SOURCE: Avocent

Avocent

September 21, 2009 17:22 ET

Avocent Offers Strategic Advice for Asset Management and IT Governance Initiatives

Latest LANDesk® White Paper Unveils Best Practices on How to Make Accountability the Foundation for Stakeholder Engagement

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a global leader in IT operations management, today announced the availability of a new LANDesk white paper: "KOALA in Depth: Accountability - Foundation for Stakeholder Engagement." This white paper is the third installment of a comprehensive five-part series that explores in detail the five key elements of asset management -- key costs, ownership, accountability, lifecycle status and assignment -- offering strategic advice to IT managers who are implementing the practice.

Avocent/LANDesk developed the five-part KOALA white paper series as a result of unprecedented demand for the initial KOALA white paper, "A Pragmatist's Guide to Structuring IT Asset Data." The third installment, focusing on accountability, provides a how-to guide to identify the key stakeholders necessary for assets/services, and then examines those roles in an effort to increase operational and strategic accountability. The paper also helps readers achieve a main organizational objective, how to include the appropriate people in planning activities and IT management processes. By defining best practices for including executives at the start of IT management planning, companies can greatly increase efficiency and prevent potential conflicts or dependencies before they impact purchasing, budgets or service levels.

"Too often, key stakeholders are left out of IT planning, especially if they don't have an immediate role in the IT project up for discussion," said Steve Daly, executive vice president and general manager of LANDesk. "Our goal is to encourage IT departments to take a step back and evaluate all hands that may touch a project. Making sure relevant stakeholders are properly involved at moments of change is the critical step to effective IT governance. This enables a more holistic, strategic approach, in turn increasing efficiency and reducing risk for the entire organization."

This white paper series uses a "cradle to grave" model to provide a thorough and practical framework to demonstrate to both IT organizations and their businesses the immediate and significant value of managing assets throughout their useable lifecycle.

The white paper also addresses three key components to making IT governance more efficient:

--  Distinguishing accountability from ownership and assignment -- most
    organizations have not spent the time or effort to identify who are the
    relevant stakeholders for an asset
--  Understanding current accountabilities -- operational accountability
    is for the underlying components, and strategic accountability is for the
    business services derived from those components
--  Leveraging accountability to drive risk analysis and planning -- this
    use of IT asset management processes and the asset repository can now drive
    a series of key planning, change, and risk analysis activities for both
    operations and service management
    

To learn more or to download a free copy of the white paper "KOALA in Depth: Key Costs - Accountability - Foundation for Stakeholder Engagement," visit www.landesk.com.

About Avocent's LANDesk Product Line

Avocent delivers IT operations management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management, and increase the availability of critical IT environments 24/7 via integrated, centralized software. LANDesk delivers cost-effective systems, security, and process management solutions that help IT teams automate and simplify the management of desktops, servers, and mobile devices. With long-standing partner relationships and solutions successfully deployed at leading enterprises worldwide, LANDesk continues to deliver rapid innovation and time to value to help organizations achieve their business objectives. Additional information is available at www.landesk.com.

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