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BMC Raises the Bar Again

Posted by Tom Parish May 23, 2007
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BMC Raises the Bar Again: Podcast interview with Israel Gat, vice president of R&D for infrastructure management at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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"Be bold. Well-calculated risks will pay off nicely," is the advice Israel Gat, vice president of R&D for infrastructure management at BMC Software, Inc., leaves with listeners at the end of this interview. And from this interview, you'll know that Israel's a man who follows his own advice: After joining BMC Software, he and his development team embarked on a project to bring robust, new functionality to BMC's market-leading IT operations management solutions. And they did so utilizing the new "agile development" technique for software development, which, according to Israel, "caught on [here] like a fire."

BMC Software has long provided market-leading solutions for today's (very) distributed enterprise. Now, it's enhanced these solutions with even richer functionality and integration, closely tied in with BMC's configuration management database. In this interview, Israel discusses the process that led to developing these solutions, and the agile development techniques he and his team employed. He also relates how customer demand led to developing "hybrid" solutions that can utilize agentless or agent-based technologies, and he expresses his goals for moving BMC continuously forward in the operations management arena of IT.

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Israel Gat is the vice president of R&D for infrastructure management at BMC Software and is responsible for the BMC Performance Manager (a.k.a. PATROL), as well as the BMC Database Management (formerly SmartDBA) and Recovery Management. Israel has been an executive for some of the world's top technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Digital, and EMC.

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How many passwords do you have?  Maybe 5, 6 or more? If you’re lucky, you have one that works everywhere.  If you've been phished, though, your luck has run out.  Most of us have to remember several combinations of passwords to keep our identity safe, to combat phishing and to accommodate merchants’ marketing efforts. How will user-centric identity technologies like Open Space and the use of InfoCards offer an alternative to password alphabet soup? Steve Anderson, identity management product manager at BMC Software offers insight into the latest identity management buzz words: OpenID, Microsoft CardSpace, and InfoCard.

 

In less than thirty minutes, Steve Anderson explains the difference between enterprise identity and user-centeric identity management; clarifies the confusion around OpenID, Microsoft CardSpace and InfoCard; demonstrates how CardSpace can help close the gaps in OpenID like authentication; and explains what it will take for users to be weened off of passwords. Steve also discusses BMC’s plan to support InfoCards, as well what’s coming up in the new Identity Management for .NET 5.5 release.  Listen to this podcast to learn about the latest identity management technology as well as what might happen in the future.

 

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Steve Anderson is an identity management product manager at BMC Software, Inc. Steve has actively participated in the creation of many of today's identity federation standards. He is an original member and the secretary of the OASIS SAML TC, an original member of the OASIS WS-Security TC, a member of the Liberty Alliance Technical Expert Group, and a co-author of WS-Trust and WS-SecureConversation.

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The Democratic Approach to the Configuration Management Database: Podcast interview with Ariel Kirson, security architect and Atwell Williams, solutions architect at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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How many subject-matter experts does it take to develop the Configuration Items (CIs) for your CMDB? And, how many different times zones do you have to criss-cross to be able to engage in a group discussion with all of those experts? If you're a configuration manager following a traditional, top-down approach to building a CMDB, you're probably facing a huge challenge identifying your CIs, building the relationships between them, and putting together your service model.  However, another option is the introduction of open design concepts into your process similar to those used in social media tools like wikis and folksonomies.  This can be the easier way to help you extract and corral all of the information that is tucked inside each SME, as well as ensuring your CMDB is continually maintained.

In this podcast, BMC Software's security architect Ariel Kirson and solutions architect Atwell Williams offer some of their personal experiences and challenges with configuration management; discuss some of the key issues around the traditional approach to creating a CMDB; offer insight into alternative approaches; and debate the pros and cons of hierarchical, versus non-hierarchical, CMDB implementation and maintenance. If you want to be the one to revolutionize the creation, care, and upkeep of your CMDB, listen to this podcast.

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Ariel Kirson is a Security Architect in the CTO Office of BMC Software. He is tasked with ensuring that products developed by BMC Software are designed and coded to provide adequate security to customer environments. His main responsibility is propagating secure development practices through developer education, design reviews, and the development of guidelines. Additionally he is responsible for addressing security-related questions from customers and supporting Common Criteria (NIAP) certification projects.

Ariel joined BMC Software in 2001, and has served in various business-development and marketing positions. Prior to joining BMC Software, Ariel worked for ten years as a software engineer and customer support manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and East Asian Studies, is fascinated by East Asian culture and is interested in traditional Japanese history

 

Atwell Williams is a Solutions Architect within BMC’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  In this capacity, he brings a unique combination of IT process expertise (having served as an ITIL instructor and being ITIL Foundation, Practitioner, and Service Manager Certified) and real world IT experience to BMC’s R&D organization.

Prior to joining the CTO’s office, Atwell was an ITIL Instructor and Education Manager within BMC Software’s Educational Services Department.  In this role, he was responsible for educating external customers as well as internal BMC staff in the areas of IT Service Management (ITSM) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL).  As a member of BMC’s Thought Leadership Council, Atwell is a blogger, podcaster, and frequent speaker at industry conferences and BMC Customer Briefings and Forums.  He has also published several whitepapers and articles on the subject of ITSM and Continuous IT Service Improvement.  Prior to his tenure in the Business School, Atwell was the Director of IT Service Management within BMC Software’s IT department and was responsible for assuring the overall performance, availability, security, and recoverability of BMC Software Inc.'s internal production applications.

Before joining BMC Software in January of 2002, Atwell was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), were he spent 13 years focused on delivering IT infrastructure and process design and development services to PwC’s numerous clients.  Atwell holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Open Source is a Journey

Posted by Tom Parish May 8, 2007
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Open Source is a Journey - Podcast interview with Steve Carl, manager of R&D Open Systems Support and whurley (William Hurley), Chief Architect, Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc.

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“Open source” means more than just access to source code or free redistribution of source code. It is a concept that influences how your company works and makes decisions. For some IT companies, open source is a central approach, for others it’s one of many approaches…or it’s not even on the radar. Regardless of your position, adopting open source and putting it into practice does not happen overnight. Join Steve Carl and whurley in this podcast series as they explore the ups and downs of the Open Source Journey.

 

Open Source is a Journey, Part 1 of 2 - Steve Carl, manager of R&D Open Systems Support and whurley (William Hurley), Chief Architect, Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Open Source can influence every department and aspect of your organization from R&D, marketing and legal, down to the financial ledger. The most revolutionary aspect of open source is it’s collaborative nature.  Similar to social media, open source requires community collaboration and conversation. Listen to this podcast to hear whurley and Steve Carl’s conversation about Dell’s new Linux-loaded PCs, the pitfalls of a patent-happy companies, and the financial impact of open source.

Open Source is a Journey, Part 2 of 2 - Steve Carl, manager of R&D Open Systems Support and whurley (William Hurley), Chief Architect, Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Open source is not only a pervasive buzz term in the IT community; it’s a loaded term as well. Open source is an idea, a culture, a process and a journey. In this podcast Steve Carl and whurley discuss these concepts, as well as the difference between radical innovation and modification; why IBM has embraced open source; the fear of open source; its origins and its future.

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Steve Carl is the manager of R&D Open Systems Support for BMC Software, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise management solutions. His team supports over 50 different versions of UNIX, Microsoft Windows from NT 3.51 on, and a wide variety of Linux distributions across many platforms. Mr. Carl has over 20 years of computer industry experience and has been with BMC Software for over 14 years in a variety of roles including VM systems programming, OS/400 system programming, corporate email support, and project management for a large Oracle Financials migration. He led the team that hooked BMC Software up to the Internet and deployed its first Web pages. Prior to working at BMC Software, Mr. Carl worked at a subcontractor to NASA at the Johnson Space Center on a similarly wide-ranging series of projects.

 

whurley (William Hurley) is the chief architect of Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc. Also known as "whurley," he is responsible for creating BMC's open source agenda and overseeing the company's participation in various free, and open source software communities to advance the adoption and integration of BSM solutions. A technology visionary and holder of 11 important patents, whurley brings 16 years of experience in developing groundbreaking technology. He is the chairman of the Open Management Consortium, a non-profit organization advancing the adoption, development, and integration of open source systems management. Named as an IBM Master Inventor, whurley has received numerous awards including an IBM Pervasive Computing Award and Apple Computer Design Award.

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With all the hype about building IT-Business alignment, it's becoming more difficult to understand what really drives value. What are the key areas to focus on as we work toward building an IT organization that is more responsive to the business? What are the key foundational elements that will make us successful? Is a CMDB the answer?

In this interview, Brian Emerson, senior solutions marketing manager with BMC Software, and J.P. Garbani, vice president at Forrester Research, discuss the latest market trends around Business Service Management (BSM) and how BSM is being implemented today. What's working, and what isn't? You can learn about the evolution of IT, and what your organization should consider as core capabilities to ensure the success of IT-Business alignment projects by tuning in to this fast-paced interview with two IT experts. You can also find more information in a free Webinar; register today.

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Webinar:  CMDB Trends in the Marketplace

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Brian Emerson is a senior solutions marketing manager for BMC solutions focused on enabling technologies, including the BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB). Brian joined BMC Software, Inc., in July 2000; previously, he worked as a product manager in the AR System Product Management at BMC Remedy. He has a bachelor's degree in Operational Management and Information Systems from Santa Clara University.

 

Jean-Pierre "J.P." Garbani is vice president of the Computing Infrastructure and Security Group at Forrester Research, with a focus on performance and capacity management of the IT and Web infrastructure. He has more than 35 years of experience in the development and integration of a number of technologies, including the development of real-time systems, both in the industrial automation area (nuclear power plants) and in the development of network protocols and distributed systems architectures. Jean-Pierre has designed and developed very large distributed infrastructures for the government and banking industry in France, Scandinavia, and the US.

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