Software Briefs: CA, MS, Brio

Software Briefs: CA, MS, Brio

CA opens $11m R&D lab

Computer Associates (CA) has opened an $11 million R&D lab in Melbourne to develop security software, marking the company’s largest security R&D investment outside of the US. More than 80 specialist development and technical support professionals will work at the new centre in Richmond, Melbourne, pushing the total number of developers the company employs in Australia to nearly 200. It will develop world-class security technologies such as antivirus, authentication and network security at the facility, CA officials said. As part of a global call centre, the lab will also lend international technical support for many of CA’s products.

Microsoft brings Visual Studio to Office 11 suite

Trying to bolster developer support for its upcoming Office 11 applications suite, Microsoft has announced a new set of tools that will allow programmers to use the company’s Visual Studio .Net to build customised solutions around Word and Excel documents. With Visual Studio Tools for Office developers can now create applications written in Visual Basic .Net and Visual C# .Net that will be able to run in the Office 11 versions of Word and Excel. The merger of the tools and programming model built into Office 11 is intended to make it easier to mix and match tools and provide a higher level of security.

Brio signs up nine partners

Business intelligence (BI) application vendor Brio Software is continuing to partner its way to new customers, signing nine new channel allies last week at its Pacific user conference in Sydney. The mix of systems integrators, value-added resellers and OEM partners includes ACW Consulting, ClickStream, Fenwick Software, InfoClarity, IQ Business Group, Orchid, Preston Aviation Solutions and Sunjray, and will help Brio penetrate specific vertical markets. “We have noticed a trend in our sector of vendors focusing on selling direct,” said Brio’s channel manager for the Pacific region, Stephen Dolan.

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