William E. Mccracken, CEO, CA Technologies, was in India recently. Formerly known as Computer Associates, and the first software company to cross the billion-dollar sales figure, CA Technologies has undergone transformtion since its former Chairman was caught up in an insider-trading imbroglio a few years ago. The company has made India its largest technology-delivery centre. Excerpts from an interaction with BT'S Kushan Mitra.
This company today is completely different in terms of its structure than before. I believe we have successfully dealt with the issues of the past. I do not believe anybody really offers the extensive suite of products that we do and our products help a host of different products from a variety of vendors work seamlessly. "We make it all work" is what we say to customers. We work closely with the top system integrators in India; we do compete with them, and I believe that gives us a major advantage.
We intend to find attractive companies to buy in the software space and have even kept a sum of money aside to make good acquisitions in the technology space. I feel that there are some very attractive buys in technology, but we have not finalised any purchase decisions as yet.
We just opened a new technology centre in Hyderabad to cater to our expanding headcount in India, which currently numbers 1,600 and which, I hope, will expand to 2,500 in the next few years. More importantly, while India does provide us brilliant engineers, this visit also gives me a chance to interact with our customers. India is one of our fastest-growing markets and as we try to get more sales from regions other than North America, India will play a growing role.