CA Integration of Sterling Delayed

NEW ORLEANS (04/21/2000) - Computer Associates International Inc. earlier this month said it has delayed integrating newly acquired Sterling Software Inc. into CA products because the deal was finalized too close to the start of the annual CA-World 2000 user conference, held April 9 through 14.

And in an unrelated development, integration of Dallas-based Sterling's services staff into Islandia, New York-based CA's newly reorganized field operations divisions was put off two or three weeks, according to CA officials.

"Issues on the technical side are fairly straightforward," said Ron Exler, an analyst at Robert Frances Group Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. "The real challenge will be in retaining the people. They wouldn't have trouble finding other jobs if they're not happy with how things go."

CA President and Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Kumar last month said the company planned to "get to CA-World with the integration done and the [applications] rockin' and rollin'." But the U.S. Department of Justice approval on the deal came less than two weeks before the conference.

Integrating the tools will take time, Exler said. Where there is overlap, "CA will pull the best product features into the primary offering, whether that's a CA product or a Sterling product," he said.

Plans for many Sterling products were posted at www.ca.com/sterling/roadmaps.

But plans were unavailable for the Sterling VMS product family, which includes backup, tape, monitoring, security, accounting and scheduling tools - all of which have equivalent CA products.

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