CA Technologies New Agile PPM Solution Helps Accelerate Innovation and Improve Agility with Cloud Computing
Organizations Adopting More Iterative Approaches to IT Service Delivery
ISLANDIA, N.Y., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA) today announced the availability of CA Portfolio Management for Agile IT, a new Agile Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) cloud solution designed to help executives make effective portfolio management decisions and capitalize on more rapid innovation using new Agile planning practices. The new solution, comprised of CA Clarity On Demand and CA Agile Vision, combines the latest version of the industry leading PPM application, with new capabilities for Agile planning in a cloud computing delivery model.
With the growth of cloud computing, consumers of cloud services are demanding rapid delivery and fast response to requests for enhancements and new services. In response, organizations are adopting more agile and iterative approaches to IT service delivery that strain existing project governance processes, and force the convergence of requirements management, agile planning and service portfolio management. The adoption of Agile methodologies will continue to pick up over the next several years. Gartner reports that "by 2012, agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects."*
"Delivery of technology-based products is shifting more and more toward iterative, rather than waterfall-based projects. As a result, PPM solutions must help organizations address the needs of agile teams and those responsible for project governance," said Dan Stang , principal research analyst at Gartner.
CA Portfolio Management for Agile IT
This new solution from CA Technologies provides resource, financial and portfolio visibility to help ensure that products and services are delivered with the right quality, on time, on budget and with the right business value, regardless of whether an Agile or traditional project management approach is taken. The solution's new features and functionality include:
CA Agile Vision
- On Demand Agile planning built on Force.com, salesforce.com®'s enterprise cloud computing platform, which powers the Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Salesforce Chatter applications, hundreds of ISV partner applications, and more than 160,000 custom applications used by salesforce.com's 77,300 customers
- Cloud-based service offers low up-front costs, rapid deployment, pay-for-use, quick end-user adoption, multi-tenancy and scalability
- Agile sprint planning creates multiple time-based sprints, monitors sprint progress and manages backlog
- Agile burn-down velocity charts improve project forecasting accuracy
- Agile virtual wall manages tasks, user stories and resource assignments
CA Clarity On Demand
- Project Lifecycle Management presents only the relevant fields and actions based on the stage in the lifecycle of an idea, request, project, service or initiative, allowing users to focus on the current task now
- Web 2.0 user interface simplifies navigation, streamlines common tasks, reduces clicks and improves understanding, resulting in faster end-user adoption
- Drag-and-drop Gantt chart provides a great browser-based scheduling experience
- Simplified financial management functionality that makes planning, budgeting and cost tracking more intuitive
"The ability to accelerate the delivery of commitments to customers is the primary reason there is a need for this solution," said Jose Almandoz , CIO and Global Field Operations vice president, Novell. "This release now gives clear visibility into projects leveraging iterative methodologies, as well as traditional waterfall methodologies. Having a single system of record for all project information allows companies to scale agile to the enterprise. The result will be improved service to customers through incremental delivery of capabilities of highest value to them."
CA Technologies, as a market leader in PPM, has taken the best practice guidelines from the proven system developed and used internally by salesforce.com to create a management tool delivered via the cloud — CA Agile Vision. Using the Force.com platform, the management tool has been designed for both new and existing agile users, thereby broadening the audience for agile development.
"We've delivered the first truly enterprise class solution from the cloud designed to help organizations balance agility with governance by integrating agile planning and PPM in a way that improves the pace of innovation and delivery time to market," said, Brian Bell , general manager of the Service Portfolio Management customer solutions unit at CA Technologies. "It gives CxO's the ability to make smart portfolio decisions across all projects, while allowing project teams the flexibility to work using their preferred project approach. Ultimately, this leads to the ability to most effectively meet the toughest demands of their customers."
*Gartner, Inc., "Predicts 2010: Agile and Cloud Impact Application Development Directions" by Jim Duggan , December 3, 2009.
About CA Clarity PPM
CA Clarity PPM, the industry-leading project and portfolio management solution, helps public and private sector IT organizations to achieve world-class performance by improving the quality of their engagement with their stakeholders and enhancing their ability to run at peak efficiency. The CA Clarity PPM system features integrated IT portfolio planning, demand management, project management, resource planning and time, cost and earned value management. More than 1,000 companies, organizations and government agencies depend on CA Clarity PPM to govern IT and manage new product development (NPD). For more information on CA Clarity PPM, please visit www.ca.com.
About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments – from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at www.ca.com.
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