BMC, one of the leading Business Service Management Software companies, today announced significant update to their workload automation tool, Control-M. Control-M is BMC’s solution to help enterprise automate their workloads, instead of a more traditional scheduling, across mainframes, distributed, virtual, hybrid and cloud environments. Control-M is pushed as a one stop solution that eliminates the need to use multiple automation tools for different environments. With this tool, enterprises can easily keep applications running irrespective of where they are running.
I have written many posts about how enterprise IT is embracing iPad wholeheartedly and few months back I saw the video of Cloupia’s CloudGenie App for Flexpod which strengthened my belief that infrastructure management vendors should have tablet support as a core feature because IT is expecting to use iPad or other smartphones. BMC’s Workload Automation Survey conducted this year highlighted the same point. According to the survey, 31% of the respondents say they use mobile apps to manage business applications. To meet this increasing demand, BMC has released Control-M Self Service App for iOS devices. This app enables Control-M users to manage automated workload activity such as monitoring and managing scheduled processing and complex event workloads using iOS devices. According to BMC, their customers are very excited about this mobile app and they find the app intuitive and user friendly.
Another significant feature in this new update is the availability of embedded BI tool with Control-M application. BMC has partnered with IBM to let their users tap into Cognos Business Intelligence tool from inside of Control-M application. This will let the business leaders and IT in an organization to interact with their workload automation tasks and understand if work will be completed on time to satisfy their business needs. This adds an entire layer of efficiency to the organization helping them prioritize workloads based on their business needs.
I am working with BMC representative to talk to them more on their roadmap for the future. Once I get a chance to talk to them, I will be able to offer a better perspective on their offerings. I do agree that BMC has a good marketshare from the traditional computing world but I will be interested in knowing from them on their strategies for the future dominated by cloud.