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This month’s topic brings to mind an entertaining book I read, written in a parable-like style by Spencer Johnson entitled “Who Moved My Cheese?”.  The book relates similar changes that occur in work and life, and four typical reactions to these changes by

two mice mouse.png     "Sniff" and "Scurry," and two "little-people", "Hem" and "Haw" during their regular search for cheese. Here’s a little of what the story is about...

 

All the characters live in maze, which is supposed to be analogous to life, and look for cheese, to represent fulfillment, happiness, and success. Initially without cheese, each group, the mice and humans, pair off and travel through vast corridors searching for cheese. One day, both groups happen upon a cheese-filled corridor at one of the available cheese stations. Content with their find, the humans establish routines around their daily intake of cheese, gradually becoming complacent and arrogant in the process.

 

One day, Sniff and Scurry (the mice) arrive at their regular cheese station to find no cheese left, but they are not surprised. Noticing the cheese supply dwindling, they have mentally prepared beforehand for the arduous but inevitable task of finding more cheese. Leaving this cheese station behind, they begin their hunt for new cheese together. Later that day, Hem and Haw (the humans) arrive at the cheese station only to find the same thing, no cheese. Angered and annoyed, Hem demands, "Who moved my cheese?" The humans have counted on the cheese supply to be constant, and so are unprepared for this situation.

 

After deciding that the cheese is indeed gone they get angry at the unfairness of the situation and both go home starved. Returning the next day, Hem and Haw find the same cheese-less place. Starting to realize the situation at hand, Haw thinks of a search for new cheese. But Hem is dead set in his victimized mindset and dismisses the proposal.

 

Meanwhile, Sniff and Scurry have found a new and plentiful cheese station and fresh cheese! Back at original cheese station, Hem and Haw are affected by their lack of cheese and blame each other for their problem. Hoping to change, Haw again proposes a search for new cheese. However, Hem is comforted by his old routine and is frightened about the unknown. He knocks the idea again. After a while of being in denial, the humans remain without cheese.

 

One day, having discovered his debilitating fears, Haw begins to chuckle at the situation and stops taking himself so seriously. Realizing he should simply move on, Haw enters the maze, but not before chiseling "If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct" on the wall of the original cheese station for his friend to ponder.

The story goes on in an entertaining way and reminded me that life is about change and my reactions to it. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. It’s light reading and got me out of a rut that I had been in.

 

So, how does this relate to Capacity Management software? If I have been able to keep your interest thus far, by now, you certainly are wondering why I have been going on about this stupid story that you don’t have time to read… well…

 

There have been fabulous enhancements made to the look and feel of BMC Electronic Product (EPD) site,

ones, that should make it much easier to find what you are looking for: https://webapps.bmc.com/epd/

We have heard from many of you about the challenges navigating through this maze of information and BMC has made a significant improvement in this area! Some of the new features in place are:

 

  1. A revised Component View which is the default view. It contains a flat list of all components contained in Suites and standalone products to which you have an entitlement( aka license).
    • When you select your product, it defaults to the latest version.
    • Prior product versions can be selected by using dropdown menus.
    • The files have been organized into tabs to make it easier to select the one desired.
    • The list of products can be modified by using the platform option.
  2. You can revert to the old view by selecting Licensed Products View at the top of the screen.
  3. Selecting a component will open the view in a new frame. Use the “Return to Products” option on the top right of the screen to return to the product list. Do not use the Back button of your browser. Please note that you will need to enable your browser to Allow Pop-Ups when using this site.

Here is a screenshot of the Component View screen after initial login:

ProdSelection.jpg
Using the Filter Products selection frame on the left side of the image above, I previously clicked on Unselect All within the Product Category, and only checked Capacity Optimization, and clicked on the GO button, at which point the frame view on the right refreshes the products within the selected category as shown in the image below:
SelList.jpg

 

 

In the example below, BMC Capacity Optimization was selected, the view refreshes and defaults to the current version of the product.

  • Previous versions may be selected by using the Version dropdown button
  • Available Platforms are similarly selected
  • Tabs allow for additional and related options

VersionSelection.jpg

To Select the Products to download:

  • Click the Select check box
  • Make your download selection, click one of the Download buttons and you’re off!

 

 

I hope you find this information helpful and welcome your comments.

 

Thx, timo