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BMC swoops for MQSoftware

Adds middleware management to portfolio

By Steve Evans

Business Service Management (BSM) firm BMC Software has announced the acquisition of middleware management vendor MQSoftware. The deal is expected to expand BMC’s management platform to enable clients to manage their entire mainframe infrastructure.

BMC says that most IT departments monitor, diagnose and address middleware and business transaction issues in silos, rather than looking at them within the context of the enterprise as a whole. This acquisition enables clients to communicate between the mainframe and distributed environments across the middleware environment.

The company claims that the unified offering will reduce costs by up to 30% by eliminating monitoring silos for transactions and messaging middleware; reduce downtime by 90% due to improved performance monitoring; and boost staff productivity by 40% by simplifying management tasks.

“The MQSoftware acquisition further strengthens BMC’s cross-enterprise solution set and underscores our commitment to deliver a unified Business Service Management offering that allows customers to reduce complexity and cost,” said Bill Miller, president of BMC’s mainframe service management business unit. “It’s clear that removing the silos around messaging middleware and transaction monitoring will lead to significant savings for our customers.”

MQSoftware is already a BMC Technology and MarketZone partner so integration should not cause too many issues. MQSoftware’s transaction monitoring product has already been integrated into BMC’s mainframe transaction platform.

BMC recently posted better than expected financial results, with a 3% rise in revenue to $450m. Software licence sales rose nearly 12% to $167m to boost net income to $82.4m, up from $1.2m for the year ago quarter.

Although BMC has been active on the acquisition front, this is its first deal that will impact its mainframe business, a move which BMC says reinforces the importance of the mainframe to today’s enterprises.

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Financial details of the deal have not been revealed.

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