LANDesk Software CEO talks up 'end user in' strategy

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It's the best way to manage today's mobile and diverse computing environment, says Steve Daly

For Steve Daly, CEO of LANDesk Software, success in managing and securing your IT environment is all a matter of perspective. Daly believes that LANDesk's strategy of managing from the "end user in" -- as opposed to the traditional "data center out" approach -- gives the company a big edge in controlling an increasingly mobile and diverse computing environment. LANDesk, which was launched in 1985 and has been part of Intel Corp., Avocent and Emerson Electric, was acquired by investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in 2010.

In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, Daly talked to IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how Thoma Bravo is fueling LANDesk's expansion, the "Big Bang" that IT shops are facing and why, despite their desire to so, many IT organizations aren't ready to automate operations.

Explain the company mission and key elements of the LANDesk product line. We try to help IT gain control of their end user environments. There's a lot of talk in the industry about things related to the data center and there are a lot of big companies trying to solve those problems. But what we've recognized is that a lot of the problems start out at end point devices, the things that are out there in the wild. Our mission is to help IT get control of those devices.

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