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CIOs who recognize the critical importance of mainframe Agile and DevOps transformation can respond to CA’s diversion of mainframe dollars to non-mainframe acquisitions in three ways:

  • Don’t fall for an Automic smokescreen. CA may claim that Automic’s mainframe tools represent mainframe re-investment. They don’t. In fact, Automic workload automation tools weirdly overlap with nearly a baker's dozen of competing CA workload automation tools. So there’s little new here, but conflicted and confusion for CA's mainframe customers; one less alternative to CA for mainframe customers—and no hope for organic increases in CA's mainframe R&D.
  • Hold CA accountable. CA brazenly takes advantage of its mainframe customers because it feels that it can. It's up to CA's customers to make it clear that their business should not be taken for granted—and that CA’s failure to deliver next-generation mainframe tools will have economic consequences.
  • Go elsewhere. In the digital age, the cost of mainframe status-quo far exceeds the cost of essential mainframe transformation. Compuware offers far greater value to mainframe customers than CA in capabilities that matter most in the digital age—and we are driven to innovate with an inspired quarterly cadence of deliverables that has now reached eleven consecutive quarters. So you can confidentially and rightfully ditch Endevor for Compuware ISPW. And, you can leverage the latest and greatest in Compuware's Topaz, Xpediter, File-AID, Abend-AID, Hiperstation and Strobe solutions in collaboration with the tools from our growing list of partners (e.g., Atlassian, BMC, SonarSource and XebiaLabs) & integrations with open source tools (e.g., Eclipse & Jenkins) to dramatically improve developer productivity. Now, while new developers are hardest to come by and the demand for development throughput and quality are escalating.

Of course, you can also continue funding CA’s acquisition spree with your precious mainframe software budget. But those desperate CA acquisitions are toxic waste for your mainframe and your business—and should be dealt with accordingly.

Compuware has never been more ready, willing and able to help mainstream the mainframe for DevOps and Agile methods. Please give us a call.

Update

Since the time I originally wrote this Blog, CA published their latest financials (on 8/2/17). CA’s Mainframe Solution business unit suffered its largest quarterly cut in two years: ~$20M—which amounts to ~$80M on an annual basis. These cuts are in addition to those mentioned above. Based on CA’s just-released 10-Q, these cuts are, “primarily due to a reduction in personnel-related expenses in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.”

Where did CA mainframe customers’ upgrade and maintenance dollars go? To fund the increased operating expenses from newly acquired Automic and Veracode. So, this answers the question raised in the title of the blog, “CA’s Automic and Veracode Acquisitions: Toxic Waste for Mainframe Customers?” with a clear, definitive and painful—YES!

Many of the comments from CA employees that follow below weren't worth a response, but what is worth noting is that all of those CA employee comments demonstrate a complete lack of concern or sense of responsibility to the effects of CA's mainframe budget cuts on CA's mainframe customers. The consistent pattern from commenting CA employees is to ignore the facts; lash out; and attempt to change the subject with some diversion tactics being more creative than others (I can't ever recall being compared to a disobedient dog before).

I'm trying to imagine what it would be like for a CA employee that felt compelled to stand up, within CA, against these systematic cuts. I'm guessing it's a case of, "Show me a CA employee that stood up for mainframe customers against CA's mainframe budget cuts and I'll show you someone that doesn't work at CA any longer."

There are times when something is wholly wrong within an organization and a healthy culture is essential to fix it. You can completely understand how a culture, built on intimidation and fear, that's void of a humble obsession for serving customers would drain all the courage out of anyone and ensure more of the same.

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