Now that it has wrapped up acquisition of Applied Data Research Inc from Ameritech, ballooning Garden City, New York-based Computer Associates Inc is faced with the problem of how to integrate ADR’s IBM mainframe software products with the rival offerings it has already developed or acquired from other sources. Most pressing is the case of ADR’s Datacom/DB database management system and its own CA/Universe relational database system, and here Computer Associates has made its plans clear. It intends to merge the two products incrementally over the next 18 to 24 months with the aim of ending up with a single relational answer to IBM’s DB2 to be called CA-Datacom/DB II. The first step to the merger will come in the 8.0 release of Datacom/DB and the 3.3 release of CA-Universe, both of which are due to hit the streets in the second quarter of next year. Datacom/DB’s transparency to IBM’s VSAM Virtual Storage Access Method, and its communications facilities, will be incorporated into CA/Universe, and that product’s Extended SQL will be added to Datacom/DB. Computer Associates, which has to keep 1,800 Datacom/DB and 200 CA/Universe sites worldwide happy, is promising that the merged CA-Datacom/DB II will offer a production-powered relational datavase that will fully support SQL and will protect customers’ investments by providing full upward compatibility in all IBM System 370 operating environments.