BMC Software

BMC Software, Inc. is an American enterprise software company. BMC offers SaaS-based and on-premise software solutions and services in areas including cloud computing, IT service management, automation, IT operations, and mainframe. BMC stock was originally traded on NASDAQ under the symbol BMCS and on the New York Stock Exchange with symbol BMC, but the company is now privately held. BMC is a multinational firm operating in North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia and has multiple offices located around the world.[1] The company's international headquarters is located in Houston, Texas, United States.[2][3]

BMC Software, Inc.
IndustryComputer software
FoundedSeptember 1980 (1980-09)
FounderJohn J. Moores
Dan Cloer
Scott Boulette
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
Key people
  • Ayman Sayed


The company was founded in Houston, Texas, by former Shell Oil employees Scott Boulette, John J. Moores, and Dan Cloer, whose surname initials were adopted as the company name BMC Software.[4][5] Moores served as the company's first CEO.[6] The firm primarily wrote software for IBM mainframe computers, the industry standard at the time.[2]

In 1987, Moores was succeeded by Richard A. Hosley II as CEO and President. In July 1988, BMC was re-incorporated in Delaware and went public with an initial public offering for BMC stock.[7][8] The first day of trading was August 12, 1988.[9][10]

Acquisition and privatization by private equity firms

In May 2013, BMC announced that it was in the process of being acquired by a group of major private equity investment groups for $6.9 billion.[11] The process was completed in September of 2013 and the company is no longer publicly traded.[12]

On October 2, 2018 announced the completion of the acquisition of BMC by KKR, a leading global investment firm. The company was acquired from a private investor group led by Bain Capital Private Equity and Golden Gate Capital together with GIC, Insight Venture Partners, and Elliott Management.[13] KKR also owns Cherwell Software, a competitive software to BMC Software’s Remedy suite of tools. BMC Software in January 2018, had filed a patent infringement against Cherwell, prior to KKR’s interest in BMC Software. Subsequently, the lawsuit has disappeared.[14]

Notable acquisitions

Company Year Price
Patrol Software 1994 $36 million
Datetools 1997 $60 million
Boole & Babbage 1998 $877m - $1 billion
BGS Systems 1998 $285 million
New Dimension Software 1999 $673 million
Optisystems 2000 $70 million
Remedy (product) 2002 Undisclosed
IT Masters 2003 $42 million
Marimba 2004 $187 million
Identify Software 2006 $151 million
Service Management Partners 2007 Unknown
ProactiveNet 2007 Unknown
RealOps 2007 Unknown
Emprisa Networks 2007 $22 million
BladeLogic 2008 $854 million
ITM Software 2008 Undisclosed
MQSoftware 2009 Undisclosed
Tideway Systems 2009 Undisclosed
Phurnace Software 2010 Undisclosed
GridApp Systems 2010 Undisclosed
Coradiant 2011 Undisclosed
StreamStep 2011 Undisclosed
Numara Software 2012 Undisclosed

Products and services

BMC Software began as a mainframe-only software vendor, but since the middle 1990s has been developing software to monitor, manage and automate both distributed and mainframe systems.

Directors and staff

The company was founded by John J. Moores in 1980; Moores was a "former Shell Oil computer specialist ... whose software made Shell's computers more efficient."[15] Richard A. Hosley II was president and chief executive officer of BMC Software, Inc. from October 1987 until April 1990. Shortly after becoming president, Hosley took the company public in 1988. Hosley was succeeded by Max Watson, Jr. in April 1990.[16] Max Watson Jr. was chairman and chief executive officer of BMC Software from April 1990 to January 2001.[17] At one point, he was listed as one of Houston's highest paid executives; in 2000, his salary and bonus was $1.2 million.[18]

In 2001, BMC appointed the company director, Garland Cupp, to the post of chairman, succeeding Max Watson, who quit the post in January 2001.[19] Watson was succeeded as chairman and CEO by BMC's former senior vice president of product management and development, Robert Beauchamp (pron. "Bee-chum"). [9]

As of December 2016, Peter Leav succeeded Bob Beauchamp as president and chief executive officer.[20][21] In October 2019, Ayman Sayed was named as President and CEO of BMC Software.

See also


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  12. Press Release (September 10, 2013). "BMC Software Completes Privatization Transaction". BMC Software. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  13. "KKR Buys BMC Software". KKR New Media Oct 2, 2018.
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  20. Lopez, Maribel (December 12, 2016). "BMC Adds Peter Leav As CEO, Prepares For New Growth Chapter". Forbes.
  21. Preimesberger, Chris (December 12, 2016). "BMC Makes Change at Top, Selects Former Polycom CEO". eWeek.
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