CA’s new wave methodology brings CIOs closer to ‘Lean IT’

18 Aug 2009

CA said today that the immediate availability of 17 new and updated standardised services offerings to help CIOs achieve the benefits of Lean IT.

Lean IT is an approach being adopted by IT organisations to optimise performance, minimise cost and maximise value. These standardised services offerings, including pre-packaged, fixed-price rapid implementations, add to CA Services’ portfolio of more than 70 standardised services offerings, which are aligned with CA software across all product lines.

“With standardised services offerings, CA Services is focused on helping customers get maximum value from CA products,” said Richard Sills, corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA Services.

“Unlike custom-quoted implementations that may result in longer time to value, CA’s standardised services offerings provide IT staffs with the experience, best practices and expertise that can ensure a fast and successful implementation, a key element of Lean IT. In addition, many rapid implementations now carry significantly lower prices, resulting in one less challenge for companies in this difficult economy.

“In this economy, CIOs face high expectations for IT service delivery and increasingly complex projects,” Sills said. These demands are exacerbated by severe budget constraints and cost controls.

Standardised Services offerings enable CIOs to optimise the effectiveness of their IT infrastructures at a lower cost by helping to reduce project complexity and deliver rapid return on investment through deployment playbooks, which contain a repeatable methodology that breaks large, complex projects into phases that deliver value in as little as 60-90 days.

CIOs could also minimise risk by providing up-front planning through CA’s methodology, which is accredited by the Open Group. This reduces the need for changes and facilitates alignment between the customer’s business and IT goals. The use of CA’s best practices helps projects stay on track.

Full information about these new offerings can be found at

“IT executives believe that an appropriate sign of organisational maturity and the ability to add value to the enterprise is shown when their staffs can measurably reduce risk and costs for complex enterprise IT deployments,” Earl Perkins, research vice president of Gartner, Inc explained.

“To the degree that their staff can reuse historical knowledge and known methodologies, they won’t find themselves reinventing the wheel or delivering solutions via custom approaches. If a vendor can develop consistent methodology and tools in areas such as this, they will have an advantage over their competition,” Perkins added.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years