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Compuware and BMC integrate their IBM z Systems to Enhance Mainframe Economics

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 22, 2016

DETROIT, MI: Compuware, a mainframe software solutions provider, and BMC software – an IT management solutions provider– integrate their respective best-in-class IBM z Systems management solutions to help shared customers reduce their mainframe software licensing costs.

 The integration facilitates customers to identify tuning opportunities that will have impact on their monthly software licensing by applying BMC Cost Analyzer. Visual mapping to the detailed batch and transaction information is provided by Compuware Strobe.  Tuning opportunities include moving workloads to non-peak periods, running IBM systems on fewer logical partitions and capping logical partition utilizations. The integration also makes cost management easier for mainframe operations staff by allowing them to invoke Strobe data collection directly from BMC MainView.

The integrated solutions are BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise, BMC MainView and Compuware Strobe. Mobile apps, Big Data analytics, IoT and other technologies contribute for the increased mainframe workload for companies in pursuit of improved overall business performance. Workload growth drives up Monthly License Charge (MLC) for IBM mainframe software which represents a significant portion of mainframe operating budgets.

To reduce MLCs, companies can tune each application to minimize its individual consumption of mainframe resources and orchestrate application workloads to minimize generated utilization peaks are few of the steps.

“IBM z Systems transactions and workloads are growing—not shrinking—so enterprises urgently need help avoiding the potential increase in their operating costs,” says Pete Harteveld, SVP, Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Compuware. “By collaborating in the interests of our customers, BMC and Compuware are enabling organizations to drive down those costs even as their mainframe transaction and compute workloads increase.”