Speaking to South Africa’s IT leaders yesterday about achieving high performance in uncertain economic times, executives from BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC) and Virgin Media championed the critical role that IT automation plays in compliance, governance and business growth.

“Since the industrial revolution, manufacturing companies have been optimizing processes and technologies in order to meet market demands for product availability and low prices. The IT world needs to be better at following this practice,” said Tore Brynaa, a BMC business solution manager and ITSM specialist. “IT automation can help businesses become more efficient, save money and increase quality of service.”

Virgin Media selected BMC to help it make the leap to IT automation and bring its data center management costs under control, all the while meeting the reliability and time-to-market requirements of its digital TV, broadband, phone and mobile businesses. Since implementing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation solution, Virgin Media has reduced the time and costs involved in application release management and improved application quality.

“There’s no doubt that BMC’s data center automation solutions have made a fundamental difference to the way Virgin Media manages, controls and enforces configuration changes,” said Matt Wills, senior environment manager at Virgin Media. “We do expect a lot from the solution. At Virgin Media, we use the phrase, ‘It’s not blade magic; it’s BMC BladeLogic.’”

For more information about the IT service solutions discussed at this IDC event, please read the Virgin Media success story.

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