NEW ORLEANS--Computer Associates
kicked off its annual user conference with a sneak preview of
capabilities being built into its software cash cow.
Chairman and CEO Charles Wang welcomed more than 25,000 devotees to CA's annual user conference by making a case for how
technology can directly
impact company revenues, and by unveiling new features of the next
Unicenter, dubbed TND for The Next Dimension. The current version is
as TNG, or The Next Generation.
The company is flying high after last week's
announcement that CA would soon announce final results for the year
that would beat analyst estimates and mark an 18 percent increase over
previous year. CA specializes in management tools, business
and database management and software development systems for large
"It's not just technology for technology's sake," Wang told the crowd,
echoing a common theme among high-tech executives these days. "We're
developing all of these solutions so you can really enable your
CA World '98 attendees were given
first glimpse at new capabilities for Unicenter that offer a time
to network views as well as a new "Smart Magnifying Glass" feature that
will allow an administrator to drill down on a particular network
The new "Time Machine Control Panel" will allow an administrator to
retrace the steps that have brought a network to its current point and
provides that worker with forward views of where future trouble spots
occur, all done via an interface that continues the firm's video
motif. Unicenter TND will likely be version 3.0 of the software suite,
Wang said some elements of the new functions will soon be added to the
current TNG version.
Wang also said the firm will launch a new strategy called "harmony" this
week as a way to sell packages based on the company's Ingres relational
database, Opal development tools, and Jasmine object-oriented multimedia
database. The company will also address management of workgroup business
environments, a market CA has previously targeted via partnerships.
In a curious program note, Wang entered the packed hall after a symphony
orchestra and a series of dancers, dressed to signify different
warmed the crowd up with several minutes of choreographed moves and a
sung by a five-year-old girl.
"For a slight fee, we also do bar mitzvahs and weddings," Wang quiped.
returned to close the evening's festivities after Wang's speech.
The conference continues through the week, highlighted by keynotes from
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Compaq Computer chief Eckhard
Pfeiffer, and former British prime minister John Major.