ASG and Tideway Partner to Provide a MetaCMDB™ Solution with Complete Automated Discovery and Mapping Capabilities

Naples - 8 July 2008

ASG Software Solutions, the originator of ASG’s Business Service Platform™ (BSP™), a true platform for Business Service Management (BSM) and ASG’s MetaCMDB™, announces its partnership with Tideway to provide customers with a single solution for complete discovery of both packaged and custom applications in mainframe and distributed environments. The partnership allows ASG to sell Tideway Foundation™ as a fully integrated and functional component of ASG’s MetaCMDB, automatically discovering and mapping run time infrastructure to business applications, enabling the clear alignment of business and IT.

Tideway is a recognised leader in mapping application relationships to physical and virtual infrastructure, including the critical dependencies that exist between these elements. ASG is not only an industry leader in application portfolio management with its powerful ASG-becubic™ product, but is also a major innovator in CMDB technology with its MetaCMDB, which features ASG-Rochade® technology. The combination of the technologies from Tideway and ASG creates a complete CMDB solution that is unparalleled in the marketplace.

According to a report by Glenn O’Donnell, senior analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., “the configuration management database (CMDB) is a major topic for IT operations professionals, as maturing IT organisations now comprehend its pivotal role in operational process initiatives such as ITIL®.” And as this technology type and vendor landscape continues to mature, O’Donnell writes, “there will be no competitive differentiation in the data held or exchanged, only in how the vendor assembles and leverages such data. Expect the big four…to move more slowly than smaller, nimble players…such as ASG and Tideway.“ (“A Federated CMDB Remains Distant, But Start Now,” Forrester Research, Inc., June 2008).

The new MetaCMDB solution offers a high level of decision support for business and IT, providing the tools for accurate project planning and estimation as well as for prioritisation based on real and accurate data. The combined technologies offer businesses a fully automated documentation of business service dependencies, reducing overall risk and accelerating the generation of an accurate and maintained service model.

The partnership between ASG and Tideway includes joint marketing, training, and support efforts on a global scale to bring the fully integrated, Tideway-enabled MetaCMDB solution to a broad customer base.

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