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BMC Lops Heads

BMC Software Inc. (NYSE: BMC) last week cut 3.5 percent of its work force, or 232 employees, less than a month after the management software company shuttered its standalone storage group (see BMC Folds Storage Unit).

About 20 percent of the total layoffs, or around 45 employees, came from the Patrol Storage Manager (PSM) group, according to BMC spokesman Eric Krueger. The layoffs occurred last Thursday, Feb. 27. There were around 120 total employees in BMC's storage unit, most of whom found positions elsewhere in the company, he says.

"There was a concerted effort by senior management to try to reallocate resources [ed. note: a.k.a. people] in other high-growth areas in the company," Krueger says. "Unfortunately, we couldn't find a spot for all of them."

Last month, BMC said it would phase out PSM, the company's flagship product for managing open systems storage. It will continue to support the most recent version of PSM, version 2.2, but BMC "has decided to curtail any future investments in PSM," company officials said at the time.

The company said it plans to continue to invest in Mainview Storage Resource Manager, its storage management package for OS/390 environments, and will continue to develop PSM Knowledge Modules (KMs) for storage devices.

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