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Computerworld: BMC Brings Big Iron Management to the Masses

Apr 21, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc L. Songini)

"In a bid to help mainframe-dependent companies protect their big iron investments, BMC Software Inc. is rolling out software that will simplify and automate management processes for a wider audience of IT professionals.

"The Houston-based maker of business management applications on Monday plans to announce the System Advisor for z/OS, the first of a line of Java-based products designed to make it possible for nonmainframe specialists to manage mainframe resources. The System Advisor suite will, for example, allow network or Unix specialists to run systems through a simplified graphical user interface that uses text messages to help users configure and run application service management operations.

"The mainframe continues to play a role in IT, with new products based around Linux and IBM's WebSphere Web platform, as well as business applications from companies like SAP AG and Siebel Systems Inc, according to Calvin Guidry, vice president and general manager of enterprise systems management at BMC. But managing mainframes is becoming a more difficult task as companies face a shortage of big iron specialist..."

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