A key stage in implementing a SAM program is discovering the hardware and software assets you have in your organization. Without an accurate and comprehensive inventory, the results of your subsequent SAM-based activities will be severely restricted.
5 key attributes
There are many discovery tools in the ITAM/SAM market place that claim to be a ‘silver bullet’. There is no silver bullet, but you need to understand what the important functions you are likely to need are. To help with this we have outlined what to look for in a discovery tool.
Native integration with 3rd party platforms – having confidence in your data is crucial, the ability to cross check and validate the data that you have pulled from a wide number of sources will provide just that. By taking multiple feeds, via connectors, it provides an easy way to identify what’s ‘missing’ and give you confidence that you are tracking everything. These connectors should work out-of-the-box so that you can install, configure and deploy the tool to large and complex environments with minimal impact on resources. The connectors that different organizations require varies so below are some examples of the key ones to look for:
- Microsoft Active Directory
- Hyper V
- Amazon Web Services