FRAMINGHAM (10/17/2003) - BMC Software Inc. this week announced third-party partnerships and software the company says will help customers more effectively manage business applications. The company announced partnerships with Symantec Corp., EMC Corp. and Accenture Ltd. it says will let customers tie systems from those vendors together with BMC's monitoring tools. The partnerships are part of the software company's Business Service Management strategy. Announced six months ago, BSM involves modeling an application as a business service and monitoring the network, server, storage and other resources as a whole entity, rather than managing the components separately. On the software front, BMC introduced a new Web interface for its Service Impact Manager 2.0 software. SIM builds a map of the network and connects the dots between network components and the applications they support. The idea is to help users more quickly spot problems that could slow application performance. SIM 2.0 is expected to be available Nov. 15, and pricing starts at US$87,000.