“Companies are made or broken on how quickly they can deliver innovation while still managing within the resource and funding constraints of the business,” said James Harvey, general manager, IT Business Management, CA Technologies. “Leading with the best agile coaches in the industry, our Agile Management solution portfolio is the first of its kind to tightly connect business strategy with development execution, creating a high-speed work environment.”
Company Delivers Industry-First Combination of Agile Development and Enterprise Portfolio Management Capability
The Agile Management portfolio combines select software and service components from CA and Rally, which CA acquired in July 2015, to give business leaders a technology and education platform that helps redefine how business deliverables are planned and executed. This holistic approach helps organizations of all sizes – including large enterprises – adopt the agile approaches and cultural mindset required to drive digital transformation and adapt to rapidly changing business demands.
“The greatest obstacle to successful agile acceptance involves cultural and organizational change; having appropriate interoperable tools is important, but companies who are the most successful with systemic agile methodology adoption and transformation understand that this demands more than mere technology automation and deployment,” said Melinda Ballou, program director, Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies, IDC. “So organizations seeking to make this transition should consider and evaluate vendors for full suites of capabilities, from tools to the mentoring expertise that can help to ease the agile learning curve and evolution to full adoption.”
Agile Management provides a fast and meaningful way to connect the methodology of agile teams to the business portfolio so management can derive results from agile adoption and have the insights needed to make quick decisions. CA customer PayPal is one of the world's largest digital payment companies, processing 4 billion payments last year, including 1 billion made on mobile devices.
“We’re competing aggressively in a very dynamic industry, which requires us to innovate continuously,” said Kirsten Wolberg, vice president, technology business operations, PayPal. “Rally [now CA Agile Central] is critical to support transparency and management of PayPal’s portfolio planning processes and our 400+ globally dispersed agile teams. We now have the productivity, velocity and agility to more quickly bring innovative payments solutions to the marketplace.”
Coaching and Training are Key to Moving Agile Principles Beyond Development and Into Business Operations
The Agile Management portfolio and coaching of agile practices have helped companies transform their businesses, some achieving a 50 percent faster time-to-market than industry peers and 25 percent increase in global productivity. More than 276,000 people use CA Agile Central (formerly the Rally Agile Application Lifecycle Management solution) and more than 30,000 people have received CA Agile Training.
According to Forrester, 69 percent of 560 surveyed decision-makers in the annual Forrester Forrsights Software Survey said they have interest, plan to implement, or have already implemented agile for their custom development.*
New Solution Integration and Expertise Derives Meaningful Business Results from Agile Adoption
Agile Management capabilities are available now and being demonstrated at CA World ’15, including a new release of CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) that integrates with CA Agile Central. The combined solutions give product and program managers a better understanding of agile work being executed in parallel with traditional development work so that governance and funding is optimized across all projects.
In addition, a dedicated CA World Agile Transformation Zone in the exhibition center features the industry’s top agile coaches engaging customers on new ways to think about how work gets done in the modern workforce.
* Forrester Research, Inc., “Market Overview: Agile Development Service Providers,” December 8, 2014