CA CEO outlines “built to change” agenda

LAS VEGAS – When Mike Gregoire took the reins of CA Technologies as its new CEO back in early 2013 he pledged to makeover the company into a software innovator.

Nearly three-years later the fortunes of CA have dramatically moved upwards as the New York-based vendor inches closer to becoming a $5 billion software dynamo.

At this year’s CA World, Gregorie made a prediction to the more than 5,000 customers, prospects and channel partners on hand to learn more about CA’s digital transformation plans.

Gregorie’s prediction: “Successful companies of the future will be built to change by putting software at the centre of everything they do.”

Gregorie made the “Built To Change” strategy the company’s new calling card. He said that against a backdrop of constant economic disruption, creating a business model that is built to last is “out of step with the new digital reality.”

He added that the idea of sustainable competitive advantage has given way to the more contemporary concept of business agility, meaning the ability to automatically sense, react and adapt quickly to shifting market dynamics.

Built to Change companies understand that current structures and ecosystems are vulnerable to better ideas. From how they manage talent, to how they avoid being tied to fixed assets, to how they take risks, Built To Change companies focus on business agility, which in turn enables them to drive rapid, continuous improvement in customer experience.

“Software is now the core component of a business’ DNA,” he said. “It is the essential customer-facing engine for sensing and responding to new needs, threats, and opportunities. Regardless of your industry sector or end product, every brand will be represented, communicated and judged through technology.”

Gregoire explained that the marketplace is in the middle of a massive global business revolution, where conventional leadership, human resources, and financial management principles are being challenged. “All of this requires a new mindset – and agility across your business – in how you use technology and how you build software. We must optimize for responsiveness to capitalize on new opportunities, make room for innovation, and deliver unique value to our customers,” he said.

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