BMC Innovations Boost Data Visibility and Accelerate Mainframe DevOps Adoption

BMC has added new capabilities and integration across BMC AMI (Automated Mainframe Intelligence) and BMC Compuware portfolios. Together, the innovations help customers improve service quality and accelerate software delivery by providing greater data visibility and context-based insights across their IT environments.

Quality of service: The BMC Helix Discovery solution now automatically assigns and visualizes service dependencies across mainframes and distributed environments using application network connection details sent from the BMC AMI Ops product. This allows users to prioritize issues according to potential business impact. Added visibility and context across systems helps organizations resolve service issues faster and improve service quality.

Bigger view: In addition, the new BMC AMI Ops integration with Splunk, along with the BMC AMI Security integration, allows a wide range of security and operations data and rich performance information to be visible to security and operations teams. This shared insight, combined with a larger frame of reference, enables teams to emerge and investigate threats that might not have otherwise been discovered before they impact business services.

DevOps Analytics: BMC has also announced an approach to mitigate the problem for development managers in that they often lack insight into developer behaviors, processes, and adoption, which limits their ability to direct their teams. According to BMC, the BMC Compuware zAdviser solution is the first solution to provide DevOps analytics for mainframes for organizations developing mainframe code and also the only solution that captures data on how mainframe developers develop their code and the features and functionality they use during the various software development life cycle stages.

KPI Metrics: With BMC Compuware zAdviser Analytics and new KPI dashboards for ISPW, Topaz, and Topaz Total Test, BMC says, development teams can improve customer experience with new KPI metrics. These metrics also give development managers the insight and actionable insights to reduce flaws, accelerate software delivery, and drive DevOps transformation with modern development tools.

protection: BMC stresses that it is equally important to prevent credential theft and insider threat activities. To help businesses deal with malicious events before a compromise occurs, BMC AMI Security expert now allows organizations to secure users and their privileged credentials with their favorite External Security Managers (ESM) on the main computer – giving security teams real-time visibility into who, when and how z/OS is accessed.

Training for the success of the mainframe: According to BMC’s 16th annual mainframe survey, 40% of organizations surveyed make recruitment and skills a top priority. BMC has launched a new training and certification program for mainframe customers and partners. The curriculum includes both free and subscription-based self-paced courses, e-books, and webinars on BMC AMI solutions, BMC Compuware and Control-M for z/OS, as well as the mainframe and infrastructure platform. New courses and certifications will be issued monthly to help mainframe users develop and advance their skills for the Mainframe/Future Modernization Core Framework.

The survey also discovered that 92% of CEOs and tech professionals globally see the mainframe as a platform for long-term growth and new workloads. These new innovations enable organizations to deliver consistently high-quality customer experiences.

“Our mainframe customers tell us that improving service quality is the number one priority on their minds,” said John McKinney, senior vice president and general manager of Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC. “The new capabilities we announced today, as part of our team’s 29th Quarterly Edition, help them move one step closer to the vision and insights they need to achieve their mainframe digital transformation goals.”

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