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MAINVIEW INCREASES ENTERPRISE PRODUCTIVITY.

BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE:BMC), Houston, a provider of enterprise management, has introduced four new MAINVIEW solutions that increase the availability and reliability of core components of the information technology (IT) infrastructure which enables enterprise business services. MAINVIEW for IP, MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for OS/390, MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for SAP High Availability and MAINVIEW Storage Resource Manager leverage integrated performance monitoring and intelligent automation to enable customers to improve service delivery, lower their total cost of ownership and increase their return on investment (ROI) for their key IT components including the network, server, storage and applications.

BMC Software's strategy with its MAINVIEW solutions is to help IT professionals achieve performance objectives and increase productivity across the z/OS and OS/390 enterprise through monitoring, management, optimization and automation. The unparalleled level of integration between BMC Software's performance management and automation products allow companies to proactively manage their IT environments, exceed service level agreements (SLAs) and improve customer satisfaction. With these new products, BMC Software is delivering on this strategy by incorporating object management and automation, providing high availability for SAP systems on the mainframe, controlling network traffic flow and simplifying storage management.

"We have Web, GUI and 3270 access to our z/OS based CICS/DB2 applications," said Larry Riggen, principal technology consultant, Cinergy Corp., one of the leading energy companies in the United States. "The MAINVIEW products provide us a way to proactively monitor these applications. MAINVIEW's alarm capability gets information about potential problems to our technical and business experts in real time. This allows issues to be resolved more quickly, improving service and reducing resource consumption. With this announcement we are glad to see that BMC Software is continuing to improve its mainframe line of products to give customers a competitive advantage."

MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR Solutions Ensure 24/7 Operation

MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR solutions improve the operator's productivity and ability to deliver high system availability through automation and rules-based operations. Additionally, MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR solutions support IMS, CICS, WebSphere MQ and TapeSHARE. BMC Software is leveraging the advances in object technology with the introduction of its Total Object Manager (TOM), now available with MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for OS/390 version 6.3.01. TOM is a key component in delivering business service management (BSM) by enabling IT administrators to use object management as an umbrella for the management and automation of key resources that are critical in meeting business objectives. With TOM, MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for OS/390 allows customers to more fully and easily control key IT assets across the Sysplex, setting a new standard in assuring the availability and interdependencies of key resources. TOM creates the foundation for managing divergent objects with complex inter-dependencies, for example UNIX System Services (USS) processes, MQ queues and SAP applications, which enables companies to proactively address system changes before they become system problems.

MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for SAP High Availability, the newest addition to the MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR family, ensures 24/7 operation of the SAP system by constantly monitoring the major system services and copying those services to alternative address spaces when a failure occurs. The combination of the PATROL for SAP Solutions suite, key services in UNIX System Services and MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR gives MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for SAP High Availability the ability to activate movement of the essential services before they fail.

"Companies now, like never before, are in the business of optimizing the return on their business investment and assuring performance of their critical business resources," said Will Bauman, vice president, MAINVIEW Solutions, Enterprise Systems Management, BMC Software. "BMC Software understands the needs of these customers and is not only seeking to lower the costs of managing critical business systems, but at the same time is simplifying the management of the mainframe. BMC has a rich tradition of increasing the efficiency and productivity of mainframe personnel and these new solutions continue to increase productivity across the OS/390 enterprise."

MAINVIEW SRM and MAINVIEW for IP Guarantee IT Infrastructure Meets Demand

BMC Software has redesigned its MAINVIEW Storage Resource Manager (MAINVIEW SRM) suite of products to simplify purchase decisions for customers and streamline operations. MAINVIEW SRM manages performance and space consumption for various storage resources and processes. MAINVIEW SRM consolidates eight products into three solutions: MAINVIEW SRM Reporting, MAINVIEW SRM Allocation, and MAINVIEW SRM Automation. In addition, BMC Software has strengthened the allocation features to expand OS/390 space management functions, which reduce the incidence of space-related processing problems, and added new system-level functions that intercept abend conditions or standards violations, thus providing services without any JCL changes.

All data from the mainframe for Web applications travels over TCP/IP networks and MAINVIEW for IP simplifies the monitoring of these networks, thereby improving service by ensuring the highest levels of data availability. BMC Software's MAINVIEW for IP monitors and manages the availability, throughput and tuning of mission-critical TCP/IP applications. MAINVIEW for IP provides proactive notification of exception conditions, enabling customers to resolve problems before they become issues for their users, as well as real-time and historical reporting and monitoring on SLAs to ensure high quality of service. MAINVIEW for IP 2.2 has added network traffic controls that enable customers to prioritize data for transmission, allowing customers to more closely align TCP/IP availability with business service objectives and assuring availability of the resources needed to meet business goals.

About BMC Software's MAINVIEW Solutions

The MAINVIEW family of products provides integrated, easy-to-use and cost effective solutions for monitoring, managing, automating and optimizing z/OS and OS/390 applications and resources. Through its unique Single System Image (SSI) support, MAINVIEW collects data from many systems in many locations and displays that data in a single view, allowing customers to monitor and manage multiple OS/390 and z/OS systems as though they were one. MAINVIEW solutions deliver foundation monitoring and automation across the entire mainframe environment, including both traditional and Parallel Sysplex environments, as well as dynamic optimization, application quality management, storage monitoring and capacity planning. Together, these capabilities enable customers to meet service levels, reduce complexity, identify and solve potential problems quickly and reduce the overall information technology total cost of ownership.

MAINVIEW for IP is available now with a starting price of $24,000 while MAINVIEW for SRM is also available with a starting price of $32,263. The new version of MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for OS/390 is available with starting at $32,000 while MAINVIEW AutoOPERATOR for SAP is available now with pricing starting at $18,000.

About BMC Software

BMC Software, Inc., is a leader in enterprise management. The company focuses on Assuring Business Availability(R) for its customers by helping them proactively improve service, reduce costs and increase value to their business. BMC Software solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. Through its Business Service Management strategy, the company's solutions enable customers to have a complete view of their business and IT operations by linking their IT resources to business objectives. Founded in 1980, BMC Software has offices worldwide and is a member of the S&P 500, with fiscal year 2002 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.bmc.com or call 713/918-3518.
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Date:Jun 1, 2003
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