For some of you, this may fall into the "finally" realm and to others this may fall into "what changed?". Here's everything you need to know about BMC Client Management 12 - why the name change, what it means for you and of course, what's new.
The name change has been a long time coming and for some started roughly a year ago as FootPrints Asset Core technology was integrated into solutions across the BMC IT Service Management portfolio (Remedyforce and Atrium CMDB). The new name lends itself to all of the BMC solution brands and we are looking forward to continuing to innovate and integrate with FootPrints Service Core, Remedyforce and Remedy moving forward.
The best part for you - it's the same great technology you are familiar with today. While the name has changed, it is not an overhaul, rewrite, forklift upgrade. BMC Client Management, "BCM" for short, will be a seamless upgrade from version 11. The menus have remained the same. The concept of Operational Rules is still intact. The quick integration links, instant expert, and wizard technology is all still at your fingertips.
You can still purchase and deploy on a module by module basis (Inventory, Deployment, Compliance, Patch, Remote) and mix and match to suit your needs or you can reduce the paperwork and purchase as a Suite. And while we still find many customers are looking for their asset and client management in an on-premises solution, BMC also offers BMC Client Management OnDemand. If SaaS is your preference, BMC can help!
So what else is new in this release? Really, the "what's in it for me" meat question...
SCAP Compliance - BCM is certified solution!
For starters, BCM now supports SCAP Compliance - SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) may be most interesting to organizations that are bound by high security requirements. SCAP is a specification established by the National Institution of Standards and Technology (NIST) and standardizes the format and nomenclature by which security software communicates information about software flaws and security configurations. For you, it's an opportunity to easily validate your system and application security by checking against a standardized SCAP compliance template. Who better to drive the best in security than the governments that look to maintain the most secure systems in the world? For most it is ensuring against a breach and could result in financial savings if the vulnerabilities are identified and remediated sooner rather than later. But my favorite part of this is the certification - BMC Client Management is the only asset solution certified by NIST for SCAP v1.2.
Much of the rest of the release has been dedicated to helping
make your job easier - technically classified as "usability". You talked, we listened - whether it was a face-to-face visit, an idea on the community site or a phone call with the product team. Where verifications previously took multiple steps and different screens we have put them all into a step-by-step tabbed wizard and then went further adding in Go-To logic so that is if one step doesn't complete as planned, you can automate what happens next, and then next...
And we updated the schedulers - not just one but all of them. The language is clear. It's intuitive and repeatable. Nothing better for automation that scheduling something to happen this way at this time and then just sitting back and reaping the rewards of your few minutes of hard work over the months to come. That's the idea anyway.
We also updated the Security Profile wizard. It has never been so easy to set up role-based security for an individual administrator or a group of administrators. Simply default to full access or name your group and check what capabilities they have rights to manage or just view.
And there is much more:
- IPv6 support
- Merging devices
- MSI imports (really great for those of you moving from Bladelogic Client Automation to BMC Client Management)
- MyApps improvements
- Custom fields for assets
- Direct Access permisions
- Additional web services
- and of course several of your ideas from right here on the community site!
The goal of this release continues to be maintaining the ease of use, flexibility and integrations that you have come to expect with FootPrints Asset Core - now BMC Client Management - while continuing to improve your experience and drive innovative approaches to solving your most pressing issues when it comes to managing your IT assets.
We are already underway with the next release and look forward to hearing from you what you would like to see. Leverage this post, the discussions and of course the ideas section. Let us know what you are thinking and if these updates will help you frankly do your job easier (and get you more family time, beach time, football/futbol watching time...or whatever else you want to be doing).