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You may have seen in IBM’s recent z/OS 2.4 announcement, that they are continuing with the industry-wide simplification improvement to help clients install and configure software using a common and modern method.  BMC is also a key player in this initiative and we are excited to invite you to try BMC’s new z/OSMF based installer, which is coming mid-2020.

 

You’ll have an opportunity to engage directly with BMC Product Management and R&D to help validate and provide feedback on the capabilities of this new industry-wide installer.  The program is expected to start at the beginning of November and run approximately three months.

 

The new installer uses IBM’s z/OSMF Software Management capabilities to create a new end-to-end install and configuration experience. 

 

Some of the new capabilities include:

  • Modern web-based user interface, common across IBM and other participating vendors
  • No need to perform SMP/E Receive, Apply, Accept jobs, saving time and system resources
  • Reduction in number of SMP/E datasets to reduce complexity
  • Separation of common infrastructure to simplify combined management of multiple products
  • Reduced number of prompts with our new “prompt once” design
  • Less configuration steps means products are up and running faster than before
  • Consistency across products allows less experienced users to configure products from different product families
  • Automated workflows mean configuration jobs can run unattended and take less time
  • Documentation is in the workflows so no searching through user manuals to learn what to do
  • Carrying forward configuration data simplifies upgrades and expedites product usage

 

Participation in the validation program is simple.  We will make available to you, one or more pre-built Portable Software Instances which will contain current BMC GA products, and new BMC provided z/OSMF configuration workflows.  You then logon to z/OSMF, which is already on your system as part of z/OS and use z/OSMF to open the BMC PSI. 

Then it’s simply a matter of following the provided workflows to install and configure the BMC products.  You don’t even need to run the resulting installed products!  What we are looking for is validation and feedback on the install and configuration process itself.

 

How to Sign Up:

1. Make sure you have a BMC Account:

2. Have an active BMC Support ID in your profile:

      • Login to BMC Support
      • Edit Profile ==> Click on "BMC Support Access" Section
      • Enter "Support Contract ID" or Follow the link to "manage your support subscription"
        • Click here for CUSTOMER help with locating Support Contract ID

3. Log into Communities to ensure your company name and your individual company email address (ie: john@company_name.com) are in your profile.

4. Complete on-premise beta agreement BMC Software Prerelease Worldwide Software License Agreement

5. Click here to request to join our private Communities group

 

 

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What is it?

This study will be conducted remotely via 2-hour Skype meeting (or WebEx should you prefer). Participant/you will be asked about your role,

your goals, and to share your screen while showing in detail your daily processes. Along the way, you will be asked to describe your user experience

(likes, dislikes, concerns, gaps and needs).

 

The goal of this study is to understand the current user experience, needs, and ITSM processes of Telecommunication customers to learn how we can

improve the user experience of Telco customers.

 

 

When is it?

Tuesday, July 23rd - Friday,August 30th. Any 2-hour time window between 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM CST (or any time after 12:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for professionals who work in telecommunication industry. You qualify to participate if you meet any one of the following personas:

 

  • Incident Manager, L 1 Service Desk Agent | Incident Management Remedy ITSM
  • Change Manager, Change Coordinator | Change Management Remedy ITSM
  • Problem Coordinator, Problem Manager | Problem ManagementRemedy ITSM
  • Asset Manager | Asset Management  Remedy ITSM
  • Operations Manager, Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer | Operation Mgmt  Remedy ITSM
  • Configuration Manager | Configuration Management  Remedy ITSM

 

What you need for the 1:1 session?

 

You will need to be able to attend a 2-hour Skype for Business meeting.

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line:  “UX Study: Telco ITSM Processes and User Experience"

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What is it?

We are gathering UX feedback on select BMC products and need your input. This is the first time we use this particular survey,

so we’d also like your feedback on the survey as well.  You’ll find a link to the survey at the end of this post, which will only take a few
minutes to complete.

 

The goal of this survey is to capture user feedback on a small set of BMC products and user types using a single survey,

and to capture feedback on the survey itself.

 

When is it?

Thursday, July 18th – Tuesday, July 23rd, any 3-5minutes of your time.

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for Admins or Users for these applications:

 

 

You qualify to participate if you meet any of following criterion:

 

- L1 Service Desk Agent or Lead

- Primarily use Smart IT service calls/requests

- Have used Smart IT for at least 3 months

- Use DWP/MyIT to submit requests and tickets

- Have used DWP/MyIT for at least 3 months

 

 

What you need to do?

 

Please provide your honest feedback by completing the brief survey using the link below – Many thanks in advance!

Survey link: http://bmc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wStOyYiAKisEMl

 

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What is it?

We are conducting UX research to understand more about what determines your experience using BMC products and solutions, and we need
feedback from members of BMC Community. This research will be conducted through an online survey. At the end you will find a link to a brief survey.

It will only take about five minutes to complete.

 

The goal of this online survey is to identify the user experience qualities that reflect the expectations of the end users of BMC products.

 

 

When is it?

Thursday, July 11th– Tuesday, July 16th. Any 3-5 minutes of your time.

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for Admins or Users for one or more of the following applications:

 

 

 

What you need for this online survey?

Please complete the brief survey in the link below – Tell us what you think and many thanks in advance!

Survey link: http://bmc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40YFl5PDbKgjQpf

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This study is being extended to August, 9th. It will be conducted remotely via a 90-minutes Zoom Meeting session. The participants will be given tasks to

complete with an interface. Measures of Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Satisfaction will be collected. We want to identify

whether usability issues exist and to capture those issues.

 

The goal of this study is to understand the need of users when creating a view and/or workflow in the Innovation Studio.

 

 

When is it?

Wednesday June 26th - Friday, August 9th. 90-minutes between 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST (or any time after 1:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

 

We are looking for non-technical Business Analysts who have NO experience of codes, scripts, coding languages.

 

You qualify to participate if you perform met at least one of these requirements:

 

- Use OR consider using a non-coding platform to create web applications

- Understand business needs and client’s requirements

 

 

 

Note: You will NOT qualify to participate if you:

  • Build applications by writing code
  • Are engaged with BMC or consultant, middle person who works with client in purchasing, procuring, and licensing

          of Innovation Studio.

 

 

What you need for the 1:1 session?

 

You will need to be able to attend a 90-minute call via Zoom meeting

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line:

“UX Study: Helix Platform Usability Testing –  Business Analyst”

 

 

BMC Helix, BMC Helix (BMC and Partners), BMC Helix User Group - Central Region

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What is it?

This study is being extended through August 9th. It will be conducted in remotely via a 90-minutes Zoom Meeting session. The participants will be given tasks to complete

with an interface. Measures of Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Satisfaction will be collected. We want to identify whether usability issues exist and to capture those issues.

 

The goal of this study is to understand the need of users when creating a view and/or workflow in the Innovation Studio.

 

 

When is it?

Wednesday June 26th- Friday, August 9th. 90-minutes between 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST (or any time after 1:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for professionals who are Tenant Administrators BMC Helix

 

You qualify to participate in this study if you are performing any of these tasks:

  • Create and manage users and groups
  • Manage user access permissions

 

Note: You will NOT qualify for this User Study if you are professionals who are engaged with BMC, or if you are consultant,

middle person who works with clients in purchasing, procuring, and licensing of Innovation Studio.

 

 

What you need for the 1:1 session?

 

You will need to be able to attend a 90-minute call via Zoom meeting.

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line:

“UX Study: Helix Platform Usability Testing – Tenant Admin”

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We’re inviting you to get a sneak peek at what’s coming in the 19.08 Feature Release. You’ll have an opportunity to engage directly with BMC product experts, product management, and R&D to help validate and provide feedback on the capabilities of this next Helix ITSM / Remedy release. The program is expected to start beginning of July and run approxmiately three weeks.

 

The 19.08 Feature Release covers exciting new capabilities in support of BMC’s Cognitive Service Management strategy and in support of better alignment of ITSM with DevOps practices. There are also a number of new features to reduce cost of operations. 

 

Some of the new capabilities include:

  •     enhancements to the new ITSM user experience (Smart IT) and the new CMDB UI
  •     enhancements for the administrative capabilities of Smart Reporting
  •     REST API enhancements

 

We also introduce a number of compatibility updates as part of 19.08 release.  Detailed scope of the release validation program testing activity will be explained during kickoff call scheduled on July 10th.

 

The 19.08 release validation program is open to all current Remedy customers and partners roles.

 

As we’ve done previously, you can participate in the release validation program by reviewing the enhancements in a hosted environment or by downloading and installing the beta version of the software in your own IT test environment.

 

 

How to Sign Up:

1. Make sure you have a BMC Account:

2. Have an active BMC Support ID in your profile:

    • Login to BMC Support
    • Edit Profile ==> Click on "BMC Support Access" Section
    • Enter "Support Contract ID" or Follow the link to "manage your support subscription"
      • Click here for CUSTOMER help with locating Support Contract ID
      • Click here for PARTNER help with locating Support Contract ID

3. Log into Communities to ensure your company name and your individual company email address (ie: john@company_name.com) are in your profile.

4. Complete hosted beta agreement

BMC Software Prerelease Subscription Services Agreement

5. Complete on-premise beta agreement

BMC Software Prerelease Worldwide Software License Agreement

6. Click here to request to join our private Communities group

 

Remedy AR System

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What is it?

In this 60-minute 1:1 UX session, observations and interviews will be conducted remotely via a Skype for Business meeting.

During this session, information is capture regarding processes and experiences with our products and services.

 

The goal is to understand user needs and preferences related to the most relevant KPIs that will be displayed in a new

dashboard for a Cloud Manager (KPIs that measure success, overall compliance posture for cost and security, actionable insights

aggregated from all cloud services at same place,etc.).

 

 

When is it?

Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 21st. Any 60-minutes between 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT (or any time after 1:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for Cloud Administrators, Cloud Managers, Cloud Operation Engineers who monitors cloud resources for uptime,

security and code violations, and act on security breach and alerts.

 

You qualify for this study if you meet any of the following descriptions on the goals, and tasks you perform:

 

Your goals are to:

- Support application teams in deploying applications

- Optimize resources when possible without performance impact

- Monitor cloud resources for uptime, security and cost violations

- Act on security breaches and alerts

- Maintain backups and setup disaster recovery mechanisms

 

The tasks you perform: 

- Collaborate with application development teams to provision/update cloud environments.

- Create governance template (cost, security, performance, business continuity) based on type of

  users, environment, cloud, regulations.

- Continuously monitor environments for governance breaches

- Raise alarms to appropriate teams in case of governance breaches

- Remediate governance issues in collaboration with application teams

- Take optimization actions when appropriate

- Approve cost saving automation

- Plan and report upcoming infrastructure needs for budget calculations

 

What you need for the 1:1 session?

You need to be able to take a 60-minute call via Skype for Business.

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with an email subject line:

“UX Study – TrueSight Cloud Security Dashboard” 

BMC Helix Cloud Security & Cost TrueSight Vulnerability Mgmt 

 

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What is it?

In this 60-minute 1:1 UX session, observations and interviews will be conducted remotely via a Skype for Business meeting. During this
session, information is capture regarding processes and experiences with our products and services.

 

The goal is to understand user needs and preferences related to the most relevant KPIs that will be displayed in the business value dashboard

for an executive persona, who aim is to see the business value for investment.

 

 

When is it?

Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 21st. Any 60-minutes between 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT (or any time after 1:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for Executive who makes decision on whether to buy a product for reducing cloud expenses and for

enforcing security compliance on cloud environment.

 

You qualify for this study if you meet any of the following descriptions on the goals, and tasks you perform:

 

Your goals are to:

- Maximize cloud investment

- Optimize multi-cloud resource use and cost

- Eliminate wasted spend

-  Prevent budget over-runs

 

The tasks you perform are:

- Asses the current state of operations across teams

- Develop standards and controls for operations

- Select tools to support and implement best practices

- Plan for upcoming budget period

- Report on cost savings using TrueSight Cloud Cost tool (or a different tool)

- Inform team about initiatives for which they would need cloud infrastructure

- Negotiate better contracts with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and/or

  Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

 

 

What you need for the 1:1 session?

You will need to be able to take a 60-minute call via Skype for Business.

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with an email subject line:

UX Study – TrueSight Cloud Cost Dashboard”  @Truesight

 

BMC Helix Cloud Security & Cost

 

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We’re inviting you to participate in a new beta program to test the Remedy platform running with PostgreSQL DB or Amazon Aurora DB.  BMC is considering to support these new databases for use with the Remedy platform, and thus provide a low-cost DB option to our customers, in support of lowering the TCO of the Remedy solution.  You’ll have an opportunity to engage directly with BMC product experts, product management, QA and R&D to help validate and provide feedback on the capabilities of this new option.

 

The program is expected to start early June and will eventually merge with our beta program for the next Helix ITSM / Remedy release.

 

This beta program is open to all current Remedy customers and partners roles.  It focuses specifically on the support of PostgreSQL DB /  Amazon Aurora DB, and specifically on the Remedy platform (Remedy AR System, CMDB, Smart Reporting and Remedy SSO).  We plan to provide a beta version of the software for download and installation in your own IT test environment. A hosted environment will not be provided.

 

What's needed from you?

  • Attendance in beta calls. Current plan is to meet every two weeks.
  • Time and resources to test the new release.
  • Willingness to collaborate with BMC and other customers in our beta community space and to provide open feedback.
  • Be a willing Customer Connect Reference upon successfully completing the program.

 

How to Sign Up:

1. Make sure you have a BMC Account:

2. Have an active BMC Support ID in your profile:

    • Login to BMC Support
    • Edit Profile ==> Click on "BMC Support Access" Section
    • Enter "Support Contract ID" or Follow the link to "manage your support subscription"
      • Click here for CUSTOMER help with locating Support Contract ID
      • Click here for PARTNER help with locating Support Contract ID

3. Log into Communities to ensure your company name and your individual company email address (ie: john@company_name.com) are in your profile.

4. Complete on-premise beta agreement

BMC Software Prerelease Worldwide Software License Agreement

5. Click here to request to join our private Communities group

 

 

Remedy AR System

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Want to provide input on new developments before release? We are looking for partners and customers to be a part of our BMC Helix Client Management 12.9 beta as we plan to kick off the program the week of May 20th and the program will run until the last week of June.

 

Some areas that we plan to include in the beta program are:

  • recording remote control sessions
  • enhancements to the web console
  • patch management
  • operational rules

 

We are looking for participants who can:

  • attend beta review calls
  • test new features
  • be active in our Communities group (ask questions, provide input, post issues)
  • complete the beta survey

 

Ready to sign up? Follow the below instructions and we look forward to your participation.

 

How to Sign Up:

1. Make sure you have a BMC Account:

2. Have an active BMC Support ID in your profile:

    • Login to BMC Support
    • Edit Profile ==> Click on "BMC Support Access" Section
    • Enter "Support Contract ID" or Follow the link to "manage your support subscription"
      • Click here for CUSTOMER help with locating Support Contract ID
      • Click here for PARTNER help with locating Support Contract ID

3. Log into Communities to ensure your company name and your individual company email address (ie: john@company_name.com) are in your profile.

4. Complete hosted beta agreement

BMC Software Prerelease Subscription Services Agreement

5. Complete on-premise beta agreement

BMC Software Prerelease Worldwide Software License Agreement

6. Click here to request to join our private Communities group

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What is it?

 

In this 1:1 UX session, observation and interview will be conducted remotely via WebEx meeting. During this session, observation is
capture regarding processes and experiences with our products and services.

The goal is to understand Change Calendar use cases outside of scheduling changes. This may involve use during CAB or a variety of other uses. 

 

When is it?

Monday, February 18th – Friday, March 1st Any 45-minutes between 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST (or any time after 4:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

We are looking for Change Managers, Change Coordinators, or Release Managers who satisfy at least one of these requirements:

  • You own the change process.
  • You review and approve change requests.
  • You communicate rule and procedures regarding change requests.

 

What you need for the 1:1 sessions?

You will need to install WebEx software on your computer. You will receive an email with instructions to login.

Interested?

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line: “Smart IT UX Study – Change Calendar”  

@Change_Calendar

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What is it?

 

In this 60-minute 1:1 UX session, observation and interview are conducted remotely via a Skype for Business meeting. During this session,
observation is capture regarding processes and experiences with our products and services.
*

 

The goal is to understand the needs, and use cases for agents that work queues of live chat requests/issues.

 

 

When is it?

 

Monday, February 11th– Friday, February 22nd Any 60-minutes between 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

(or any time after 12:00 PM CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

 

We are looking for Service Desk Managers who are Service Desk or Case Agent. You qualify to
participate in this study if you satisfy at least one of these requirements:

 

-  You work and manage request/issues that get transferred from Chatbot sessions.

-  You are service Desk Agent who work and manage queues of requests/issues coming through live chat.

- You are a Case Agent for HR, Facilities, or some other team that works and manages queues of

   requests/issues coming through live chat.

 

 

 

 

What you need for the 1:1 sessions?

 

You will need to be able to take a 60-minute call via Skype for Business.

 

Interested?

 

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line:

“UX Study – Live Chat Agent”

 

 

*Our UX Researchers are happy to travel to your company location to conduct this UX study

ONSITE/IN-PERSON. If you are based in California in/near Los Angeles area,  and are interested in an ON-SITE UX session, please let me know.
I’ll be happy to share the schedule and agenda for an ON-SITE visit. @Live_Chat_Agents

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What is it?

 

We have an InVision Prototype of Digital Workplace (DWP) Webpage Builder, and are looking for participants to test the interface. This UX session will be conducted remotely via a 30-minute WebEx session.  Information will be captured regarding processes, current experiences.

 

The goal is to listen to participants’ feedback on the DWP Webpage Builder prototype, so that we can understand how to improve the experience.

 

When is it?

 

Monday, January 7th – Monday, January 21st. Any 30-minute between 7AM – 5 PM CST (or any time after 3pm CET)

 

 

Who Qualifies?

 

We are looking for professional who are involved in updating and maintaining internal company webpages as part of your job.

 

Your job titles may include (but are not limited) to the followings:

- Administrator

- Web Producer

- Web Master

 

 

What you need for the 1:1 sessions?

 

You will need to install WebEx software on your computer. You will receive an email with instructions to log in.

 

Interested?

Next steps: Email Launa Nguyen at Launa_Nguyen@bmc.com with email subject line: “UX Study – Digital Work Place Webpage Builder”  @Web_Master

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We’re inviting you to become an inaugural member of BMC’s “Friends of AMI” community and participate in the development one of ZSolution’s most exciting products in recent years. You’ll have an opportunity to engage directly with BMC product experts, product management, and R&D to help validate and provide feedback on the capabilities of the initial release of AMI Predictive. The community is open now for new members and the predictive product development will start in late January with customer involvement opportunities available now.

 

BMC AMI solutions span the entire ZSolutions’ portfolio including Security, DevOps, Capacity and Cost Management, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Operations. The initial focus of the Friends of AMI community will be on AI Ops solutions and expand to the other products in the future.

 

The first validation program, as mentioned above, will be for AMI Predictive, a machine learning powered solution to predict and notify of potentially system crippling events before they happen. AMI predictive is focused on providing the following initial capabilities:

 

  • Domain expertise-built machine learning models based on decades of experience
  • System health Insights based on multi-variant correlation
  • Out of the box detection of dozens of potentially catastrophic system events

 

The AMI Predictive validation program is open to all BMC customers and partners. Initially focus will be on Db2 and z/OS use cases but will quickly expand to other domains such as CICS and IMS.

 

How can you get involved?

  • Participate in use case validation – “has this happened to you?”
  • Contribute your operational metrics to help validate the models
  • Participate in periodic sprint reviews where developers demonstrate designs, mockups, and/or working code in return for your feedback
  • Participate in facilitated product validation – log into one of our sandbox environments and provide feedback
  • Accept pre-release code into your test environment and provide critical hands on feedback
  • Willingness to collaborate with BMC and other customers and to provide open feedback
  • Be a willing Customer Connect Reference upon successfully completing the program

 

Each customer or partner is encouraged to participate as much as they can but there is no requirement to participate in all opportunities.

 

 

We are looking for participants with the following criteria.  Upon completing the steps in "How to sign up for Beta", you will be notified within one business day if you have been accepted to the program. 

  • Be a current BMC customer
  • Sign our beta agreement
  • Operate IBM Mainframe(s) in your environment, greater than 2000 MIPS
  • Participate in Friends of AMI Activities
  • Operational metrics:
    1. z/OS 2.2 or better
    2. Db2, CICS, or other system/subsystem for which metrics are desired

 

 

►How to sign up for Beta:

 

  • Have an active BMC Support ID in your BMC profile.

            If you do not, please follow these steps:

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