SOFTWARE giant Computer Associates has announced a wide-ranging global alliance with the British-based Fujitsu subsidiary ICL to jointly promote their open systems and groupware products. The collaboration, in which the two firms will make joint presentations to larger corporate accounts for certain product mixes, is seen largely as an extension of a close relationship between ICL and ASK Ingres, the United States-based software company that Computer Associates bought last May. It is understood Computer Associates had also been attracted by ICL's strength in Europe, where it hopes to bolster its position through the co-operative agreement. A spokesman for Computer Associates, the world's second-largest software company, said the two firms had put together a product package for joint development and marketing that would closely integrate systems management products, groupware, and database management products. Terry McManus, ICL's East Asia product marketing manager, said the companies had already met in Hong Kong to decide how the alliance would be implemented at the local level. ''There is a pretty good fit generally between CA's [Computer Associates] portfolio of products and our own,'' Mr McManus said. Under the agreement, ICL will contribute technology from its Access Manager, TeamOFFICE, TeamDistributor and open systems management centre (OSMC) to future releases of Computer Associates' CA-UNICENTER. ICL will include the current version of CA-UNICENTER as part of its systems management portfolio, which it plans to ship on CD-ROM with every TeamServer and SuperServer product. The partnership, which was signed last week, will also develop and market groupware products, which it maintains are the core of any client-server software. Within certain agreed markets, Computer Associates will offer ICL's TeamOffice as its core groupware solution for productivity and messaging in the client-server environment. ICL claimed TeamOffice is the leading groupware product in Europe, and said the product was recently endorsed by its parent, the Japanese computing giant, Fujitsu, as its foundation groupware product for Japan. Fujitsu generally operates at an arm's length from ICL. The agreement extends to database management, where Computer Associates agreed to ongoing development and support for its newly acquired CA-Ingres database on all ICL platforms, including massively parallel processing systems running on the Goldrush relational database server. As part of that agreement, CA will acquire ICL's extensions to Ingres for Goldrush. Mr McManus said ''ICL has a good track record in the UNIX world, and the TeamWare products are getting a lot of attention now'', making ICL an attractive partner for Computer Associates. Thomas Ng, the newly-appointed Computer Associates' managing director, said it would take some time for the impact of the alliance to be felt at the local level because each local office looked at how to implement partnership details. In the open systems market, Mr Ng said Computer Associates had probably worked closest with Hewlett-Packard in Hong Kong, largely because of its strength in UNIX. It also had close ties with Sun Microsystems, largely on the strength of Sun's standing in the finance market, he said. ''But ICL has some good open-systems products, so its a natural fit,'' Mr Ng said.