April 24, 2013 - CA Technologies announced CA Clarity Playbook, a mobile application delivered as a software-as-a-service offering, that the company says allows organizations to strategically manage their technology investments in the context of high-level business goals and objectives — from devices such as iPads.
CA Clarity Playbook is designed to make it easy for IT executives to quickly collaborate with key business process stakeholders and respond more quickly to changing business needs, CA says.
"IT and the business have to work hand in hand to create new revenue streams and deliver a differentiated brand experience — even in the face of finite structural and human resources," Lokesh Jindal, general manager, Service and Portfolio Management at CA Technologies, said in a statement. "CA Clarity Playbook enables this critical coordination by giving executives the ability to nimbly adapt plans, activities and priorities."
With CA Clarity Playbook, IT managers can use a dashboard-style mobile workspace to define strategic objectives, goals and initiatives; collaborate with stakeholders on strategic plans; leverage information from operational systems; assess alignment of IT investments with business objectives; visualize investment financials in real time; and evaluate the impact of new priorities on in-place plans.
According to a research study by CA, few CIOs are directly involved in defining business strategy — even though 73 percent of business executives acknowledge that IT is central to the execution of that strategy. CA Clarity Playbook helps address this disconnect, the company says, by liberating executives from the manual, annual planning cycles of the past so they can more proactively leverage emerging business opportunities and technological innovations.
The platform can draw from information sources both in the cloud and across the enterprise to keep strategic initiatives aligned with organizational goals, CA says. Users can access CA Clarity Playbook workspace from an iPad app or from a tablet or desktop running an HTML5-compatible Web browser.
“To successfully cope with today’s intense time-to-market pressures, business leaders need the same kind of real-time, multidimensional visibility into IT as they have into sales pipelines and supply chains,” Jeffrey Kaplan, managing director of THINKstrategies Inc. and founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace, said in a statement. “It has simply become impractical for them to continue depending on periodic second-hand IT reporting that can’t be dynamically queried and is often out-of-date by the time it arrives on their desks.”
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