AlterPoint Transforms CiscoWorks RME Inventory Data into Actionable Business Intelligence: Sophisticated Analytics and Reporting Capabilities Inform Strategic Management Decisions

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AlterPoint, Inc., a leading provider of network governance software, today announced the integration of its NetworkAuthority Analytics solution with CiscoWorks' Resource Manager Essentials (RME) for Cisco network devices. The technology, which leverages AlterPoint's open framework for network management, provides a sophisticated analytics and reporting overlay that helps users convert low-level network inventory data into valuable business information.

The integration of NetworkAuthority Analytics with CiscoWorks RME provides sophisticated network lifecycle management tools that will help businesses capitalize on strategic opportunities while minimizing unnecessary excesses - whether that's allocating senior engineering staff more effectively, or reducing rampant overspending on maintenance contracts.

    CiscoWorks RME is a suite of vendor-specific management tools intended to simplify the administration of a Cisco network. The product generates a wealth of data about Cisco network devices, however, this data resides in multiple inventory repositories, increasing the burden on IT staff to compile, correlate and interpret critical operational information across disparate network "silos."

Leveraging customers' existing infrastructure investments, data and processes, NetworkAuthority Analytics provides comprehensive visibility across CiscoWorks RME data that integrates operational and business information, and helps enterprises track network performance against business KPIs (key performance indicators). This enables organizations to reduce overspending on hardware and maintenance; assess the impact of configuration changes; track equipment end-of-life/end-of-service; improve staff efficiency; and understand key operational trends by business unit, location and network type - in effect, transforming CiscoWorks RME inventory data into actionable business intelligence.

"Heightened cost and accountability concerns have increased the need for comprehensive visibility across network environments, and for the efficient translation of network operations data into information about how the network is impacting business competitiveness," said Dennis Drogseth, vice president of Enterprise Management Associates. "By decoupling their analytics solution from their network CMDB, and providing integration with CiscoWorks inventory data, AlterPoint is delivering a unique solution that helps users answer questions, understand relationships and visualize trends regarding how isolated events impact network performance and operations. This decoupling is very much aligned with the preference for flexibility of choice that EMA sees routinely in its interactions with IT organizations."

"As the lines between business and IT continue to blur, the ability to understand how IT operations affect business KPIs becomes more important and valuable," said Scott Harmon, CEO of AlterPoint. "The integration of NetworkAuthority Analytics with CiscoWorks RME provides sophisticated network lifecycle management tools that will help businesses capitalize on strategic opportunities while minimizing unnecessary excesses - whether that's allocating senior engineering staff more effectively, or reducing rampant overspending on maintenance contracts."

NetworkAuthority Analytics for CiscoWorks RME is now available. For more information, go to http://www.alterpoint.com/ciscoworks.html.

About AlterPoint, Inc.

AlterPoint network governance solutions optimize network spend and better align IT with business imperatives. The world's most respected enterprises rely on AlterPoint to curb hardware over-provisioning, reduce specialized labor, lower the cost of compliance, and improve the availability of network services. AlterPoint's open, comprehensive network CMDB combines operational and business data to automate, analyze and optimize network change, compliance, security and equipment lifecycles. Multiple stakeholders benefit from AlterPoint's customizable analytics and dashboards for impact assessment, faster troubleshooting, compliance scorecards and trend analysis. Founded in 2001, AlterPoint is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.alterpoint.com.

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