CA closes Platinum deal, services big winner

CA closes Platinum deal, services big winner

Just two months after it acquired Platinum Technology for $US3.5 billion, Computer Associates' Australian arm yesterday signed off on the deal in Australia and New Zealand.

With the exception of 27 redundancies at Platinum and five or six at CA, at least 80 per cent of Platinum's Australian and New Zealand staff have been retained. As a combined entity, CA's overall head count has been bolstered to over 600 in the region.

As reported in ARN in April (April 7, page 1) the vast majority of Platinum's 180-strong professional services division has agreed to roll over to CA. According to officials, that number could be as high as 90 per cent.

And while CA has yet to consider the possible ramifications of the deal on its existing channel partners, Platinum's recently acquired Open Directory R&D group -- a Melbourne-based developer of enterprise directory technology -- has been retained in full by the vendor.

As far as technology roadmaps are concerned, CA is expected to release details of its future Platinum product direction and support plans to customers within the next few weeks.

The merger will also see CA and Platinum rationalise their geographies. As a result, CA's Perth staff will be shifted to Platinum's branch, while both vendors' Sydney and Melbourne offices will continue to operate as normal.

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