least a year and a half."

CA said this is the first of several anticipated spin-offs, which include businesses to sell its desktop and Accpac accounting software.

Gupta was named senior vice president of e-business strategy at CA last year in time to help drive the launch of Jasmine ii.

As senior vice president for product strategy, a post he held until last year, Gupta also played a key role in the development and launch of Unicenter TNG, CA's systems management framework software, according to a CA spokesman.

Wang has further raided CA's management ranks to fill the roster of officers for iCan-ASP, and that could present problems, Dryden said. If CA continues to populate new divisions with existing development staff, "it could be taking away from future development" of existing products, he said. "It's a watching point for users."

No replacement has been named to the chief operating officer slot vacated by Kumar, and the company is uncertain whether the slot will be filled, a CA spokesperson said.

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