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CA Technologies, a management software and solutions company based in Islandia, has acquired WatchMouse — an online application performance monitoring service — as part of the company’s expansion efforts.

Netherlands-based WatchMouse will be the tenth company CA Technologies has bought in the last 18 months, said CA spokeswoman Jennifer Hallahan. In March, CA acquired Interactive TKO, a Texas software company, for $330 million. Both the ITKO and WatchMouse deals have not officially closed.

CA would not disclose any details of the transaction on WatchMouse.

The addition of WatchMouse will augment CA’s services in application monitoring for large enterprises and IT service management for medium-sized companies, CA officials said.

WatchMouse is able to monitor performance in cloud, mobile and Web applications, and has over 60 monitoring stations in more than 40 countries — including one in New York City.

One of CA’s current goals is to acquire new customers from the mid-market — or companies that make between $300 million to $2 billion in revenues — through Nimsoft, an IT management service CA bought a year and a half ago, said Lokesh Jindal, senior vice president of business unit strategy for Nimsoft. “We're delivering a new product and solution called IT management and services,” he said. “This particularly technology compliments the existing two offerings we have, which are unified monitoring and unified service management.”

In addition, WatchMouse will improve CA’s application performance management services for larger companies, said Melissa Sargeant, senior director of service assurance.

Current CA solutions only monitor user activity on a business program, but WatchMouse will be able to track application performance 24/7 — even when there are no users — which will “help (us) be more proactive with problem resolution,” she said.

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