BT Discusses Strategies to Optimize Essential Business Decisions at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010

Oct 20, 2010, 13:00 ET from BT

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- GARTNER SYMPOSIUM/ITxpo -- BT, in conjunction with Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), co-sponsored a session today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010 that outlined strategies to help organizations evaluate the critical nature of all business applications, including cloud-based applications, to drive informed decisions on improved performance and capital investments.

Christie Asmussen, senior product manager, BT Global Services, provided business leaders with a pragmatic and methodical approach to essential business decisions and business continuity plans during the workshop today.

"There's no question that business leaders regularly make critical budget decisions about IT projects that will be implemented over the course of the coming fiscal year," said Asmussen. "To make informed decisions, it's essential for business executives to understand the criticality of IT applications to their business as well as the processes that keep them operating efficiently across the network or in the cloud. Assigning criticality ratings to existing and new applications can also help businesses develop business continuity plans that employ technologies required in the event of a disaster."

According to Randy Schirman, vice president of worldwide channel sales at Riverbed®, "By evaluating the nature of business applications in private and public cloud infrastructures, organizations are better positioned to develop a solid, end-to-end IT strategy and obtain a complete understanding of all the important applications and systems required to operate a business efficiently and successfully."

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2010, BT Group's revenue was 20,911 million pounds Sterling.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. 

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About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the IT performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility – all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (Nasdaq: RVBD) is available at

About Gartner Symposium ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the IT industry's largest and most strategic conference, providing business leaders with a look at the future of IT. For more than 10,000 IT professionals from the world's leading enterprises, Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of their annual planning efforts. Attendees rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use technology to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. For more information, please visit