CA has integrated its service management and asset management solutions and Microsoft's Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS). This integration creates seamless interoperability between Microsoft SMS and CA's Enterprise IT Management solutions, will help mutual customers unify and simplify management of their enterprise IT environments and improve their decision-making relative to the acquisition, allocation and retirement of IT assets.
By managing enterprise assets from a centralised console with a unified reporting structure, IT organisations can stretch their budgets through better investment planning, just-in-time licensing and maintenance payments, improved cash flow, and elimination of over-payments. Centralised, realtime asset management also delivers critical operational advantages, such as optimised resource allocation and faster problem resolution.
For example, with the new integration, an IT organisation using CA's Asset Management to track all aspects of software licence management can reconcile software discovered by SMS with its inventory of licensed software. This reconciliation provides immediate insight into end-user compliance, pinpoints any cases of over/under-utilisation, and ensures readiness for software audits.
This first phase of the joint initiative will integrate asset data collected by SMS 2003 into CA's Management Database (MDB), an integrated repository for enterprise IT management. The integrated solutions will be available to select customer sites beginning this fall.