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CA's Clarity PPM v. 13: Not Every Business Task is a Job for the Cloud

CA's Clarity PPM v. 13: Not Every Business Task is a Job for the Cloud

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By Scott M. Fulton, III  / January 18, 2012
Way back in 1984, a company called Applied Business TechnologyCorp. produced a partly open source project management tool calledOpen Workbench. After it became part of a company called Niku in2000, its resource management features had become leveraged for usefor inventory of business applications. Big businesses - especially onesformed through mergers and acquisitions - ended up with more softwarethan they knew what to do with.By the time the former Computer Associates - now just CATechnologies - acquired Niku and made it into its Clarity division,application portfolio management had become one of Niku's top sellingpoints. This morning, asClarity now officially enters version 13,it's being offered for the first time as a service. But even with a cloud-basedoption, Clarity should
not 
be thought of specifically as a cloud migrationtool for business resources, but rather as a tool for first evaluatingwhether such a migration is necessary. This from CA's own vicepresident for marketing, in an interview with ReadWriteWeb."I think there's been this whole, kinda, hype where everybody's heard,'cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud.' It's actually not cost effective to moveeverything to the cloud," remarks CA Technologies Vice President KellyBlice. "And it's actually not necessary to move everything to the cloud,nor do you want to."
 
 
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 In a marketing push this week for the new Clarity Project PortfolioManager version 13, CA is touting the product's completely redesignedfront end, which does appear to borrow some ideas from Salesforce. Thenew system is based around a modularized dashboard that digests datafrom multiple sources to produce a more streamlined summary. Thefeeling with previous editions has been that, as projects become morecomplex and as Clarity represents those projects, shall we say,
 faithfully
,the responsibility for managing the data associated with those projectsgets sloughed off onto the shoulders of the IT department.The goal for v. 13 is to move the product back to its original, circa 1984target audience: managers and business analysts.
 
 
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 As an organization in transformation, Blice remarks, "I need to figureout what I need to take to the cloud, what needs to be working on thecloud and what doesn't, and what makes sense when. That's really whatClarity allows you to do. In a transformational way, what we've done isadded functionality, both by making the navigation very, very easy forbusiness users, for analysts, for managers making these decisions alongwith people who are actually using the solution."The catchphrase CA's UI designers kept in mind, Blice tells us, as theywere rebuilding Clarity's front end was, "Two Clicks to Value." Clarityusers may have various roles within their organization - they may be

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