Vince Vaughn has a new movie that came out recently called Unfinished Business, and the promotional campaign included having the cast making some hilarious “stock photos”, such as the one above. (Caveat—they may only be hilarious if you are in marketing). The film’s synopsis starts out with: “What began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable—and unimaginable—way….”
Hardware Asset Management (HAM) may not have been able to save Vince’s business trip (or even the movie, which seems to have had a very short run in the movie theaters) but it could help your organization in a lot of ways. (And you were wondering how I was going to tie HAM to the movie). One example was discussed in the previous blog on this topic—reclaiming licenses for software running on hardware assets that are being retired. Here are a couple of other examples:
Know when devices are missing—HAM tools allow you to take proactive steps when devices are missing for some specified number of days. “Missing” in this case means that the device has not been reported in inventory. Typically, inventory is collected by organizations at least on a weekly basis. One customer found that hardware that went missing was being sold on eBay! Don’t let that be your organization.