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BMC moves to the forefront in DB2 Utilities with CDB acquisition
By Rich Ptak and Bill Moran
BMC has been a leader in delivering DB2 utilities for
nearly 30 years. In recent years, mainframe DB2 utility customers have voiced
their need for faster completion times, lower execution costs, shorter or no outages
at all along with multiple requests for more functionality to keep up with the demands
of the digital enterprise. BMC saw an opportunity to both address these needs
and raise the bar in improved cost and performance results
In its response, BMC had to choose between in-house
development and acquisition. Redesigning and rewriting the DB2 utilities would
be costly and time consuming, risking potential erosion in market share.
Acquisition offered a quicker and potentially more cost-effective solution,
assuming the right company was available.
BMC knew CDB as a small, but successful competitor selling
DB2 utilities. Using recent technologies, CDB delivered a set of leading-edge
products that were both competing with and complementary to existing BMC’s
utilities. In an all-cash transaction, BMC acquired CDB’s products, programming
assets and select personnel; keeping key personnel from CDB will facilitate
future development of DB2 utilities.
What does this mean to BMC’s customers? As we see it, the
key message continues the good news following from BMC’s privatization. The new
owners are aggressively investing not only in BMC, but also in what they
recognize as good opportunities in the mainframe business. In our opinion,
mainframe customers can look forward to a continuing flow of new mainframe
products and technologies. This is good news for BMC’s current as well as all
mainframe customers, as increasing competition drives product improvements. It
also should motivate non-BMC customers to consider BMC products.
Here are some details of the acquisition. The combined
companies’ products include both overlapping and complementary DB2 utilities.
These are classified as follows: Load, Unload, Reorg, Copy, Recover, Check and
Statistics collection. The challenge lies in combining and integrating the best
of the CDB offerings with the best of the BMC offerings into what BMC calls
Next Generation Technology (NGT).
Plans are for BMC Copy, Recover, Check and Statistics to
be combined with CDB offerings for Load, Unload, and Reorg. Future releases of LOBMaster
and Real-Time Utility Manager will complete the package. The new platform will include
extended automation capabilities to ease the workload on already stressed
Existing BMC utility customers will have immediate access
to the equivalent new technology by simply contacting their account management
teams. The details of upgrades and offerings in other customer scenarios are
still being worked out.
By midyear 2015, BMC plans to be able to offer all
existing customers the opportunity to investigate the new technology. Customers
will be able to evaluate and consider a complete migration at their own pace.
By the end of 2016 or early 2017 (timed to coincide with
an expected new DB2 release), BMC plans a fully integrated BMC and CDB utility
suite supporting the new DB2 release.
Timelines for some offerings to CDB customers will be
handled on an individual basis. BMC plans to treat them comparably to their own
existing customers. For those with neither BMC nor the CDB products, separate packaging
will be available
We think that this deal benefits all parties. The BMC
customers get access to new technology that speeds up the reorg process and
eliminates even the seconds-long downtime that BMC’s current reorg requires.
CDB customers will be happy as BMC introduces new automation functions and they
gain access to BMC technology where it is superior to CDB.
In addition, CDB customers will now be dealing with a
larger company and they will no longer have the risks associated with a very
small supplier. BMC gains with even more competitive products able to leverage
a quantum leap into the latest, proven technology.
We believe that the only companies who don’t gain are
BMC’s competitors. But, we expect the resulting competition to bring even more
good news for customers over time.