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Understanding IT Asset Control

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In a previous article we looked at the issues surrounding IT asset discovery and inventory. Here, we are presuming that you have managed to address these and are now aiming to better control and manage your assets.

The major issue here is around processes, so this is what we be looking at in this article. Basically, you need to be able to track assets throughout their entire lifecycle – from the cradle to the grave. In particular, most problems usually occur at either the start or end of the lifecycle for both the assets themselves as well as users.

IT asset authorization

If we start by focussing on the IT assets, the first thing to consider is how new assets are initially authorized. Because of the difficulties of configuration and installation on a corporate network, authorization of new hardware tends to be well controlled. However, software is a different matter. With your users now familiar with the idea of app stores like iTunes and Google play, their capability to download and install unauthorized software on corporate devices is now greatly increased.

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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