BMC buys ProactiveNet, adds in more analytics

BMC Software is buying privately held ProactiveNet as a way to flesh out the analytics portion of its BSM (business service management) software.

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BMC Software is buying privately held ProactiveNet as a way to flesh out the analytics portion of its BSM (business service management) software.

BMC announced its plan to buy ProactiveNet company ahead of the announcement of its its fourth-quarter results for fiscal 2007 on 29 May, but declined to provide any financial details about the deal.

Pending ProactiveNet shareholder approval and other closing conditions, BMC hopes to complete the purchase within the next 30 days. The two companies already had a technology alliance in place.

ProactiveNet's software allows customers to collect data from their IT systems, which is then analysed and monitored to detect any unusual activity. The software can then alert IT staff to a potential problem as well as provide suggestions about how to fix the issue.

ProactiveNet can also link service-level agreements and business metrics to the performance of IT systems in real-time.

BMC believes the combination of ProactiveNet and its own performance transaction and event management software may prove timely. In the wake of much consolidation in that market segment, BMC thinks many customers may be re-evaluating their current vendor and ready to migrate to its offerings.

BMC's prime competitors are CA, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. ProactiveNet customers include ETrade, Hoover's Online, MoneyGram and McKesson.

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