Texas county uses BMC to evaluate data system

Harris County, Texas, has adopted BMC Performance Assurance for Mainframes to evaluate the performance of the county’s Judicial Information Management System (JIMS) infrastructure.

JIMS holds more than 400 million records, said Jerrl Evans, managing director of infrastructure and network services for the Harris County Information Technology Center. The system tracks an individual’s journey throughout the criminal or civil justice system, and automates jury management and payroll. “Anything that has anything to do with anybody being in trouble in Harris County, that’s what JIMS covers,” Evans said.

More than 300 government agencies and 1,500 companies access JIMS each day, Harris County officials said. JIMS has about 10,000 users, including employees of the judicial system, sheriffs, district attorney staff members, county and district employees and county clerk staff members.

The BMC Performance Assurance software “has kept us in a position to make the right upgrade investments at the right time,” Evans said. “Unlike private industry, whatever we have budgeted, we have budgeted,” he said. In county government, “there’s no bailouts.”

Such a large system requires a lot of capacity planning, Evans said. The BMC software let Evans accurately simulate the growth of JIMS.

Back in 1985, when Evans installed the predecessor of BMC software, it was a manual process, involving much more effort, he said.

The latest BMC software is more accurate and takes about a 10th of the time earlier versions took, Evans said.

BMC’s Performance Assurance for Mainframes “allows you to make the correct purchasing decision at the right time,” Evans said. “That’s what capacity planning is all about.”

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