Acquisitions and trade partnerships will see the IT industry become more integrated, at least in the short-term future, according to Tivoli's chairman and CEO Jan Lindelow.
Lindelow laid out a broad roadmap for Tivoli at the launch of its latest enterprise management offering in New York last week.
After turning over more than $US1 billion in 1997, he said Tivoli would maintain those earnings and grow at a faster rate than the rest of the industry.
"We are extending Tivoli's position and market with a goal of growing the management category at twice the pace of the software industry overall and to keep our own continued growth, outpacing that of any of our major competitors," he said.
Tivoli purchased three small software companies, DMBX, Unison and Software Artistry, and will integrate their technology into its own product range. In fact, the new Tivoli product uses artificial intelligence that was part-developed by Software Artistry.
Lindelow said Tivoli would build on its relationship with parent company IBM and also announced a handful of partnerships with companies including Compaq, Intel, Microsoft and 3Com.
With these partnerships, the company will expand its Tivoli Ready program, with "eventually billions of Tivoli Ready devices, applications and management products available from us and our partners", Lindelow said. The devices would include mobile phones, pagers, faxes, PDAs, robotics and industrial controls, he said.
Other Tivoli initiatives include developing more modular solutions and investing in rapid deployment to attain higher rates of return for customers, Lindelow said.