BMC Buys Web Site Service Provider for $100M

FRAMINGHAM (05/03/2000) - BMC Software Inc. yesterday announced its purchase of Evity Inc. in Austin, Texas. Under the deal, which BMC executives valued at $100 million, the Houston-based software vendor will integrate Evity's SiteAngel Web application response time monitoring service with its Patrol network and systems management software.

Because Web site performance monitoring is so critical to companies these days, it's not uncommon for enterprises to use three or more tools or services to monitor application and Web site response time, said Corey Ferengul, an analyst at Meta Group Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut.

Companies are "spending a lot of money" on these tools, Ferengul said. However, extracting value from them can be frustrating, he said. "They're getting reports on external and internal applications, Web infrastructure. They get reports from their Internet and application service providers, but it's up to the end user to correlate all those reports," he said.

SiteAngel 2000 provides data on user-defined transactions, rather than application-defined transactions. A user might define a customer request for a Web page, selection of an item, credit-card authorization and purchase confirmation as a single transaction, while an application might define each step Because BMC owns SiteAngel, it can more tightly integrate the service than can vendors that are merely partnering with one another, such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Keynote Systems Inc., said Stephen Elliot, an analyst at Gartner Group Inc. BMC watchers said to look for added functionality in Patrol 2000, which BMC will release May 8.

SiteAngel 2000 pricing starts at an annual subscription fee of $6,000.

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