BMC buys MQSoftware, bolstering middleware management

The company makes software for monitoring IBM's WebSphere MQ messaging software

BMC on Monday said it has bought MQSoftware, maker of middleware that helps companies monitor the performance of IBM's WebSphere MQ software, as well as other platforms. Terms were not disclosed.

BMC competes with Novell, CA, IBM and a range of smaller vendors in the market for BSM (business service management) software, which is meant to help companies manage their IT infrastructure effectively and align it in support of business processes.

By purchasing MQSoftware, BMC wants a stronger play in companies that are working on SOA (service-oriented architecture) projects.

WebSphere MQ is a messaging platform that allows various applications and systems to communicate with each other. It thereby plays a key role in SOA implementations, which seek to create composite applications consisting of multiple, sometimes shared sources.

MQSoftware sells products for managing WebSphere MQ implementations and analyzing the flow of transactions through the systems.

The company has more than 1,000 customers, and some 92 percent of large IT organizations are using WebSphere MQ, according to a statement.

While BMC's announcement emphasized MQSoftware's close alignment with WebSphere MQ, the vendor also makes other products, such as for monitoring Tibco's Enterprise Message Service platform, which competes with WebSphere MQ.

MQSoftware's Web site indicates its portfolio will be rebranded as BMC Middleware Management.

However, the MQSoftware tools will be offered on BMC's price lists in stand-alone form, and "customers will not be forced to buy more products," a spokeswoman said via e-mail.

"However, BMC also may create solution bundles that combine MQSoftware products and existing BMC products in groupings that address customer IT issues, such as for cross-platform management of middleware," she added.

In a research note published Monday, Gartner analyst Milind Govekar said the deal should benefit customers of both companies.

"Gartner client feedback indicates that customers regard BMC's Mainview and Performance Manager (formerly Patrol) tools as less than strong when it comes to IBM WebSphere suite management," he wrote. Purchasing MQSoftware gives BMC "credible and proven technology to defend and grow its installed base in this area."

Meanwhile, MQSoftware has been trying to increase its revenue and customer count in recent years, but has encountered reluctance from large enterprises who "perceived it as risky to do business with a relatively small company," Govekar added.

"When MQSoftware becomes part of BMC ... this should help alleviate some of those fears."

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mergers & acquistionsbmcmiddlewareMQSoftware

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?