The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: BMC Software, France Telecom, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and CA Technologies

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: BMC Software, France Telecom, IBM,
                     Hewlett-Packard and CA Technologies

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include BMC Software (Nasdaq:BMC), France
Telecom (NYSE:FTE), IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)
and CA Technologies (Nasdaq:CA).


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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

BMC Continues Winning Deals

BMC Software (Nasdaq:BMC) continues to win deals and will now be offering
solutions to managed IT service provider Applaud. The latter is improving the
quality of its professional services to Australian organizations, for which it
needed to counter headwinds related to its help desk ticketing system. This
led Applaud to BMC's Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) solution that has
solved the problem.

Separately,France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) has selected the BMC ProactiveNet
Performance Management solution for efficient customer services. This solution
identifies and prioritizes real-time problems. The actual work of the solution
is to identify the main reasons for the problems and thereafter inform the
concerned team.

BMC has also recently secured an order from the Generali Deutschland Group.
The life and general insurance company has deployed the BMC CMF MONITOR
solution, which is expected to help the German company lower its mainframe
costs, and improve its performance and capacity data to meet customer needs.

We believe that these offerings from BMC will find many takers, as it makes
life easier for the customers. BMC has been enjoying a steady flow of deals
and is also witnessing steady growth in its SaaS-based business. Cloud
bookings have also improved.

On the other hand, significant Fed budget cuts have had an impact on
government funds for IT administration. This apart, the economic weakness in
Europe is also affecting business.

On the other hand, growing competition from big players such as IBM Corp.
(NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and CA Technologies (Nasdaq:CA)
will pose challenge for the company.

BMC carries a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a short-term Hold rating.

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