CA to Acquire Platinum

In a deal estimated to value $3.5 billion, Computer Associates International Inc. (CA, will acquire Platinum Technology International Inc. (

With the acquisition, CA will attain Platinum's knowledge management, data warehouse, database tools and application lifecycle management. CA will integrate these into its Jasmine object-oriented database tool.

Platinum provides software products and consulting services to large companies to manage and improve their IT infrastructures, including systems and database management, e-commerce, application infrastructure management, data warehousing, knowledge management, decision support and Y2K reengineering. The 12-yeal-old company has more than 120 offices across 6 continents.

Platinum's consulting and implementation services will also complement CA's Global Professional Services (GPS), formed last April to provide more turnkey solutions. Platinum will extend this service in Europe where it has a large presence. -- Brian Ploskina, Assistant Editor

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