CA Releases InterBiz Suite, Unveils ASP Plans

New Orleans (04/11/2000) - Computer Associates International Inc.'s Interbiz division released for general availability its BizWorks line of enterprise applications Monday and acknowledged plans to spin off portions of the business unit to accelerate the launch of hosted applications in an ASP (application service provider) model.

Officials at InterBiz, which acts as a separate division within CA, described BizWorks as a platform that integrates the company's ERP, financial, supply chain, and banking applications.

InterBiz, which is built on top of the Jasmine ii integration platform, provides a number of common services to the applications, including data analysis, performance monitoring, and predictive capabilities through CA's Neugent neural network technology. The platform also includes a rules-based engine called AION and visualization capabilities that can be used to give executives a high-level view of a company's production systems and financial health, officials said.

"BizWorks can filter out the noise of too much information by delivering in an attractive way information to guide a company with key performance indicators," said Gary Layton, CA's vice president of product strategies. Information can be delivered to PC and non-PC devices, including Palms, two-way pagers, and cell phones, he said.

Myers Industries, a plastic and rubber manufacturing concern in Akron, Ohio, said that the predictive capabilities of Neugents on its production line made its early investment in BizWorks worthwhile. To predict when a machine may go down, Myers created Neugents to track the performance data coming from its plastic presses and fed it into the AION rules engine, said Andrew Winer, CIO at Myers.

"It sent out a workflow notifying the shop floor with a prediction [that] allowed people to take predictive actions before a problem happens," Winer said.

"We can correct an issue before it becomes an issue, all because of the predictive capabilities," he said, adding that the company will use Neugents in other company processes.

To take on the ASP marketplace, CA this summer plans to offer hosted InterBiz applications directly and via partnerships.

CEO and chairman Charles Wang at the conference said that "InterBiz will be spun off to participate in the ASP market," adding that "being an independent company will allow [InterBiz] to grow faster."

Bob Toth, senior vice president of operations at InterBiz, acknowledged the plan, saying that launching an IPO will give the division recognition for its double digit growth rate, and accelerate the growth.

Computer Associates International Inc., based in Islandia, N.Y., is at www.cai.com .

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