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Understanding the Issues Behind IT Asset Identification

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The old adage ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’, has never been more true than with regard to IT asset management (ITAM). The implications of not being able to accurately measure what hardware and software you have installed extend far beyond basic ITAM disciplines and into your capability to defend against a software audit as well as optimize your software licensing to reduce costs going forward.

So, what are the issues organizations typically face with regard to asset identification that prevent them properly managing what they have?

Getting the right ITAM tool

The first concerns the use of inventory tools. Most organizations quickly come to realize that manual discovery and inventory is simply not feasible. This is because it simply takes too long to do and as a result the information collected is immediately out of date. So the first thing that your tool should be is real-time.

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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