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Posted by Tom Parish Dec 21, 2006
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Women in Technology: Podcast interview with Mary Nugent, vice president of software consulting at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Forget the "glass ceiling." Mary Nugent, vice president of software consulting at BMC Software, discusses how far women are progressing, not only in technology, but in business in general. Mary discusses the women who inspire her. Among those she most admires are Meg Whitman of eBay, Linda Dillman of Wal-Mart, Anne Livermore of HP, and Melinda Gates -- who was a product manager at Microsoft before she undertook the task of influencing Bill Gates on world-changing matters like bringing technology into human issues.

Mary believes females do well in technical and consulting positions and tells you exactly why. She also discusses the organizations that women can join if they are interested in networking, and how those networks can help them get ahead. The best thing to do, she says, is look inside your own organization for opportunities to interact with others. Mary believes that a diverse workforce brings an amazing richness to a business. Finally, she advises both men and women about how they can mentor and help young people get a good start in the business world.

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Thought Leadership Council at BMC Software

Mary Nugent covers the Service Model concept

Bio

Mary Nugent is an accomplished software technology executive with expertise and in-depth knowledge of information technology. She leads the software consulting organization that is responsible for Business Service Management (BSM) projects for BMC Software.

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What Can the Mainframe Learn from Distributed? Podcast interview with Ralph Crosby, chief technology officer for the Mainframe Service Management business unit at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Historically, the mainframe IT model meant computers intended to help a business run were centralized and very expensive. In the 1980s, the availability of small, less expensive, and high-powered machines made the distributed model possible, and hundreds, or thousands, of distributed systems were installed in traditionally mainframe organizations. But, due to growth and complexity in databases today, instead of managing a single mainframe, IT organizations everywhere are managing hundreds at a time. In addition, the cost of the distributed platform has risen because the capabilities of these systems have increased, whereas the cost of the mainframe has decreased due to competitive pressures. What we're seeing today, says Ralph Crosby, chief technology officer for the Mainframe Service Management business unit at BMC Software, is some convergence in the mainframe and distributed world. And, that calls for a big step in the evolution of management tools.

In both the mainframe and the distributed world, databases have grown in size and scope, creating complex environments that are difficult to manage and even more difficult to react to quickly or proactively. Ralph believes that it is time for an inflection point for these unwieldy environments and that the future of relational databases lies in their simplification. Two significant trends he sees are support for XML and the freeform query. Both help make databases less complex and easier to manage. And, management is key because there is no end in sight to the exponential increase in transactions and objects. You must realize that the mainframe has some strengths, and the distributed system has others, and there are real benefits to putting parts of your applications in one or the other of these environments. To stay in business, you must have enterprise-wide tools that enable you to bridge the gap between your mainframe and distributed systems, connecting all of your platforms to provide a single, seamless view of your IT world.

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BMC Software Thought Leadership Council

Unified Service Level Management

Business Service Management

Bio

Ralph Crosby is the chief technology officer for the Mainframe Service Management Business Unit at BMC Software. As chief technology officer, Mr. Crosby is responsible for setting the strategic technology direction for the entire portfolio of IBM Mainframe products. He has been with BMC Software for 13 years, initially working with the DB2 product line. He has authored several products in the DB2 product line as well as worked as an architect in the storage management area. Immediately prior to assuming the chief technology officer position, Mr. Crosby held the position of DB2 architect responsible for technology directions across the full line of DB2 products. Prior to joining BMC Software, he worked as a database administrator, applications architect, and systems programmer in a variety of environments centered on the IBM mainframe, but including Windows and UNIX platforms. Mr. Crosby holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computer Science from the California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University.

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The Transformation of the Enterprise - Outsourcing IT: Podcast interview with Wiley Vasquez, chief services architect for the On Demand and Managed Services business unit at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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How are enterprises all over the world changing and what are the drivers for this transformation? Wiley Vasquez, chief services architect for the On Demand and Managed Services business unit at BMC Software takes on this question with a unique perspective. As businesses grow, the complexity of their IT environment grows as well. This complexity in the infrastructure is leading businesses all over the world to consider a sourcing-oriented architecture - using outside service providers to deliver their business services. This hub-and-spoke model separates the core competencies of the business from services that should be delivered by outsourcing.

Wiley describes the different types of outsourcing that are happening today, like business process outsourcing, managed services, and software as a service. How should you approach outsourcing and which business-critical services should you consider outsourcing? Wiley takes on this question and insists that the future is now. Pervasive sourcing is taking hold, and you can gain the benefits of a service-oriented operating model today.

Resources

Wiley Vasquez blog:  Exploring On Demand Technology

Bio

Wiley Vasquez is the chief services architect for the On Demand and Managed Services business unit at BMC Software, Inc. Prior to this, he served as senior solution architect in the area of Business Service Management and is one of the original members of the BMC BSM project team. Mr. Vasquez has more than 17 years of experience in IT management services. Before joining BMC, he worked for a large IT services provider and an enterprise automation software vendor in various technical and management positions, ranging from software engineer and manager of large-scale automation services to practice manager of security consulting services in both government and commercial markets.

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