BMC Software Acquires StreamStep

Drives faster, more efficient, cost-effective application release processes

HOUSTON, Oct. 5, 2011 – BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC), the leader in IT management, today announced the acquisition of StreamStep, a business software provider focused on accelerating enterprise application delivery and improving release quality.

The integration of StreamStep’s process management capabilities into BMC’s Application Release Automation (ARA) solution expands BMC’s ongoing efforts to support seamless application management from development to production.
Development and operations must collaborate closely to manage application changes successfully into production – a cultural shift in IT that is commonly referred to as DevOps.
“For over five years HomeAway has scaled its product development and hosting operations leveraging a DevOps framework at the core,” said Steve Davis, senior vice president of Operations at HomeAway. “As an early adopter of StreamStep, HomeAway utilizes this agile platform tool to enable rapid release and process change to collaboratively support hundreds of releases per month.” 
Business agility demands applications to change faster than ever, but commonplace disjointed manual and scripted application release processes cannot keep pace with business demands. Improving and accelerating the overall process of releasing and updating business applications has the potential to increase business agility while also reducing outages, development and support requirements for IT departments and creating significant savings.
“With the move to more cloud computing, development is producing business application changes at breakneck speed. This magnifies the challenges with current, often manual scripted processes,” said Scott Fulton, vice president and general manager of Cloud and Service Operations at BMC. “Without a shift to an automated release process, the result is costly bottlenecks in deploying new and updated applications while also increasing the frequency of unexpected outages. With StreamStep, BMC is the only company that can provide complete end-to-end application release capabilities, without changing current processes, and enables IT organizations to provide an end user experience that delights their customers.”
The new BMC Release Process Management solution based on StreamStep’s technology directly addresses DevOps requirements and will streamline and automate release activities from development to production, enabling capture, modeling and management of current application release processes.
“The benefit of an ARA tool is that it will add reliability to the deployment process, with less custom scripting, and by documenting variations across environments to reduce configuration errors and downtime,” notes Ronni Colville, vice president, distinguished analyst in IT Operations Management at Gartner, in a recent report*.
The BMC Release Process Management solution drives more efficient, cost-effective application release processes:
  • End-to-end release process transparency without requiring changes to existing release processes
  • A central, web-based environment that provides a single source of truth which Development and IT Operations can use to collaborate on application releases
  • Integration with application lifecycle management and IT Service Management to coordinate the manual, scripted and automated tasks required to manage the release process
  • Support for the cultural and process change required to support agile business practices
BMC Release Process Management is part of the BMC  Application Release Automation solution that eliminates change, configuration and release integration and hand-off issues by providing market-leading automation capabilities in the following areas:
  • Process Management
  • Environment Management
  • Deployment Management
  • Root Cause Analysis
Additional Information
*Gartner, Inc., Application Release Automation Is a Key to DevOps, Ronni J. Colville, August 23, 2011.

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