BMC CTO Ram Chakravarti said the company is incorporating the open source GPT-J large language models (LLMS) to build generative AI models. Those models are optimized for specific domains using data collected by BMC and imported from other data sources, like the Jira project management software from Atlassian. That persistent layer of storage is designed to aggregate multiple types of data within what amounts to a Helix data lake.
The generative AI capabilities added to BMC’s portfolio include natural language summaries of issues and events captured by BMC Helix Operations Management, along with an ability to create a historical analysis of a user’s specific environment to identify recurring issues more easily.
BMC Service Management, meanwhile, can now correlate incidents and provide resolution summaries that can be stored. It’s also now possible to run clustering analysis on chat archives to find new or improved utterances that help virtual agents answer queries better and execute workflows.
BMC initially opted to build its own LLMs because general-purpose LLMs—such as the one created by OpenAI—are subject to “hallucinations.” Hallucinations are created when incorrect data is included in a model. BMC is training its LLMs on a narrow range of trusted data to ensure the recommendations and subsequent automations it creates are valid.
Over time, BMC will add additional LLMs; the company hasn’t yet decided if there are use cases where it makes sense to rely on an existing general-purpose LLM to add additional capabilities, noted Chakravarti.
Organizations can also opt to use a containerized version of the BMC LLM if they prefer, but BMC will encourage most organizations to invoke generative AI via its Helix SaaS platform, he added.
BMC Helix is an IT services management (ITSM) platform that integrates with a range of DevOps platforms. Helix is part of a larger existing BMC Connected Digital Ops initiative that seeks to unify ServiceOps and DevOps with AIOps, DataOps and AutonomousOps. Generative AI will automate a range of tasks from within Helix that can then be extended to DevOps platforms such as Jenkins.
It’s still early days as far as applying generative AI to processes, so organizations should focus on use cases where it will add some immediate value, said Chakravarti. Once they develop a level of trust in the automation created and executed, they can then pragmatically expand the number of generative AI use cases where they make sense, he added.
One way or another, generative AI is going to be applied to the management of IT. Many routine tasks that conspire to limit the productivity of IT teams today will be eliminated, but there will always be a need for a human to remain in the loop to ensure the right outcomes are achieved. However, it will also soon become possible for existing teams to manage IT at levels of scale that were previously unattainable.
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