Inventory data management, aka discovery data management, is Software Asset Management’s foundation – only when you have discovered all your assets can you efficiently monitor and manage them. Producing inventory data can seem like a straightforward, one-tool process, but realistically, organizations need to employ multiple information with purchase records. That way, they can see exactly what is being used, how it’s being used, and where.
A survey commissioned by LANDesk revealed that almost 66% of IT managers admitted to not having completely accurate records of their IT assets, and 28% use only one tool (the rest is a manual process) – How can you manage and protect what is across your environment if you don’t know it’s there?
Discovering deployed software assets is key to understanding what software and hardware is being used within your organization, but drilling down to key inventory specific factors will ensure you are in the best position to assess what is being utilized and guarantee confidence in contract negotiation.