SOURCE: Tideway Systems

November 30, 2006 09:16 ET

Global Independent Research Firm Identifies Tideway Systems as an Adaptive Technology and the Only Independent Application Mapping Company on the Market

Application Mapping's Scope Will Expand in the Next 12 Months

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 -- Tideway Systems™ was named "the only independent application mapping company capable of supporting any type of BSM solution and ITIL process without the baggage -- in terms of product catalog and compatibility -- of a large IT management software vendor" according to Forrester's Trend Report Application Mapping and the CMDB, Q4 2006 Update (November 2006).

In the report, Forrester examined the evolution of the CMDB (configuration management database) and application mapping market throughout 2006, focusing on the vendors adding capabilities through acquisition. The competition among IT management software vendors around CMDB application mapping has been fierce according to Forrester. And the number of announcements and acquisitions are testimony to vendor activity.

"The acquisition activity among the IT management software vendors emphasizes how important configuration management and mapping tools are to an IT organization. Since businesses now see this technology as business critical, it is imperative that this technology continues to evolve and adapt. Integrating companies and technologies takes away from this innovation and as the only remaining independent vendor, we have a unique, vendor-agnostic position which means we can be more flexible and innovate more quickly -- a key requirement for our clients," said Richard Muirhead, CEO and Founder of Tideway Systems.

According to Forrester, "Tideway has shown there is still room for adaptive technology in the space. It offers support for a variety of data center needs and processes but also license optimization, cost containment, and data center automation."

Forrester states that the following three trends will emerge over the next 12 months:

--  Application mapping's scope will expand
--  Deep dive application code dependencies will be required
--  Automation is a desired complement to application mapping and CMDB

In Forrester's Wave Report Configuration Management Database, Q1 2006 (February 2006), Tideway was recognized as an industry leader in the configuration management space.

Tideway also recently announced it has expanded its U.S. operation, global customer base and made several key appointments.

Tideway's flagship product Foundation™ was recently upgraded to incorporate significant advancements in its support for virtualization technologies -- such as VMWare, Sun Solaris containers and Microsoft Windows Clustering Services. Tideway Foundation 6.1 allows IT organizations to cut through the complexity of virtual environments, penetrating the layers of abstraction and untangling the relationships between the physical and virtual worlds. Foundation 6.1 uniquely models and maps complex, virtualized, n-tier business applications, assisted by hybrid discovery techniques, removing the last hurdle to virtualization. It is now possible to visualize exactly how the physical and virtualized IT environments support critical business applications and gain direct access to compliance reports.

Tideway's products provide organizations with complete transparency of their complex IT environments. They enable organizations to model distributed business applications and link them to their supporting infrastructure, serving as a cornerstone of integrated enterprise systems management solutions and for implementing IT best practices. Configuration management databases can be implemented with ease, automating and centralizing the resource-intensive tasks of discovering and understanding application infrastructure. Sophisticated browser-based reporting, visualization and integration capabilities make this IT intelligence available in an actionable form right at the point of decision or analysis.

About Tideway Systems

Tideway Systems is a privately held company, founded by Richard Muirhead in 2002 and headquartered in London, UK. Tideway's software solutions provide business service configuration management to some of the world's largest enterprises and service providers.

Tideway's IT service configuration management products provide IT operations with complete transparency of their run-time environment. Through modeling of bespoke applications and automated infrastructure discovery, Tideway's solutions serve as a cornerstone to enhance IT department responsiveness, and reduce application downtime. Tideway delivers value to a number of critical projects including: Business service management, consolidation projects, meeting IT compliance, achieving cost transparency and implementation of IT best practice such as ITIL. See for further information.

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