"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.
- Meeting Customer Demand for Agentless Technology: Using Agile Software Development Methodology (whitepaper)
- An Innovative Approach to System Monitoring: Getting the Best of Both Agent-based and Agentless Monitoring through Hybrid Technology (whitepaper)
- Agile Software Development: Meeting Customer Demand for Agentless and Hybrid Technology
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.