Asset Identification

“Just One More Question, Ma’am.” – The Secret to a Complete Physical Inventory

By Jean M. Friestad, Athene USA ITAK V9 I11 Do you remember Columbo?  Peter Falk starred as the rumpled detective in 69 made-for-television movies from 1968-2003. He was a great character and always figured out the fiendish plot of the villain.  However, I was consistently annoyed by his interviewing techniques, as he always seemed to have, “Just one more question, ...

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Active RFID Best for Data Centers – Why Active RFID Beats Out Passive RFID

By Gregg Primm, RF Code Inc. ITAK V8 I12 Data centers, with their countless racks and cabinets, may seem static at first glance, but these dynamic, unpredictable environments require precise and efficient asset management.  Due to the high associated costs of manual inventory tracking and the inefficiency of inventory consolidation, data centers are increasingly turning to RFID to reduce costs, ...

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The DIY Hardware Inventory – A Roadmap for Failure…yep, Failure!

By Jean M. Friestad, Asset Administrator ITAK V8 I8 Your company needs a hardware inventory done, but your company is also budget-minded. How can this be done without spending thousands of dollars?  Answer: The Do-It-Yourself Hardware Inventory. Fine, so it’s decided you’re going to tackle this inventory yourself.  Here are a few hints to assure failure at this daunting task. ...

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The Physical Challenge – The Balancing Act Required for Physical Inventory Projects

IT inventory Management

By Johnny Heston, U.S. Bank ITAK V8 I4 The challenges of a physical hardware inventory in a multi-location, large corporate environment are many.  Timing, cost, manpower, accuracy and mobile clients are just a few.  So how does a large company practically execute a physical inventory while balancing the different challenges?  To quote an ancient saying – “very carefully”. In order ...

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Software Identification Problems Continue – 20 years of Challenges Will Persist Into the ISO 19770-2 Tagging Era

By Kris Barker, Express Metrix ITAK V6 I3 Since the dawn of the desktop era, IT departments have struggled with keeping track of software installed across corporate networks.  An accurate software inventory is crucial to properly licensing installed applications, understanding whether they’re being used, and budgeting for future purchases.  But there is no standard methodology across applications and manufacturers for ...

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