BMC Software says it will become more aggressive in chasing business in Asia as information overload and Internet technology begin to threaten companies' computer systems. Senior corporate strategist Bill Arledge said companies worldwide were dealing with distributed client/server systems running critical applications. 'Client/server systems are simply not as robust as mainframe systems,' he said. 'Mainframes achieve 99.9 per cent reliability, but client/server is only somewhere around 92 per cent. BMC software is designed to work with both the open and legacy systems.' He said BMC Software, particularly its flagship product Patrol, concentrated on application management and optimisation and data management as a core niche designed to integrate with multi-vendor solutions. Alex Wu, regional manager of Greater China, said BMC made a point of teaming with systems integrators to provide a full service. 'For example, the Hong Kong Jockey Club uses our software to monitor its betting system to make sure it doesn't go down or alerts the IT [information technology] managers to any problems,' he said. 'Our software is only part of the solution, though. They also use Sybase database systems and Digital hardware, which BMC's software is designed to optimise.' BMC planned to introduce a fully Java-enabled product by the end of this year and would continue to include as many different major relational databases in the core of its software. Mr Wu said BMC was continuing to grow in Asia. It first established an office in Singapore in 1995 and a Hong Kong office last year. 'In 1995, we had two Asia-Pacific employees. We now have 30 and plan to have 50 by the end of the year,' he said. 'The Patrol product grew at 300 per cent last year, but we've seen 500 per cent growth in Asia-Pacific.'