CA Partners for Exchange

NEW ORLEANS (04/18/2000) - A major business-to-business exchange took wing here last week at Computer Associates International Inc.'s annual user conference, CA World.

Tokyo-based keiretsu Nissho Iwai and Islandia, New York-based CA together announced Cynomix Corp., a joint venture to build an online, cross-industry business-to-business trading exchange called ETrade Lifeline.

The new marketplace will let users handle every phase of a sale, from locating a seller or buyer to insuring, transporting, storing, exporting and importing goods.

"It's going to make existing portals look like nursery school projects," said Michael Dortch, an analyst at Robert Frances Group Inc. in Westport, Conn. "By fully integrating and automating all the logistical and financial elements, they're creating a true enterprise-class business-to-business exchange," he said.

Jasmine ii Platform Released

The weeklong event saw the release of CA's electronic-business platform, Jasmine ii. CA called Jasmine ii an e-commerce platform, an integration platform and an infrastructure.

The development tool exists between sources of data and system management software. By turning data from applications or databases into objects and using XML standards, Jasmine ii allows any data to be used by any application.

The conversion process isn't perfect and it may result in a loss of data, but "it's a good start," said Patrick Dryden, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc. in Dallas. With Jasmine ii, CA "is trying to make systems easier to manage, and that's a good thing," he said.

Jasmine ii is also an integral part of Unicenter TND.

BizWorks enterprise applications from CA's InterBiz division also debuted at CA World. Built on Jasmine ii, BizWorks allows delivery of information to PCs and handheld devices such as pagers and cell phones.

CA also announced that it had reorganized and combined its field operations, including sales and services, because too many people from different divisions were calling on clients.

The services divisions of Sterling Software, acquired by CA in March, will be integrated into the new structure next month.

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