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What to Look for in a Good ITAM/SAM Discovery Tool


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
  • VMWare
  • Hyper V
  • XenServer
  • SAP
  • IBM
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Oracle



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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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