Tivoli Software
FounderBob Fabbio
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
ProductsTivoli Software
(product portfolio)
Parent organization
IBM (from 1996)

Tivoli Software encompasses a set of products originally developed by Tivoli Systems Inc. IBM bought the company and ran the operation as its Tivoli Software division. Additional products were acquired and run under the Tivoli portfolio brand. IBM began phasing out use of the Tivoli brand in 2013 and by 2016 had moved the portfolio products into a revised and rebranded hierarchy.[1][2]


Logo of Tivoli Systems
Logo of Tivoli Systems

Tivoli Systems Inc. was founded in Austin, Texas in 1989 by Bob Fabbio[3] and quickly joined by Peter Valdes, Todd Smith and Steve Marcie; all were former IBM employees.[4] Bob Fabbio in an interview indicated the purpose was to provide systems management on systems from a diverse set of vendors while at IBM he had been directed to focus on IBM products only.[5] As an independent software vendor Tivoli Systems developed and sold Tivoli Management Environment (TME) "systems management" software and services. The then CEO Frank Moss saw the company listed on NASDAQ in March 1995[6] and the subsequent merger into IBM in 1996.[7]

At the start of 2002, Tivoli Systems Inc, became Tivoli Software, a brand within IBM.[8] IBM initially grew the software portfolio under the Tivoli brand through development and acquisition.[9][4] There are some thoughts this may have resulted in the brand containing a large set of overlapping and marginal products[4] In April 2013 IBM renamed "Tivoli Software" Division to "Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure".[1][10] IBM moved away from the Tivoli brand as exemplified by the explicit rebranding of Tivoli Storage Manager to IBM Spectrum Protect[11] and the renaming of IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler to IBM Workload Scheduler as of release 9.3.[12]

Market position

According to IT analyst research firm Gartner, Inc., IBM in 2012 owned the largest share of the "IT Operations Management" software market, with an 18% market share.[13] IBM was also the leading provider of Enterprise Asset Management software, for the 7th consecutive year, according to ARC Advisory Group, a research analyst firm for industry and infrastructure.[14]

Service management segments

Service management segments related to the Tivoli brand software and services included the following:

List of IBM Tivoli products

Tivoli Product/Platform Current Name or Disposition Comments
Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Tivoli Identity Manager IBM Security Identity Manager
Tivoli Access Manager IBM Security Verify Access
Tivoli Management Framework/Tivoli Framework
Tivoli Monitoring[15]
Tivoli Privacy Manager[16]
Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Tivoli Service Automation Manager
Tivoli Service Request Manager IBM Control Desk
Tivoli Storage Manager IBM Storage Protect
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center IBM Spectrum Control
Maximo Asset Management Enterprise Asset Management
Tivoli Netcool IBM Netcool Operations Insight

Tivoli products and integration platforms

Creating custom standard drivers in IBM Tivoli Netcool Configuration Manager

Tivoli Management Framework

Tivoli Management Framework (TMF) is a CORBA-based systems and network management framework. It allows administrators to manage large numbers of remote locations or devices. In the early years of TMF's lifecycle it was a pre-requisite to several other key Tivoli components. With IBM's adoption and promotion of other non-TMF based products, such as Micromuse Netcool Omnibus in February 2006[17] and the increasing general acceptance of Secure Shell in preference to CORBA meant TMF entered the latter stages of product lifecycle. The final independent release version of TMF was 4.1.1 with release 4.3.1 supplied with and to Tivoli Configuration Manager 4.3.1 in 2008.[18][19]

Tivoli Service Request Manager

Tivoli Service Request Manager manages configuration items (CI) and critical assets. It was previously known as Maximo Service Desk.[20]


IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus operations management software consolidates complex IT and network operation management tasks as the primary event management platform within the suite. [21]


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  10. ^ Geelan, Jeremy (2013-01-30). "Bye-Bye Tivoli, Welcome Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure: A New Brand in IBM". ContainersExpo Journal. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Tivoli Storage Manager branding transition to IBM Spectrum Protect". IBM. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  12. ^ "IBM Workload Scheduler V9.3 documentation". IBM. 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  13. ^ "Gartner Says IT Operations and Management Software Market Grew 4.8 Percent in 2012". Gartner, Inc. 2013-05-21. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
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  18. ^ "Tivoli Management Framework (TMF)". Softpanorama. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  19. ^ "Tivoli Management Framework V4.3.1 documentation". IBM. 2008. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  20. ^ Sawyer, William J. (26 May 2010). "End of Support (EOS) Announcement for Maximo 6.0 and 6.1". IBM. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  21. ^ "IBM - Operations Management software - Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus - Software". IBM. Retrieved 2012-10-01.

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