Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a
group of investors led by Bain Capital. This is good news for Bain as they
generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is
unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their
products. But, is it good news for you?
I doubt it. The acquisition by a private equity firm is unlikely to be a
permanent state. It could lead to a company breakup with the parts auctioned
off to separate owners. But, it’s more likely that Bain intends to
In the real estate market when someone buys a house, makes some changes and
resells the house for a profit, they call it a “flip”. They improve the
curb appeal, add a little paint, fix a leaky pipe, get rid of excess
furniture and return the house to a sellable condition. Anything that
prevents a future... (more)
Your day is going great. Traffic was light, coffee is good this morning and
the application release that you’ve been working on forever is being
released today. One more acceptance test run and it’s a go! Life is
good….. until the call from server support. During final testing, the
application started hoarding resources, otherwise known as a leak. Abnormal
usage continues to rise. Support had no idea that there was a problem. The
server has failed. Everyone from the CIO to the guy in the mailroom is in a
panic. This has happened more times than anyone wants to admit.
In mos... (more)
Recently an article came out stating that APM was going the way of the space
shuttle. Too expensive, outdated, not needed and so on. There were
statistics given indicating that APM products were growing out of favor as
To my experience most customers don’t even use the acronym APM or what it
stands for, application performance monitoring. Many enterprises have shared
services, IT operations and application development groups and they all
monitor or test the performance of their respective resources.
Statistics are a funny thing. Depending on when you ask som... (more)
*&%#* The system is running slow again! Now what? Is there a space hog
application sucking up all my resources? Did we just crash? No, must not
say that word...must not say that word... ...still running, just
sloooowly. I wonder if anything new has been installed… Nice if they told
me. I overheard that something new might have been installed last week.
Could there be a memory leak? Are they checking for one? Are they looking
in the right place? Hide and seek with a leak is NO fun. How many times
have you sat staring at your monitor until your eyes burn and blur, trying t... (more)
Unusual for a company’s demise, OpTier quietly disappeared without press
fanfare or news reports. According to Gartner Analyst Jonah Kowall, they
ceased operations in May 2014. Over the years, we crossed paths with them
many times, competing in large deals some of which we won and some we lost.
We both had NY offices, traded employees several times and at one trade
show our booths were right next to each other. However, even though they
were a competitor it was sad to learn they were gone.
The APM market has been rapidly evolving and customers are expecting more