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BMC Picks Bishop

At a critical juncture, BMC Software Inc. (NYSE: BMC) has roped in former IBM Tivoli exec Tom Bishop to be the firms vice president and CTO (see BMC Appoints New CTO).

The pressure is on: Last month, BMC announced a major restructuring plan, slashing around 12 percent of its global workforce, and is now hellbent on building a new technology story. Bishop will be in charge of product direction.

Traditionally, BMC has been regarded as a systems management vendor competing with the likes of Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA) and Tivoli. However, the company is now attacking a space which it defines as business service management (BSM).

Under the BSM umbrella, BMC is looking to push a broad range of technologies, including provisioning as well as asset, change, and configuration management. A number of the pieces to support this strategy are already in place, although Bishop tells NDCF that it could be some time before the initiative reaches maturity.

”We’re already delivering significant proportions of it now, but in terms of its complete form, that’s probably 12 to 18 months away,” he says.

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