BMC Software Introduces Enhanced Workload Automation Solution Greatly Simplifying Change Management for Job Scheduling
* BMC CONTROL-M introduces Workload Lifecycle Management providing end-to-end change and version control capabilities
* Enables virtualized workloads, further demonstrating BMC’s investment in virtualization management
* Aligns to Business Service Management (BSM) capabilities by providing new features to set, model, monitor and report IT workload service level agreements (SLAs)
HOUSTON – September 16, 2008 – BMC Software (NYSE: BMC) today introduced a new version of BMC CONTROL-M with Workload Lifecycle Management, simplifying enterprise job scheduling and improving service to the end-user, while reducing costs. The release further sharpens BMC’s edge over competitors and strengthens its leadership in IT Workload Automation and Business Service Management (BSM).
With the new version of BMC CONTROL-M, customers can manage batch processes with a higher level of control and flexibility. This ability is becoming increasingly important as industry surveys indicate that more than 50 percent of critical business operations are performed in batch. Today’s batch environment is more complex than ever as jobs are increasingly integrated with business services and online processing.
Recognizing the need to manage change and minimize errors, the new BMC CONTROL-M release addresses the complexities of the growing batch environment with Workload Lifecycle Management, which provides end-to-end change and version control across multiple environments and platforms. With version control, personnel can track, report, compare and reinstate earlier versions of jobs as needed, while they determine what needs to be corrected in the new job, saving customers time and allowing them to deliver uninterrupted business services.
“BMC CONTROL-M is a solution organizations have used and trusted for decades,” said Andi Mann, research director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “The new BMC CONTROL-M release offers an added advantage over competitors with the introduction of the job version control feature because it works across both mainframe and distributed environments and provides efficient and accurate tools to track business processes.”
As the volume and complexity of batch jobs continue to increase, IT directors are faced with concerns about delays, added labor expenses and decreased service levels. Cox Enterprises is one such customer who will benefit from the new capabilities provided by this solution.
“As one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services with revenues of $15 billion, we pride ourselves in delivering the best service possible to our customers both internally and externally,” said Doug Greene, manager, Production Operations, Cox Enterprises. “We use BMC CONTROL-M to manage the IT needs for human resources and payroll activities for our company’s more than 80,000 employees. We have been able to greatly improve operational efficiency across the organization and meet on-time delivery of our business services.”
Workload Lifecycle Management also addresses compliance and auditing challenges by identifying changes, allowing personnel to recover from errors and create reports for auditors. Customer feedback indicates that this enhanced solution can save approximately 30 to 40 percent of IT personnel time by automating change management in the batch environment.
BMC CONTROL-M’s new virtualization capabilities reduce dependencies on hardware configurations by allowing for virtual workloads that are highly portable and resilient to changes. In collaboration with its existing agentless scheduling capabilities, BMC CONTROL-M extends virtualization management to further reduce costs and deployment time.
Providing new features that set, model, monitor and report IT workload SLAs, BMC CONTROL-M’s new predictive functionalities allow IT organizations to create “what if” scenarios and guarantee that workloads will meet SLAs – even during periodic or seasonal variations in transaction volumes. BMC CONTROL-M also allows for proactive notification to highlight and prevent potential problems or delays.
Whether it is helping customers deliver ice cream to a store, facilitate a financial transaction, sell a book or deliver a much-needed weather report, BMC CONTROL-M helps meet the business goals of organizations around the world. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) uses BMC CONTROL-M to compile weather forecasts throughout Sweden and surrounding areas using their meteorological and oceanographic expertise.
“Our ability to deliver business services in a timely and accurate manner can mean life and death in some cases,” said Maria Karlsson, systems manager, SMHI. “With vast quantities of data being gathered around the clock from land-based weather stations, balloons, ships, buoys, aircraft, weather radar, satellites and lightning systems, we need a reliable solution that allows us to batch all of our information and deliver accurate weather reports on time. The information we provide allows us to care for the environment, protect property and human life and minimize costs, and the BMC CONTROL-M solution is the valued and proven partner that we trust to deliver our truly critical business services.”
Bill Miller, senior vice president and general manager of BMC’s Mainframe Service Management business unit, summarizes the importance of this solution. “With more than 2,000 organizations depending on BMC CONTROL-M, it becomes critical to provide much-needed workload automation capabilities to ensure our customers’ success. With Workload Lifecycle Management now offered in BMC CONTROL-M we continue to extend our leadership position in the market, reduce labor intensive tasks, improve productivity and ultimately allow organizations to efficiently and effectively deliver on their business services.”
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About BMC Software
MC Software is a leading global provider of enterprise management solutions that empower companies to automate their IT and prove its business value. Delivering Business Service Management and Service Automation, BMC solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. For the four fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2008, BMC revenue was approximately $1.78 billion. For more information, visit www.bmc.com.
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