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Update More details have emerged on Computer Associates' just-announced partnership with Siemens AG to push its Unicenter platform in Europe (see CA buys Siemens TransView, development team). The deal that provoked this was CA's acquisition of Siemens' TransView product for SAP R/3 management, which will run on top of the Unicenter TNG framework. CA will set up development centres in Munich and Paderborn, and acquire the TransView development and marketing staff from Siemens. For its part, Siemens will bundle Unicenter with its RM series Unix servers and Primergy NT servers. Financial terms were not disclosed. Yogesh Gupta, Computer Associates' senior VP for product strategy, told The Register that Siemens realised its TransView product needed considerable investment and had been getting behind technologically, so Siemens picked CA as a partner. Gupta quoted IDC data to show that its Unicenter TNG leads the systems management market with a 25 per cent share and revenue of $2.42 billion, with nearly four million installations worldwide. Next is IBM, with an 18 per cent share if its mainframe and Tivoli products are added together. HP is third with five per cent, and Candle fourth with three per cent. The total worldwide revenue for the system management software market, according to IDC, is $8.87 billion. CA has announced that it expects a couple of poorer quarters because of a turndown associated with Y2K spending. The company had a total revenue of $4.7 billion in 1997, and is second to Microsoft as a software vendor. The juxtaposition of CA's Slough-based UK HQ and the German Siemens disposal set us thinking of John Betjeman's immortal lines, in which he expressed his distaste for Slough: "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough/It isn't fit for humans now". ® Click for more stories

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