ISLANDIA, N.Y., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), one of the world's foremost eBusiness software leaders, today announced the general availability of Unicenter TNG Asset Management Option (AMO) 3.1, an advanced asset management solution that fully automates the inventory and management of enterprise IT assets -- including personal data assistants (PDAs) and other handheld devices. Unicenter TNG AMO automatically collects and maintains a complete and accurate inventory of all enterprise computing resources, including comprehensive data on all hardware and software configurations. It also enables eBusiness organizations to implement enterprise-wide, policy-based administration of all their resources from a central location. These capabilities empower IT managers to make more effective purchasing decisions, more accurately forecast future spending, and improve departmental support operations. The accurate, up-to-date inventory data maintained by Unicenter TNG AMO can also be used in conjunction with other key management functions such as help desk services, corporate financials, and software distribution tools. This integration can significantly improve IT department productivity, enhance IT service levels, and contribute to the overall financial performance of the organization. "ICL manages the IT infrastructure and applications for many large UK customers across Government and industry and makes wide use of CA's desktop management solutions," said Norman Jamison, principal Technical Design Authority in ICL's Enterprise Management Solution Center. "Many of our customers view asset management as highly important to their operation. We are actively looking to implement asset management in as many accounts as possible." The asset management capabilities offered by Unicenter TNG AMO are especially relevant for distributed organizations that are deploying wireless devices -- such as PDAs and laptop PCs -- at an increasing rate. Based on the widely acclaimed Unicenter TNG enterprise management framework, AMO offers an effective, scalable platform for tracking Windows CE and Palm OS devices, regardless of their location. "Asset management remains critical to organizations, particularly with the introduction of new handheld devices, platforms and the need to support the growing mobile enterprise," said Stephen Drake, Senior Research Analyst, IDC. "Solutions that seamlessly integrate and share data with other important functions such as software distribution and remote control are key winning attributes for successful providers of mobile and remote systems management." Unicenter TNG AMO 3.1 features tight integration and full data sharing with other popular components of CA's award-winning enterprise management solutions portfolio -- including Unicenter TNG Software Delivery Option (SDO) and Remote Control Option (RCO). By integrating these three robust management options, resource-strapped eBusinesses are afforded a centralized mechanism by which to manage, configure, and troubleshoot their entire IT enterprise in a highly automated fashion. "As corporate eBusiness environments become increasingly distributed and complex, effective asset management has become essential for keeping IT operations cost-effective and maintaining 24x7 service availability," said Joseph Pascal, brand manager, enterprise management solutions, CA. "With Unicenter TNG AMO 3.1, IT managers will always know exactly what's out there and exactly how it's configured. That's an absolute must if you're trying to keep eBusiness services up and running with a minimum of technical personnel." Unicenter TNG AMO 3.1 also offers extended support for Linux devices, as well as support for Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) -- an industry standard for interoperability between multiple vendors' management applications. About Computer Associates Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) delivers the most advanced and comprehensive portfolio of software solutions that manage eBusiness. CA has more than 18,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in excess of $6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. For more information, visit http://ca.com.
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