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IT Channel News Briefs, Jan. 6

Today's headlines: Bad times make outsourced CRM look good; CA to buy Orchestria

Bad times make CRM outsourcing look good

The financial meltdown has left many organizations scrambling with budget cuts, layoffs and reorganizations. And, the recession has made outsourcing CRM and other functions more attractive, according to

Before the economic meltdown, outsourcing was already growing strong. Gartner Inc. predicts 60% growth in offshore IT outsourcing in the U.S. in 2009 and 40% growth in Europe. In addition, The Hackett Group, a Miami-based consulting firm, predicts that a quarter of IT jobs at Global 1000 companies may be moved offshore by 2010.

CA to buy Orchestria

CA Inc. announced plans to acquire Orchestria Corp., one of the few remaining independent data loss prevention (DLP) technology vendors. CA plans to sell Orchestria's DLP product alongside CA's identity and access management software, according to Islandia, N.Y.-based CA said it expects to retain nearly all of Orchestria's employees. The deal is expected to close by the end of January.

IBM completes ILOG buyIBM completed its $340 million buyout of ILOG, the Paris-based supplier of supply chain management software.

ILOG claims more than 2,500 customers, 850 employees and runs operations in 30 countries. Products include the ILOG Business Rule Management System (BRMS), Optimization, Visualization, and Supply Chain Management (SCM) portfolios which will be added to IBM's own business process management portfolio.

Virtualization boosts automated server provisioning

Automated server provisioning is a huge advantage that server virtualization can make real, according to The ability to build up virtual server environments, rearrange them at will, and break them down within minutes is an entirely new value proposition.

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