New SaaS-Based iPad App from CA Technologies Empowers CXOs to Strategically Manage Technology Investments
CA Clarity Playbook Bridges Gap Between Strategic Planning and Operational Execution
LAS VEGAS, April 23, 2013 -- CA WORLD -- CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced CA Clarity™ Playbook, an innovative mobile application that uniquely empowers CXOs to strategically manage their organization’s technology investments in the context of their high-level business goals and objectives—right from their iPads.
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Delivered via a SaaS model, CA Clarity Playbook also makes it easy for CXOs to quickly collaborate with key process stakeholders and respond more quickly to changing business needs anywhere, any time.
"IT and the business have to work hand-in-hand to create new revenue streams and deliver a differentiated brand experience—even in the face of finite structural and human resources," said Lokesh Jindal, general manager, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "CA Clarity Playbook enables this critical coordination by giving executives the ability to nimbly adapt plans, activities and priorities."
CA Clarity Playbook integrates with CA Clarity PPM and other systems of record to provide CXOs with the intuitive dashboard-style mobile workspace they need to:
• Define strategic objectives, goals and initiatives;
• Collaborate with stakeholders on strategic plans;
• Leverage information from operational systems;
• Assess alignment of IT investments with business objectives;
• Visualize investment financials in real time; and
• Evaluate impact of new priorities on in-place plans.
According to a research study* by CA Technologies, few CIOs are directly involved in defining business strategy—even though 73 percent of business executives acknowledge that IT is central to the execution of that strategy.
CA Clarity Playbook helps address this disconnect by liberating CXOs from the manual, annual planning cycles of the past, so they can more proactively take advantage of emerging business opportunities and technological innovations.
"With the increasing use of technology by patients and healthcare providers, a successful business strategy in the healthcare industry should be driven by a strong technology strategy," said R. John Ragsdale, Chief Information Officer, BerylHealth. “To grow our business in the midst of this Health Information Technology explosion, we need to embrace strategic planning disciplines and tools that increase our innovation and speed-to-market—and that improve technology visibility and decision-making for our C-level executives."
CA Clarity Playbook can draw from information sources both in the cloud and across the enterprise to keep strategic initiatives on track and aligned to organizational goals. Users can access CA Clarity Playbook workspace from an iPad app or from a tablet or desktop running an HTML5-compatible web browser.
“To successfully cope with today’s intense time-to-market pressures, business leaders need the same kind of real-time, multi-dimensional visibility into IT as they have into sales pipelines and supply chains,” said Jeffrey M. Kaplan, managing director of THINKstrategies, Inc. and founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace. “It has simply become impractical for them to continue depending on periodic second-hand IT reporting that can’t be dynamically queried and is often out-of-date by the time it arrives on their desks.”
CA Clarity Playbook is a key enabler of the broader CA Technologies Business Service Innovation initiative, which enables customers to more effectively accelerate, transform and secure IT to adaptively meet the intensifying challenges of competition in a global information economy.
“IT is adopting more complex and fluid service provisioning models at the same time as it is becoming increasingly integral to the business,” said Cameron McNaught, Senior Vice President and Head of Cloud and Strategic Solutions, International Business, Fujitsu Limited. “With CA Clarity Playbook, CA Technologies is directly responding to this confluence of complexity and criticality with a solution that gives corporate managers much-needed control of technology resource allocation and performance.”
*The Future Role of the CIO ‘Becoming the Boss’, October 2011, CA Technologies.
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