07 DEC 2012
BMC Relaunches BladeLogic with Emphasis on Unified Change, Configuration, and Compliance Automation
BMC Software recently relaunched its flagship BladeLogic Automation Suite with a new set of marketing messages and development priorities designed to address immediate customer opportunities to reduce cost, complexity, and downtime across datacenter server, network, middleware, databases, and software. BMC's decision to reinvigorate the BladeLogic brand with the theme of "Learn, Resolve, Control" underscores the importance of basic change, configuration, and compliance automation to the productivity and day-to-day operational efficiency of enterprise class IT organizations.
01 DEC 2012
EMA Radar™ for Advanced Performance Analytics (APA) Use Cases: Q4 2012
BMC gained one of the APA crown jewels as far back as 2007 when the vendor acquired ProactiveNet. This was significantly enhanced by two additional acquisitions – Neptuny for cross-domain capacity planning analytics in 2010, and Coradiant in April of 2011 for one of the industry’s most versatile capabilities in end-user-experience-driven analytics. So not surprisingly, for this APA Radar, BMC has leveraged its ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite, which includes BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM), BMC Capacity Optimization, and BMC End User Experience Management (EUEM), as well as its BMC Cloud Operations Management capabilities for assimilating and optimizing unique cloud-related requirements into its overall service management capabilities. BMC is consistently among the highest across all 22 vendors in functionality and architectural strength, and a clear Value Leader in change impact and capacity planning as described below. And as BMC continues to evolve and further integrate its analytic capabilities, it should further enhance its position as one of the very strongest APA solution sets in the industry.
21 NOV 2012
Predicts 2013: Digitalization Powers Education
The how, when, where and what of learning will be dramatically disrupted as bits and bytes supplant time and place as the value propositions in the education ecosystem. This research highlights some predicted disrupters to the ecosystem over the next five years.
15 OCT 2012
Usability and Simplicity in Workload Automation: BMC Releases Control-M v8
Read why EMA’s Torsten Volk believes that “Control-M v8 constitutes a major version upgrade, demonstrating that BMC has understood that the next frontier in workload automation is making this former datacenter-only discipline much more available and accessible to business stakeholders,” achieving BMC’s aims of delivering “The Power of Simple.”
12 OCT 2012
BMC joins forces with Amazon Web Services to speed the enterprise cloud
The 451 Group
There could hardly be an odder couple in IT than the Texan company that got its break managing mainframes and the Seattle upstart still better known for selling books. Yet BMC and AWS bring complementary strengths to their longstanding, now expanded alliance. BMC understands that enterprises have heterogeneous infrastructure, complex processes and compliance needs, and little opportunity to start from a clean slate. AWS knows all about spinning up elastic resources on-demand. The combination could lend AWS enterprise respectability while giving BMC a modern, cloudy luster.
28 SEP 2012
Case Study: Sanofi’s Successful I&O Transformation Approach
In 2010, Sanofi, a large multinational in the healthcare market, embarked on a business transformation in response to increasing market complexity. Similar market complexities are affecting most industries, and businesswide transformation is key to addressing these challenges. In particular, infrastructure and operations (I&O) transformation should concentrate on shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach focused on satisfying customer requirements and increasing business competitiveness. This Forrester case study provides a blueprint for successfully transforming the I&O organization from a siloed approach to a global, integrated structure and addresses necessary changes to people, process, and technology.
25 SEP 2012
Vendor Rating: BMC Software
Overall Rating: Positive BMC Software continues to build its portfolio to address broad heterogeneous requirements with acquisitions and to develop a new channel to market to new buyers.
15 AUG 2012
BMC upgrades cloud management products and tweaks application performance
The 451 Group
BMC Software has unveiled major new features in its Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Cloud Operations Management products. The company has also tackled application performance management (APM) with new features in its End User Experience Management and a homegrown Application Diagnostics tool. Three of these four are based on acquisitions, reflecting the steps this venerable company has taken to adapt to a dynamic and changing enterprise IT software market. Customers say they're saving money and getting more use out of their systems with the BMC products.
01 AUG 2012
Market Overview: Cloud Infrastructure Services 2012
As promised by hype-building marketers, the cloud is now everywhere. As cloud has lost its buzzword reputation and is instead a requirement in many IT departments, IT buyers are now spending serious money on the various flavors of cloud technology. However, given the many choices, clients are confused. “Where should I buy what and from whom? What’s secure and what’s not? What are the hidden costs and risks? Who are the leading vendors? How about service level guarantees?” they ask. This report attempts to clarify some of the confusion in the cloud infrastructure services market. We will define the market, explain the different sub-markets, and provide information on market size and growth as well as on trends. Finally, we will also provide guidance regarding the who’s who on the vendor side. Two follow-up reports will focus specifically on SAP hosting trends in the cloud era and cloud management technologies.
25 JUL 2012
BMC Updates Cloud Management Software Portfolio to Make Stronger
With the recent back-to-back announcements of BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management 3.0, BMC Cloud Operations Management 9.0, and cloud-oriented extensions to BMC APM, BMC launched a major set of business-oriented enhancements to its ever-expanding cloud management software portfolio.
12 JUN 2012
2012 WLA Radar Report
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, and founded in 1980, BMC Software has posted a 2011 revenue of $2.1 billion, which is the thirdlargest in our field, behind IBM ($107 billion) and CA Technologies ($4.4 billion). BMC has developed from a vendor of mainframe management software in the 1980s, into a company known for its business service centric approach of managing distributed and mainframe environments. Control-M, BMC’s workload automation product, carries this business DNA, connecting IT resource management and optimization with the overarching business processes. Control-M became part of BMC’s portfolio through the acquisition of New Dimension Software for $673 million in 1999. In 2006, BMC released Batch Impact Manager, a predictive analytics driven tool that helps administrators diagnose critical path issues before they turn into business problems. To further advance IT resource optimization, BMC has recently focused on including virtualization and cloud computing solutions into its product portfolio as well as enabling business users with self service.
11 JUN 2012
ROI Case Study: Lumen21 and BMC Remedyforce
Lumen21, a technology managed services provider, faced rapidly increasing costs to manage and configure its on-premise incident tracking solution. It implemented BMC Remedyforce Service Desk based on Force.com to enable it to grow while avoiding incremental additional staff. ROI: 7148%; Payback: 1 week; Average annual benefit: $1,483,051.
05 JUN 2012
Competitive Positioning of Shipping Products from Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Summit
This slide was presented at the 2012 Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Summit: “IT Operations Scenario” session by Ronni Colville and Deb Curtis.
01 JUN 2012
Cloud-Enabling Technologies Overview, Automation & Management - Infrastructure
The 451 Group
This report examines the ‘Automation & Management – Infrastructure’ market from a quantitative perspective. This sector comprises the entire stack that provides insight into and control of a virtual or cloud infrastructure. It includes monitoring tools that apply the principles of performance monitoring to applications running inside VMs; capacity planning that provides historical capacity insights and predictive modeling, enabling future capacity management of VMs; and automation tools that seek to contain VM sprawl, or the uncontrolled number of system images brought about by virtualization. It also includes the cloud management vendors that help provision and automate processes in the cloud and streamline the private cloud environment.
26 MAR 2012
Supply chain management vendor JDA Software aims to stand out in the cloud
The 451 Group
When Joe King, senior vice president, cloud services, at supply chain management vendor JDA Software, learned that it could take weeks or months to set JDA's prospects up with proofs of concept of its software, he challenged his VP of operations, John Frazier, to find a better way. Luckily, Frazier had an answer to hand. Prior customer implementations had already ended up on Amazon's EC2. JDA implementation teams were conveying that customers wanted rapid deployment, but Frazier knew he also needed to provide business stability.
15 FEB 2012
EMA Radar™ for CMDB/CMS Use Cases: From Database to Federation Q1 2012
BMC’s core functionality for this radar targeted two solutions: BMC Atrium CMDB and Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) for application dependency mapping. At the time of this evaluation, the BMC Atrium CMDB was version 7.6.04 and ADDM was version 8.3. While it is my strong recommendation that this radar be approached for insights into design and packaging strengths and limitations—versus a footrace with a winner and a loser—if there were a single winner here, it would be BMC. BMC had the highest overall rankings as averaged across the three use cases, and a clear position of dominance in Change Management and Change Impact Analytics—the heartland of the CMDB/CMS.
27 JAN 2012
BMC Expands Mainframe Support with the Acquisition of I/O Concepts
Reaffirming its commitment to providing support for mainframes, BMC announced the acquisition of mainframe console management solution provider, I/O Concepts. The acquired solution set is being transitioned into BMC’s MainView product line and includes functionality for enabling console consolidation, console security, and automation. ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) analysts believe this acquisition enhances BMC positioning in the mainframe management market space.