After acquiring Automic earlier this year, CA Technologies suddenly found itself with an embarrassment of IT automation riches. Now the company is moving forward by further integrating the Automic IT automation platform with the rest of the portfolio of tools and services that it says are required to construct a software factory.
Ron Gidron, technology evangelist for Automic, says the latest version of Automic increases the number of integrations with the rest of the CA Technologies portfolio to include support for CA Test Data Management, Service Virtualization, Privileged Access Governance, Application Performance Management and Veracode application security software, among others.
CA Technologies has made it clear it intends to make the release automation software originally developed by Automic the foundation of its overall DevOps strategy. Most of that effort is now focused on integrating the various elements of the CA Technologies portfolio. Longer term, CA Technologies will eventually move to rationalize any duplication in functionality.
Version 12.1 of Automic also brings forward orchestration tools and self-service capabilities to enable developers to provision resources within guidelines defined by IT. Gidron says that while there will always be a need for IT operations specialists, CA Technologies is making a concerted effort to “shift left” to provide developers with more programmatic control over the IT environment. To facilitate that process, Automic and the rest of CA Technologies have been investing in creating a standard set of external-facing REST APIs, which also will be used to make it easier for products and services created by the company to consume a wide variety of external data and metrics.
Via acquisitions and internally developed software, CA Technologies is clearly trying to unify application, infrastructure and security management with the context of a single DevOps framework. The company doesn’t plan to force organization to consume that entire stack of software. But it will try to make acquiring as much of its portfolio as financially attractive and frictionless as possible to drive what the company describes as intelligent automation across a modern software factory. Driving that need is the realization that just about every company in every industry is now dependent on some form of custom software to drive one digital process or another.
The rate at which CA Technologies has been expanding its DevOps portfolio via acquisition is a major contributor to what appears to be a wave of consolidation starting to occur across the DevOps category. Regardless of how advanced any organization might become in terms of building a software factory, major IT vendors realize that it’s only a matter of time before IT organizations start to pressure them to bundle more DevOps-related functionality together. In fact, the line between what’s DevOps today and tomorrow versus what was considered traditional IT management appears to be getting more blurred with each passing day.