Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, business software maker BMC Software (Nasdaq: BMC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at BMC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

BMC facts

Headquarters (Founded) Houston (1980)
Market Cap $5.5 billion
Industry Systems software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.2 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Robert Beauchamp
CFO Stephen Solcher
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 31.5%
Cash/Debt $1.5 billion / $359.5 million
Competitors CA

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 269 members who have rated BMC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Last year, one of those Fools, johndunk, succinctly summed up the opportunity:

BMC has a nice combination of cash cow (mainframe business) and dynamic growth (datacenter automation and cloud computing). The culture is very aggressive and sales driven. The major risk here is competing with even bigger boys out there when the technology industry is given to sudden reversals in leadership.

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