IDG Connect - Dan Swinhoeon - 1/10/17
Across the span of some 40 years, CA has made hundreds of acquisitions. But at a Q&A with Mike Gregoire at this year’s CAWorld, the CEO said he wanted his company to be known as “a great company that builds great software, not a company that buys companies.”
Ironically it might be one of CA’s previous acquisitions that helps them achieve that goal. Upon acquiring Rally Software in 2015, CA also inherited Rally Labs, the company’s own innovation hub. Around the same time, CA CTO Otto Berkes (and one of the original Xbox creators) joined the company and was interested in innovation and incubation.
“A couple of things came together all at once,” explains Howard Abrams, SVP, Incubation at CA. “We weren't sure; how do we manage these innovative things? They're different than the others [parts of the business].”