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AIRLINE INDUSTRY FINDS SINGLE SOURCE FOR FARE RELATED DATA.

BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE:BMC), a provider of enterprise management solutions, has announced that Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) has chosen to extend its commitment to CONTROL-M for dynamic batch management. A long-time CONTROL-M customer for its mainframe batch processes, ATPCO is expanding its use of CONTROL-M to its distributed environment, which includes Windows NT, Linux, IBM AIX and HP servers. CONTROL-M enables ATPCO to manage and integrate dissimilar applications into one business flow, enabling ATPCO to better manage its fare-related batch processes to enrich its customers' online experience.

ATPCO offers the airline industry a single source for complete fare-related data through travel data services and solutions, including revenue accounting and decision support systems. ATPCO collects this information from over 500 airlines and distributes it to computer reservation systems (CRS) and global distribution systems (GDS). The CONTROL-M solution, which manages batch processing in both the distributed and mainframe environments, allows ATPCO to proactively manage batch processes according to their importance to the business, thus helping them achieve Business Service Management (BSM). BMC Software's BSM strategy enables companies to move beyond traditional IT management to better control their critical services from a business perspective.

"We've been using BMC Software's CONTROL-M products on the mainframe for more than eight years, submitting 15,000 jobs per day on average. Now, we realize our distributed systems environment can benefit from greater management of its batch processes so we need a tool that works seamlessly in both the distributed and mainframe environment," said Tim LaFollette, Data Center Manager, ATPCO. "CONTROL-M has been a solid solution for us, allowing us to update our database with the latest fare information. Having up-to-date and accurate fare information is critically important to maintain our competitiveness and reliability."

CONTROL-M is a business integrated scheduling product that focuses on the production environment's business applications and platforms. It provides advanced production-scheduling capabilities across the enterprise from a single point of control. CONTROL-M's unique architecture and multiple components address security, reliability, availability and scalability requirements. CONTROL-M combines job scheduling functions such as creating job flows, monitoring operations and error recovery with an infrastructure that enables complete enterprise integration, providing flexibility and availability for customers' business applications, integration and management challenges. It provides advanced production-scheduling capabilities across the enterprise from a single point of control.

"CONTROL-M allows ATPCO to manage critical batch processes across both their mainframe and distributed systems. This ability is essential and allows ATPCO to manage their batch scheduling from a single console," said Gur Steif, director, Application Management, BMC Software. "The batch and online environments are becoming increasingly dependent on one another in today's business services. BMC Software provides a unique solution for ATPCO to address these environments in totality from a business perspective, thus assuring the availability of their vital fare publishing services."

About ATPCO

ATPCO is the industry leader in the collection and distribution of airline fare data. ATPCO collects this information from more than 500 airlines worldwide and distributes it through multiple channels, including all global distribution systems (GDS), all computer reservation systems (CRS) and online travel agencies and airline Web sites. Beyond its core business, ATPCO offers value added services to support revenue accounting and revenue management through its TCN, proration and market analysis products. Airline owned, ATPCO's headquarters are in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Sao Paulo and Singapore.

For more information visit http://www.atpco.net.

About BMC Software

BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], is a leading provider of enterprise management solutions that empower companies to manage their IT infrastructure from a business perspective. Delivering Business Service Management, BMC Software solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. Founded in 1980, BMC Software has offices worldwide and fiscal 2004 revenues of more than $1.4 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.bmc.com or call 713/918-1649.
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