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  • 1. ASSET MANAGEMENT Altiris ® 6 Asset Management Suite ™ .............................................................. ACTIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT: DON’T JUST TRACK—EXECUTE Altiris® Asset Management Suite™ combines enterprise asset and service management disciplines into a single Web-based architecture, repository, and console helping unite disparate departments and processes. By actively managing the entire asset lifecycle, the suite helps organizations eliminate unnecessary BENEFITS software and hardware costs, proactively manage vendor contracts, and align > Simplified implementation service resources with ITIL to ensure IT investments are optimized. of out-of-box ITIL asset and service ACTIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT Asset Management Suite’s embedded CMDB management processes Altiris pioneered active asset management, the enforces data integrity and accuracy across your foundation of IT lifecycle management, enabling company. Multiple departments and users can view > Actively track IT asset disparate organizations to manage and gain visibility and update common data, including software and location, configuration, into real-time asset information from a single source hardware details, fixed asset information, contracts, deployed versions, of truth. and entitlements. relationships, and historical information Through role-and-scope-based security, Asset Asset Management Suite's centralized Configuration > Actively track software Management Data Base (CMDB) is the basis of Management Suite creates a unique user experience and hardware usage enterprise asset and service management disciplines. ranging from IT to finance, procurement, or security. for reallocation and The suite helps unite users through role-specific Users are presented with the tools and information contract negotiation consoles presenting the tools and information they they need to successfully complete their jobs.The need to accomplish their everyday tasks, as well as suite's intuitive user interface helps your organization > Proactively resolve to be productive with little or no training. prepare for future initiatives. Because asset and service incidents and problems management disciplines are managed through a to ensure asset and Asset Management Suite packaging is based on a single, active repository within Asset Management service availability Suite, management can receive up-to-date cost and maturity model, leveraging a "razor and blade" performance information via Altiris Web Reports™ approach, allowing you to snap in additional solutions > Self-help designed to to drive better decision-making processes. as your initiatives change and your company matures. allow employees to resolve their own issues SINGLE ARCHITECTURE, REPOSITORY, > Real-time diagnostic AND CONSOLE information to enable Asset Management Suite helps IT better business decision- organizations avoid wasting valuable making processes resources building and maintaining integration points between inventory, > Snap-in, modular design asset repository, CMDB, and service solves immediate problems desk tools. Each asset and service while building a roadmap management component is natively for the future integrated through a single architecture, repository, and console.The suite's consolidated approach significantly reduces implementation time and costs, allowing your organization to realize a faster mean-time to value and focus on value-add initiatives. The Asset Management Suite Quick Start provides managers with the tools they need to gain control over their IT environment. .............................................................................. www.altiris.com
  • 2. ASSET MANAGEMENT INVENTORY IS WHERE IT BEGINS SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH To effectively manage your enterprise, you need an Use Asset Management Suite to collect inventory accurate and comprehensive inventory of your and usage data to create asset relationships within hardware and software environment. Asset Management a single asset repository and CMDB.The CMDB Suite reduces the cost of identifying and managing manages hierarchical relationships of assets, including heterogeneous devices throughout your enterprise. assets to other configuration items, users, locations, Easily discover and track comprehensive hardware departments, cost centers, and associated contracts. “Asset Management Suite It also provides a 360-degree view of all is a brilliant tool for software asset relationships, which helps reduce auditing and metering in the risk associated with change, provides one package.” the service desk with valuable information —SC ONLINE MAGAZINE to accurately resolve incidents, and August 2003 presents detailed cost analysis of each asset you own, further reducing TCO. Users are able to quickly change the status, assign a new location, edit asset details, or dispose of assets within the suite's asset list screen. PROACTIVE VENDOR MANAGEMENT Use Asset Management Suite to proactively track vendor contracts, On-the-fly updating of asset details is easy with Asset Management Suite. including software license, lease, enterprise, and underpinning service agreements, information, installed software packages, and OS as well as warranties and entitlements.Web Reports settings for all IT assets throughout their lifecycle. provide in-depth details about the objects under Data is normalized, consolidated, and secured in contract by correlating contract data with actual the asset repository. In addition to managing system inventory stored within the CMDB, which discoverable assets, Asset Management Suite also presents reallocation and retirement opportunities. supports the management of non-discoverable assets The suite allows you to develop vendor negotiation by supplying out-of-box resource types populated strategies, consolidate contracts, and eliminate through receiving and physical audit activities. unnecessary maintenance costs associated with underutilized assets and configuration items. ASSET USAGE VISIBILITY Asset Management Suite captures detailed information about desktops, notebooks, and servers and determines how many copies of an application are installed on your users' systems.The suite’s software metering technology determines which software applications are actually being used and how often, helping you to eliminate or reallocate unused licenses, prepare internal audits, and plan for future software purchases. Matching usage information to purchased license counts stored in the software license agreement allows you to more accurately gauge future software needs and Use Asset Management Suite to determine how assets are being used. purchase accordingly, reducing costs and risks associated with over-buying and under-buying. ............................................................................ www.altiris.com
  • 3. ASSET MANAGEMENT REDUCE SUPPORT COSTS DON’T JUST TRACK—EXECUTE Lack of hardware and software standardization leads In today's service management environment, activity to a complex environment that’s difficult to manage tracking tools are obsolete. Asset Management and costly to support. Asset Management Suite Suite has revolutionized the service management provides visibility into hardware and software environment by providing technicians with context- versions and allows you to better understand what aware integration to other applications that help areas to focus on to ensure consistency across your accomplish specific tasks.Technicians can utilize organization, ultimately increasing manageability and Altiris analysis and systems management tools to reducing affiliated support costs. resolve incidents and problems and execute change “We are implementing Altiris activities without leaving a record. Asset Management Suite to Asset Management Suite provides better track and manage IT with native access to the asset our fixed assets in addition repository and embedded knowledge to taking inventory of our management to reduce resolution time software and hardware assets. and knowledge capture.The suite brings It is easy for assets like the IT organization closer to employees phones, monitors, and chairs by allowing them to research knowledge to get lost in a company of base articles for resolutions to their hundreds of end users. Asset own issues, as well as provide service Management Suite gives us request and incident logging within an the ability to assign all assets employee self-help portal. to an individual user or department, track the use of ALTIRIS SUPPORT FOR ITIL those assets, and report on Altiris IT lifecycle management solutions their total cost of ownership. are the industry’s most comprehensive Helpdesk Smart Tasks recommend analysis and execution tools automatically. Integrated asset management set of applications designed to support will help us save money on the implementation of ITIL Service Support and redundant or unused assets.” JUSTIFY FUTURE IT INVESTMENTS Service Delivery processes. Altiris has extended ITIL —JOHN CHANDLER IT organizations are continually faced with prioritizing support by introducing three main categories of Network Support Supervisor technology purchases, yet purchasing departments tools: process management, analysis, and execution. OMD USA don’t often have adequate information to execute Altiris solutions allow you to follow ITIL process informed decisions. Asset Management Suite provides guidelines and leverage context-aware systems historic purchase information and asset utilization management tools to execute tasks throughout the metrics to help you make educated software and service support process. hardware purchasing decisions based on business unit needs, not desires. SECURITY AND RESILIENCE The downloading of unauthorized applications creates security vulnerabilities and can lead to legal implications. Asset Management Suite empowers you to monitor and set policies to eliminate the introduction of unauthorized applications into your environment by automatically denying installations and allowing the removal of specified applications. The result is a secure and compliant software environment. With Asset Management Suite, you can manage all contract types from a single console. ............................................................................ www.altiris.com
  • 4. ASSET MANAGEMENT SARBANES-OXLEY—AN IT PERSPECTIVE Increased awareness of IT expenditures and operational transparency set by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act require that companies create greater efficiency within their IT operations. Asset “Altiris Asset Management Management Suite helps organizations Suite offers good scalability implement necessary IT controls to and is a part of an entire IT ensure mission-critical systems are management solution. It can supported, available, and secure while manage all your physical managing related IT asset expenditures. assets including PDAs but Tracking the lifecycle of IT assets also the software licenses and provides detailed cost information contracts associated with all related to procuring, provisioning, your assets. It does this in a implementing, supporting, and retiring Asset Management Suite makes gathering comprehensive inventory information within way which is very easy to of assets.The suite tracks all IT asset- its single asset repository a snap. understand and it's backed up related expenditures, depreciation, by excellent support offerings.” accounts for fraud, and reconciles —ZDNET AUSTRALIA asset repository information with (In awarding Asset Management financial system data. Suite “Editor’s Choice” in a March 2004 shoot-out.) DEPLOYMENT AND SCALABILITY Asset Management Suite uses advanced technologies such as XML, Microsoft SQL, and Transaction Server, as well as Web protocols, such as TCP/IP, to ensure flexible deployment options and to provide maximum scalability.The suite’s optimized server/client communications and accommodating infrastructure allow you to support LAN clients, poorly-connected WAN sites, as well as mobile and remote users. Use Altiris The custom asset view provides users with asset query and edit capabilities. suite components to deploy quickly and easily, and support inventory and usage data from tens of thousands of systems in a production environment, all without deploying a large number of servers or impacting how users run applications. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Asset Management Suite requires that you install Altiris Agent Minimum Requirements TRY ASSET MANAGEMENT and configure the Altiris Notification Server™. > Operating system—Windows 95 or later SUITE FOR FREE! > Available disk space—5 MB disk space for Altiris Get your 30-day, fully- Notification Server Minimum Requirements Agent, plus space to install required software functional evaluation copy > Processor—Pentium* lll 800 MHz or faster > Memory—64 MB RAM of Asset Management Suite > Memory—1 GB RAM > Browser—Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or later at www.altiris.com/eval. > Hard drive—20 GB > Operating system—Windows* Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server > Database—Microsoft* SQL Server 2000 SP3 > Browser—Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later Copyright © 2004, Altiris, Inc. All rights reserved. Altiris is a registered trademark, and Asset Management Suite, Client Management Suite, Contract Management Solution, Helpdesk Solution, Notification Server, Server Management Suite,TCO Management Solution, and Web Reports are trademarks of Altiris, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Other brands and names are the property of their respective owners. ........................................................................... www.altiris.com 91219-01 051304

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