CA buys IT support software maker Control-F1

CA has acquired Control-F1 Corp., an IT support automation software maker based in Calgary, Alberta, for an undisclosed sum.

CA has acquired Control-F1, an IT-support automation software maker based in Calgary, Alberta. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Control-F1's SupportBridge products are designed to automatically detect, prevent and repair end-user computer problems. Through an earlier partnership arrangement, Control-F1 has already made SupportBridge interoperable with CA's Unicenter Service Desk software.

Bringing together the two product lines would help CA fill out its IT support software portfolio and offer end-to-end tools for desktop support planning, deployment, maintenance, diagnostics and disaster recovery, CA said.

Founded in 1999, Control-F1 is a venture-capital backed, privately held company with 80 customers including Accenture Ltd., Choice Hotels International, Columbia University, IBM Global Services, The New York Times and Wipro.

Control-F1 founder, Vinay Gidwaney, plans to join CA as vice-president of sales strategy and execution.

CA said it would sell Control-F1's software as standalone products and would also incorporate them into its portfolio of Business Service Optimisation products.

CA (formerly Computer Associates) grew rapidly through acquisitions in the 1990s before an accounting scandal derailed the company.

Under new leadership, it has once again begun buying other vendors, although executives said they were focused on only acquiring companies with complementary technologies and strong growth prospects.

Last week, CA agreed to pay $US375 million to buy management software maker Wily Technology.

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