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Why Normalized Software Inventory is Important

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In all likelihood you will have many hundreds (if not thousands) of installed software titles across your organization. Each of these could have different versions installed as well as possibly being part of a suite (as opposed to stand-alone) or even named differently. Consequently, identifying and correctly inventorying all this software can be logistical nightmare, taking up considerable time and effort.

Some organizations will attempt to do this manually. Not only will this take a very long time, the results will be immediately out-of-date due to the dynamic nature of your IT estate. This led to many ITSM tools providing discovery and inventory services. Whilst the information these provide is useful for service management purposes, for software license optimization purposes, it is not nearly enough.

Issues with older ITAM tools

The same can be said for older ITAM tools and other products like Microsoft SCCM. The fact is that the initial discovery of what you have installed will pull up a long list of software names, editions and publishers.

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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