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With SCCM being offered free (or at heavily discounted rates) to volume licensing customers, it is a popular choice for inventory and distribution. We looked at the problems of software inventory with SCCM in an earlier article So here we are going to look at some of the other problems you can expect using SCCM and how to overcome them.

Processor Information

SMS uses WMI to gather the processor information. So, on older OS’ e.g. Windows Server 2003 running on newer hardware the processor and core information may be incorrect. This could be picked up in a vendor audit (e.g. by Oracle or IBM who license their products by processor) and cause compliance problems.

Application monitoring/ Software Metering and reporting

SCCM does have the ability to monitor software usage, but this can only be achieved with the skills of a trained SCCM expert setting up and configuring the software. It does not work out of the box. Furthermore, the data from this configuration can take many days to produce.

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.

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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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