Editor's Note: After the April issue of DM Review went to press, we learned that Gene Austin is no longer vice president and general manager of BMC Software's Enterprise Data Management Group. William (Bill) Miller has assumed responsibility for the Enterprise Data Management Group, effective April 1.

How many databases does your organization have? Probably at least several – and quite a few in very large organizations. Databases are complicated, and each one has its own peculiarities. Additionally, the products designed to assist in managing these databases are as different as the databases themselves. While you can use one vendor to supply a management product for DB2 UDB and Oracle, it won't be the same product. Toss in the management of mainframes to add a little spice, and things really become complicated. There's no coexistence, no linkage and no integration between these products. That doesn't sound like a recipe for efficient management of anything, especially not a mission-critical information system.

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