BMC Helix Notification policy

The BMC Helix Notification policy addresses target lead times for certain types of notifications. Depending on the type of event, different contacts may be notified.

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A summary of the notification type, notifier, and notification recipient, and associated lead time is as follows:

Notification type NotifierNotification recipientMinimum lead time or notification period (calendar days unless specified otherwise)Notes

Maintenance - scheduled releases

  • BMC Helix Service Management
  • BMC Helix Operations Management and Common Services
BMC SaaS OperationsCustomer Maintenance contact list

BMC Helix Service Management subscriptions

  • 21 days for production systems
  • 7 days for non-production systems

BMC Helix Operations Management and Common Services subscriptions

  • 14 days for production systems
  • 7 days for non-production systems

See also Maintenance notifications.
Please refer to Enhancements and patches for release notes. 

Maintenance - emergencyBMC SaaS OperationsCustomer Maintenance contact listASAPSee also Maintenance notifications.
Requests for Change (RFCs)Customer Authorized Change ApproverBMC Change Advisory Board (CAB)24 hoursAn RFC is requested by submitting a case for the request if using Support Central. To review the information BMC needs on an RFC request, see Change documentation.
New version releasesBMC Customer Success Specialist (CSS)Customer Maintenance contact list30 daysNew version releases for BMC Helix services usually follow the on-premises product release schedule by a matter of weeks. This allows the BMC SaaS Operations team time to test the release in the cloud environment and certify its readiness for SaaS customer consumption.
BMC Helix iPaaS service updatesSelf-service

Service updates for the BMC Helix iPaaS are published on the Jitterbit System Status Open link page and are listed by region (NA, APAC and EMEA).

You may subscribe to notifications for your location by selecting the Subscribe to Updates button in the upper right and entering your email address. There you will select which region(s) and platform(s) for which you'd like advance notifications.

Security incidentsBMC SaaS Information Systems Security OfficerCustomer Security contact list (note: if no security contacts exist, we will notify individuals on the Emergency contact list)Within 24 hours after validation of the security event (business days)Any type of security incident that affects your data or system is managed by BMC's SaaS Information Systems Security Officer. Notification may come in the form of a phone call and/or email. Only affected customer(s) are notified.
Customer outageBMC SaaS OperationsCustomer Emergency contact listAs soon as the outage is confirmed by BMCBMC SaaS Operations or BMC's monitoring tools will create a Severity 1 incident (production and non-production) and bcc: the customers' emergency notification list as soon as an outage has been confirmed.
BMC-declared disasterBMC SaaS OperationsCustomer Emergency and Maintenance contact listsAs soon as the disaster is declared by BMCDisaster recovery procedures begin immediately within your contracted Recovery Time Objective (RTO). See also Disaster Recovery options.
Disaster recovery testingBMC SaaS OperationsCustomer Maintenance contact list Six weeks (business days)Disaster recovery testing events are available to Yearly Disaster Recovery Certification subscribers only. Tests are scheduled by BMC annually, by service location, and will not be scheduled over a routine maintenance or service update weekend.

Maintenance and outage notifications

You will receive a system bulletin from the BMC SaaS Operations team if any of the following situations occur:

  • A sudden downtime in the production environment because a service has stopped functioning
  • An upcoming planned downtime for a BMC SaaS service (excluding those with a self-service option)
  • Upcoming activities such as scheduled go-live announcements, month-end freeze reminders, and shutdown reminders

This notification might be addressed to a specific subgroup if the application is related to a certain set of users, or it might be sent as a global notification if an application downtime (or other general announcement) has occurred. Announcements that address the BMC end-user community are of critical importance and are presented clearly and carefully.

If downtime is required because of an approved change request, a system bulletin is sent a few days before and on the same day as the change request fulfillment. The bulletin also explains that the scheduled downtime is occurring because of an approved change request.

Every now and then a BMC-initiated change will require an extension to the change window in order to complete the request. When this situation arises, BMC SaaS Operations will provide a minimum of 15 minutes notification (prior to the end of the original scheduled window) to the customer. If an extension is necessary, the change window will be extended by one hour unless the extension notification states otherwise.


All maintenance notifications are sent via email from These notifications are sent to individuals on the maintenance notification list supplied by each customer. If you would like to receive these notifications or need to remove an individual from this list, please contact the BMC Support or your CVS.

BMC Helix policy changes

BMC SaaS Operations updates its operational policies from time to time. Minor policy changes are not formally announced, however you may configure a "watch" notification for any of the policies which you would like to receive system notifications. To watch a page, select the eye icon in the upper right corner of the page. Any edits done to that page will push an email notice to you.

Major policy changes, although rare, will be communicated via email to each customer's general notification contact list. 

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