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Getting the Best Out of SCCM

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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is widely used for discovery and inventory, of hardware and software, in the Windows environment. It can also be used for software deployment and removal, again only on the Windows platform.

These capabilities are traditionally what has been expected from ITAM tools, but are not designed or capable of critical Software Asset Management (SAM) capabilities, which is a problem when trying to adopt SAM.

If you are looking at using SCCM for software asset management to enable compliance or are looking at going further and optimizing your license position to reduce costs, then you will encounter quite a few difficulties.

Software metering – vital for optimization

One of the critical shortfalls of SCCM concerns software metering or application monitoring. Whilst it will carry out this important task, it does not work out of the box, is complex and requires an SCCM trained expert to set it up. Once setup, you need to wait many days before you can begin to analyse the information it produces.

SOURCE: certero.com

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Certero are a vendor and supplier of products and solutions for: IT Asset Management (ITAM), Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Optimization and Entitlement (SLOE). Complimented by tailored services, our mission is to provide the best solutions that work individually and holistically together, seamlessly and optimally on a single platform – AssetStudio.

The AssetStudio platform consists of a number of products designed to solve a specific software asset management problem. It covers the entire IT estate, including: mobiles & tablets, laptops & desktops, servers, datacentre and the Cloud. Across all the major software environments: Microsoft Windows & Apple Mac OS, IBM, SAP, Oracle and UNIX/Linux.

Reduced complexity, cost and resources

It is currently estimated that on average, 70% of a software asset manager’s time is spent collating, interpreting and analyzing data from various sources. This leaves only 30% to actually act upon the knowledge, perform software optimization tasks and drive forward the software asset management agenda within the organization.

Now, with a single, holistic source of hardware and software asset information, with integrated reporting transforming data into useful knowledge, managers can access the information they require in seconds.

Developed from a single vision, the AssetStudio software asset management platform:
• Takes feeds from all the major ITAM solutions
• Gives a single unified data source for all software asset management
• Delivers a common modern graphical user interface across the entire platform
• Offers rich integrated reporting and business intelligence to quickly find the information you need

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