Mercury broadens IT management line

Mercury Interactive is broadening its product range for automating the process of managing IT systems and operations.

Mercury Interactive is broadening its product range for automating the process of managing IT systems and operations.

The expanded offering includes integrated sets of software and services targeting IT governance, software quality control, performance management and application availability.

Zohar Gilad, vice president of products at Mercury, said Mercury is focusing on three strategic IT functions as part of the broadened Business Technology Optimisation product line: governing IT departments and managing project portfolios, the delivery of applications to corporate business units, and managing systems to make sure they work properly.

Mercury bought its IT governance tools through the acquisition of Kintana in August. Glenn O'Donnell, an analyst at Meta Group, said the software automates the management of IT procedures - "not so much dealing with the nuts and bolts but the actual operational processes".

Depending on which pieces of the four product sets a customer licences, pricing could range from $15,000 to millions of dollars, said Christopher Lochhead, Mercury's chief marketing officer.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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