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CA today agreed to acquire Cybermation, which makes workload automation software for businesses, for $75 million in cash.

Privately held Cybermation, of Markham, Ontario, posted sales of $30 million in 2005.

Cybermation's software and services schedule "jobs," such as order fulfillment, maintenance and patch installation, across multiple computers in a network.

Job-scheduling software is an important piece of IT service management strategies, said Cybermation CEO Ray Nissan.

It allows computers to handle and automate processes by communicating with multiple applications and assigning resources on demand to complete each computing task.

This is important at a time when computers are being reconfigured for service-oriented architectures (SOA) . In these distributed computing models, Web services are shuttled to execute business processes, said Will Bauman, senior vice president of development for CA's workload automation products.

This market of management software is growing: IDC expects the business for job scheduling software will be worth $1.77 billion in 2010, said IDC analyst Stephen Elliot.

"Cybermation is a very well-run company and a nice pick-up for CA," Elliot said. "CA must rationalize its architecture and product portfolio. Cybermation has a strong management and engineering team that CA must retain."

CA said it will sell the Cybermation solutions as standalone products and eventually integrate them into its workload automation portfolio.

CA expects to close the deal, its latest in a shopping spree of purchases under CEO John Swainson, within 30 days.

CA has acquired compliance specialist Niku, network management player Concord Communications and security software maker Netegrity in the last few years.

Its last major bid was $375 million for application management vendor Wily Technologies in January.

Those are the big buys, indicative of an aggressive company shelling out billions to improve its competitive position in the management software market versus IBM, HP and others.