50 BMC Mainframe Innovations – System/370 Period (1970-1980)

The introduction of System/370 expanded the ways business harnessed computing.  In putting more business work on the mainframe, IT had to shift from executing programs to managing business work on the systems.


In the second half of the decade Boole and Babbage (acquired by BMC in 1999) introduced solutions for monitoring and reporting on business transactions, and for providing real-time monitoring of the systems.  In addition, BGS Systems (acquired by BMC in 1998) introduced the first analytical modeling capability for predicting the performance and capacity of mainframes.   These innovations guided IT into the next phase of their evolution.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1970 – 1980)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)

1978 – Control/IMS(R) Realtime offered real time monitoring for IMS.

1977 – CMF provided mainframe systems with a real-time monitor

1976 – BEST/1 delivered the first commercial “what-if?” modeling tool for mainframes.

1976 – Control/IMS Performance Reporter and Transaction Accounting introduced IMS transaction-level batch performance reports


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at www.bmc.com/mainframeanniversary


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Jay Lipovich

Jay Lipovich

G. Jay Lipovich is a Principal Product Manager for mainframe systems management and cost optimization at BMC Software. He has many years’ experience in the design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure and data management. This includes design strategy and performance evaluation for a mainframe hardware vendor; infrastructure performance consulting for industry and US government agencies; and design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure management solutions. He has published numerous articles in trade journals defining approaches to infrastructure performance management and cost optimization. Mr. Lipovich is ITIL Foundation and CDE certified.