BMC TrueSight Operations Management Overview

BMC TrueSight Operations Management is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Event Monitoring tools. It is most often compared to IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager: BMC TrueSight Operations Management vs IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager

What is BMC TrueSight Operations Management?

TrueSight Operations Management is a broad ITOM solution that delivers performance monitoring, event management, end user experience management, AIOps use cases and automated remediation and ticketing . It deploys machine learning and analytics to dynamically learn behavior, correlate, analyze, and prioritize event data so IT operations teams can predict, find and fix issues faster across complex, hybrid environments. TrueSight Operations Management provides a converged view of application and infrastructure performance across physical, virtual, multi-cloud and container environments. With visibility into web, mobile, and on-premises applications, TrueSight provides the insight IT operations needs to deliver high-quality digital services quickly and effectively enough to keep pace with business demands. TrueSight helps IT to ensure that the applications and services that drive the business continue to perform optimally by examining operational norms, automatically revealing abnormalities, measuring service impact, and proactively identifying risk.

BMC TrueSight Operations Management is also known as ProactiveNet, TrueSight Operations Management.

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BMC TrueSight Operations Management Customers

Ensono

Transamerica

Boston Scientific

Park Place Technologies

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TD Ameritrade

PNC Bank

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about BMC TrueSight Operations Management pricing:
  • "We pay license fees of between $150 and $200 per asset. There is an enterprise software license fee, and then you pay a percentage for your maintenance, and then Premier Support. For example, if you buy a two-year license for the product, then the maintenance fee is added to that for two years at X percent a year. Then there's a small fee on top of that for Premier Support..."
  • "We're end-of-lifeing it now. Overall, the licensing costs of BMC are a challenge for us in that they're hard costs, whereas open-source monitoring has soft costs, where it's harder to line-item."
  • "Pricing is all volume-driven. I think we were paying between $80 and $85 per license. That's per unit, for a perpetual license. You pay it one time and then, every year, you pay 20 percent of that for annual maintenance and support. But now that we've grown, we've purchased tens of thousands of licenses and the cost per license has gone down to something like less than $30..."
  • "The only possible additional cost that I can mention, that you might not be aware of, is that it uses Oracle partitioning, if you use Oracle. There are Oracle partitioning fees that go with that."
  • "We did a five-year, multimillion dollar deal."
  • "Consider scalability very carefully: how much you want to monitor and what components are very important. Then, depending on these two things, filter out unwanted metrics or attributes. If you do a good job at filtering the data, then your licensing costs will be manageable."
  • "It is a large, complex product. So, there is a commitment of manpower to deploy it, as it is not a cheap product."
  • "There is a big upfront cost when you buy the license, then there is annual maintenance. We look at, if I bought a license and paid for maintenance for five years, then average it out, what would be my monthly cost. We have had some of the competing tools come in around four dollars. This is coming in as a premium, which is why I don't have it deployed as I would like it. Therefore, we're in negotiations right now. If I can get it down to the four dollar range, I will triple my deployment in a year and a half."

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John_Rooney
Vice President of Managed Services at Park Place Technologies
Real User
Top 20
May 23, 2019
Enables us to proactively service our customers and even warn them about problems before they occur

What is our primary use case?

Park Place Technologies brought in TrueSight for three reasons. The first reason was the Presentation Server - the architecture. The second reason was the fact it has the AIOps piece. The third reason was their partner, called Sentry Software, out of France. We are a hardware maintenance company. We're probably one of the largest providers, worldwide, for replacing drives and storage equipment. We brought TrueSight in as a means of seeing if we could reduce the number of physical touches on a service ticket from eight to two. We've been accomplishing that with TrueSight and the Sentry… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The fact that they have a very integrated relationship with Sentry Software, the Knowledge Module, is valuable... The richest feature for us is the number of Knowledge Modules that we can load into the product to add breadth of service to the customer. It enables us to move up the operational stack from hardware, to operating system, to application, and to cloud... That enables us to provide one pane of glass over all those layers - hardware, OS, app, and cloud."
  • "Reporting would be an area for improvement in TrueSight... We have almost 800 customers today on TrueSight and just under 10,000 assets. We need to be able to give a customer some information. If the customer's product fails, they'll ask us, "Did it have a problem beforehand?" We have all those events and we know all the problems it had beforehand. We have to be able to give them access to that kind of reporting. That's an enhancement that we need."

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give is not to make a mistake and think it's an off-the-shelf product like Office 365. Understand that it's a very robust set of tools and procedures. You really should define what you want to do with it before you bring it in the door. If you had asked us before we brought it in, we had an idea, but we didn't know exactly how we wanted to utilize it and that was because we didn't know the capabilities of it. We thought we could do X, and we found out what we really needed to do was Y. It was that gap that we had to fill, and that took us time. So the better you can define…
ServiceDdffe
Service Delivery Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 22, 2019
Knowledge Modules are what make the implementation across our varied infrastructure, but RBAC controls need some work

What is our primary use case?

We use it for business service and infrastructure monitoring. We use the full gamut of utilities from them and monitoring in the platform.

Pros and Cons

  • "From an administrative standpoint, what stands out in TrueSight is the ability to implement quickly. When they have a requirement to monitor something, we're able to turn that on quickly in their environment. We're able to set up new apps within a day."
  • "We were somewhat limited in TrueSight due to some of the RBAC controls not quite being what we wanted as far as delegating out administrative privileges for implementation. But because we were able to turn requests around pretty well, that burden wasn't too heavy."

What other advice do I have?

BMC is at a critical point in redefining TSOM, how it's built. Anybody looking at BMC now needs to jump on the new version of TSOM and skip the current versions. I would wait until their new environment is ready. It will be containerized. Anyone implementing BMC can get used to the environment in a PoC but they shouldn't implement until their new stuff is out. I expect it to be that much different. Make sure that you have stakeholder buy-in and that they are able to provide the resources with the correct knowledge to implement in a smart fashion. Everybody's definition of "smart" is going to…
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Paul Mercina
Director Product Management at Park Place Technologies
Real User
Top 20
May 26, 2019
Enables us to monitor a hugely diverse set of hardware products from multiple manufacturers

What is our primary use case?

We're actually hosting the software and providing services to our customers based on all the capabilities that are within TrueSight. We are a very large, global, hardware maintenance provider for data centers. We mostly service the high-end data storage and networking equipment that you would find in data centers and in cloud environments. A couple of years ago we started on a journey to really improve our ability to maintain and service our customers. This was all about connectivity, getting connected to those servers and storage platforms. We wanted to get connected to everything that we… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The ability of this platform to monitor the very diverse assets that we maintain around the world is its most valuable feature... We support a vast array of manufacturers' equipment, like HP, IBM, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi... We can do it all with [this] one [solution]."
  • "We have a unique use case because BMC typically sells this solution into enterprises that are deploying it within their IT, versus to a managed services provider like us where we're supporting thousands of customers. Multi-tenancy and the scalability have been challenges along the way, as we've grown... If anything could have gone better as we were ramping this up and adding a lot of volume to it, I would say it's the scalability. That would be one thing that could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

If we had to do it all over again, we would have spent a lot more time in the early going on planning the architecture, on how we were going to build this out. That could have saved us some pain, once we got it up and running and started adding customers and expanding it. If we had spent a little more time with BMC, planning architecturally how we were going to design this to support the scale we needed, it would have helped. That was a lesson learned. And that would be some advice I would give. Depending on how you're planning to use the tool, make sure you spend some time looking at the…
Doug Greene
Sr. Director Operations at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Aug 26, 2019
Enables us to triangulate, using multiple sets of data - including log, app, OS, network, and more - and find issues

What is our primary use case?

We use it primarily for monitoring. My organization is an application support organization and part of what we need to do is to make sure is that our infrastructure is running tip-top so that those applications can run, consequently, the same way. We use the tool to do both application monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring all the way down to storage services, and things like that on the OS layer. We have a full breadth and are able to triangulate what types of issues we're experiencing before our end-users experience those issues. It monitors our entire platform. Everything in… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's event management capabilities are fantastic. We do a best of breed. If, on the network side, they use a different tool, we pull all that data in so that we have a single console. It's kind of like the monitor of monitors. We're able to aggregate all the different types of data sets, whether it's log data, app data, OS data, infrastructure data, or network data. We're able to aggregate all those events and then correlate and be able to say we're having an event."
  • "Specifically around application performance monitoring, BMC is definitely not the market leader. The Dynatraces, the New Relics and the like are more of the market leaders in that space. I would like to see them grow that space a little bit more aggressively. It has not really been their bread and butter."

What other advice do I have?

Keep it simple. Make sure that you understand, architecturally, how your applications and your data center are set up. It makes your life easier to know exactly what you're going to need to monitor. The biggest lesson I have learned from using this solution is to really take full advantage. I joke with the BMC guys that TSOM is like AutoCAD, the engineering tool that people use to design and draw. We only scratch the surface of its full capabilities. The thing that I've learned is that it's a good idea to take advantage of all the bells and whistles as quickly as you can because it really pays…
ITManager610z9
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Jul 18, 2019
Single pane of glass has resulted in dramatic improvements; it is bringing people together

What is our primary use case?

We stood up an event management group and our responsibility is to monitor the entire company, globally: systems, applications, and infrastructure. We're modeling those out as services. We've got about 800 services that we're modeling out from the CMDB right now and monitoring pretty much everything. We are big users of the service models. We use CA's SDM system, which we're evaluating. But in the meantime, we wrote the interface between TrueSight and CA to cut tickets and also to, in reverse, give ticket statuses in TrueSight. We're also going through a process of onboarding our services for… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We're using native monitoring capabilities for all our server hardware, for visibility for applications, for URLs, for webpage response and accuracy, and for monitoring network throughput in a lot of particular instances. We're using lightweight protocols for pinging, for DNS, for LDAP."
  • "The one piece that I would love to see is a general-purpose, configurable agent which would be a framework that you can deploy on anything, whether it be Java or anything else. It would allow you to easily deploy it on a platform that they support."

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that it's not going to be as easy as you think, but it's going to be worth more than you think when you get it done. It depends on your situation. It depends on how far advanced you are in operations management. For us, this was a complete cultural, technological, and process overall. It wasn't just replacing one tool with another. It wasn't just putting a tool in place. It was an entire IT renewal and it's still going on. It's been a long, hard road, both from a cultural perspective and from a technology perspective, just getting people to realize the value. But once they do…
Monitori66fb
Monitoring Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Aug 26, 2019
We have reduced headcount and shrunk the mean time to resolve

What is our primary use case?

From a senior management perspective, they want to get an understanding, when there is an outage, what is the impact of that outage across the entire suite of the company's products. We have an Event Manager that integrates all of our monitoring tools. Since we are a large company, we have about 26 different monitoring tools in use. The idea is getting all of them into a framework which can feed such a model that displays the impact of an outage.

Pros and Cons

  • "We have one application, which is fairly large. In the past, we had Level 1 and 2 NOC support teams who were responsible for watching dashboards. When they saw an issue in the application, they would call Level 2 or 3 support and escalate the call, if necessary. Now, through the use of this product, we have been able to reduce the headcount by five people, as we are able to eliminate the eyes on the glass. We no longer have people watching the dashboard. We have events which are processed automatically through the system and get to the right people. We had six people in L1s, and now have one. So, we reduced five out of six headcount, which is pretty significant."
  • "In a large company of our size, we need multiple people in our company trained. So, I have to take the training classes. Then, I have to go and train the rest of my organization. I would prefer to say to the other people on my team, "Go to this link and..." Or, "Here's a list of training sessions that you can go to which are online and that are free." I think it would help the adoption of their product in the marketplace, personally."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have knowledgeable people on your staff. Give yourself plenty of time for deployment, if you think it will take three months, make it six months. Look at past companies' experience on time to deploy, knowledge, and staffing requirements. The solution's event management capabilities are very good. In some ways, they are based on very old technology. I first started using it way back in the late nineties and the basic core of the product does not appear to have changed much since then. Back then, it was a very good product. So that's not necessarily a bad thing. The other things…
Mudassir Parwez Ahmed
Sr. Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Aug 23, 2020
Monitors a mix of on-prem and cloud, and predictive alerts help maintain availability

What is our primary use case?

TrueSight Operations Manager includes infrastructure monitoring, as well as application performance monitoring. The premier use case that I have seen, over the last few years is infrastructure monitoring, along with network monitoring. The overall use case is monitoring of IT infrastructure, including the network; monitoring, alerting, and event management. Occasionally we have seen a couple of customers who are interested in the application performance management as well. The actionable alerts that we get from monitoring the infrastructure or application are the end-result of the monitoring… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The event management part of TrueSight Operations Management, in my experience, is probably the best in the market. You have endless flexibility. You can build your own rules, you have the MRL language, and you can implement any kind of logic on the alerts. It may be correlation, abstraction, or executing something as a result of the alerts. You have almost the whole range of options available for event management using the available customization."
  • "It's too complex, too many servers are required, there are too many different components in the solution, and a lot of agents are required."

What other advice do I have?

TrueSight, as a solution, is a very large suite nowadays. In the last year or so, BMC has made the Orchestration module a part of the TrueSight portfolio. Then there are the Server Automation, Network Automation, and BladeLogic Client Automation pieces that are merged into the TrueSight portfolio. If you consider the entire TrueSight product suite, which includes TrueSight Operations Management, Infrastructure Management, and Application Performance Management, and you have TrueSight Capacity Optimization, TrueSight Orchestration, and TrueSight Automation — if you combine all these solutions…
SrManagef31c
Sr Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Jun 19, 2019
It covers so many different technologies which can roll up into a single console

What is our primary use case?

My company is a data center service provider. We host and manage IT for all types of different companies, using TrueSight to manage and monitor the health performance availability of all our customers' environments: networks, servers, databases, websites, and all their back-end IT. Right now, the focus is pushing DevOps and AIOps in our more traditional data center management. We are not using it in the cloud space today. Therefore, the focus is the traditional data center space, but for us, that is a very large space.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is breadth. It covers so many different technologies which can roll up into a single console."
  • "The noise reduction for ticketing works much better than we have seen in a lot of other companies."
  • "I definitely would like to see more improvement in the self-diagnostics. I need to know when anything is not working or collecting, long before our customer finds it."

What other advice do I have?

You really want to plan out your policy and architecture in great detail before you start any deployments. It is a complex product. You don't want to have to go redo it. Pick a small environment, test out your plan, test it out a second time, beat it up, and once you're happy with it, then go nuts by deploying it everywhere. It's great once it's there, you just have to get past that design hurdle, because there are things that aren't necessarily intuitive. I have a mixed bag impression of the usability. The end user experience is mostly good, as it's a very clean interface. There are some…
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