BMC Software Inc. will today launch software that it says will provide a clear picture of the status of those batch processes that underpin the delivery of key business services so that failing jobs can be identified before they fail and fixes can be prioritized according to the importance of the service.
BMC explained that the new Batch Impact Manager product is designed to scan the batch window for critical jobs and scrutinize job schedules to determine and analyze critical paths to provide administrators with early notification of potential batch delays.
The release is part of BMC’s continuing strategy for business service management and is the outcome of integration work first promised at its user forum in October 2003 between the Control-M job scheduler and the BMC Service Impact Manager module, which adds business relevance to IT services.
Business service management or BSM software links IT services to business needs. It helps minimize the risk to the business by enabling proactive management of the IT systems that the business services depend on. By detecting problems before they impact end users it can help improve the overall quality of business services.
The vendor has been selling various parts of its product portfolio against its BSM vision since mid-2002, but its plan really took shape when it bought service impact modeling specialist IT Masters International in March 2003. The aim of its approach is to let systems administrators map service levels to underlying IT assets and then build dynamic models that correlate directly with the provision of business services.
The new Batch Impact Manager product is priced to sell at an additional ten percent cost to the current Control-M license charge.