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CA adds analytics software, IBM details forthcoming Rational Software Architect, Venafi makes digital certificates more secure, and BMC boosts Patrol with analytics 

CA Takes Wraps off Asset Management Software
Computer Associates last week unveiled Unicenter Asset Intelligence r11, asset management software that provides intelligence to help IT make business-driven resource- and process-related decisions. Unicenter Asset Intelligence conducts analytics based on the data collected by CA’s Unicenter Asset Management software. It combines technical and operational data about IT assets with information about a company’s organizational structure, which can be derived from e-mail, user directories, and/or human resource systems. This provides insight into how an organization is leveraging enterprisewide hardware and software assets over time, down to department and user levels.
Unicenter Asset Intelligence, CA

IBM Plans New Version of Rational Tool
IBM this month plans to release an upgrade to its Rational Software Architect design and development tool that integrates with the IBM WebSphere Business Integration Modeler tool. The integration between the two offerings is intended to enable IT architects to take business models from the WebSphere tool and convert those to solutions via the UML-based Rational product, according to the company. Rational Software Architect is designed to provide users with an understanding of the business process they are to implement.
Rational Software Architect, IBM

Venafi Secures Certificates
Venafi last week introduced AutoCert Manager, a digital certificate management program designed to maintain the security and scalability of e-business operations. AutoCert Manager handles digital certificates across certificate authorities, platforms, applications, and devices. The agentless solution automates all stages of certificate lifecycle management — enrollment, installation, renewal, and revocation — and conducts auto-discovery of all certificates. AutoCert Manager is available now, at $150,000.
AutoCert Manager, Venafi

BMC Boosts Analytics
BMC software last week added a new component to its Patrol line: Patrol Analytics. Designed to help IT managers resolve problems faster and increase system availability, Patrol Analytics analyzes and correlates real-time system metrics from a variety of enterprise resources to determine typical behavioral patterns and then automatically establish the appropriate associated alerting thresholds. The software allows organizations to set thresholds dynamically so that IT is warned only when business services are affected. Available now, Patrol Analytics starts at $295.
Patrol Analytics, BMC