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BMC Picks Up IT Masters for $42 Million

With the rush to snap up software that will manage other software applications, BMC Software Tuesday purchased privately-held IT Masters International S.A. for about $42 million in cash.

Prior to the purchase, Houston's BMC had already been a leader in enterprise management software, but buying Belgian's IT Masters will help it add breadth to its family of software products, particularly on the service level. IT Masters' specialty is adaptive software that detects and manages changes across a computer network.

With this technology, IT businesses can prioritize their work according to the company's needs, responding to problems in real-time by linking service delivery and support with IT infrastructure and applications. Many major software vendors, including Microsoft, IBM and HP, are embarking on similar initiatives to deliver intuitive software that divines dilemmas coming down the pike.

IT Masters' flagship service management product is MasterCell, and BMC anticipates it will be an important cog in its service management strategy, providing the base platform for service impact management, real-time service modeling, root-cause analysis and service level agreement management. Specifically, BMC's mainframe systems software MAINVIEW and batch scheduling and output management product INCONTROL will be eventually integrated with MasterCell to pull data from the enterprise.

BMC and IT Masters were partners prior to the acquisition: MasterCell is already integrated with BMC's PATROL software. The buy is BMC's first since it's November 2002 purchase of Remedy Software from Peregrine Systems, which was at one point BMC's toughest competitor before it fell on hard times.

IT Masters also makes and sells MasterAR Suite, a suite of productivity tools that are integrated into the Remedy Action Request System, an application platform and development environment.

IT Masters keeps software development offices in Belgium and Austin, Texas and its 75 employees will join BMC.