Author Archives: Jean Friestad

Jean Friestad is the Software Asset Manager for Wells Fargo

Yes! You, Too, Can Fail Miserably at a Hardware Inventory!

Part I First, don’t plan! Planning indicates a desire to succeed. We can’t have that. Employee count is unnecessary. It couldn’t possibly matter if you have 17 employees or 17,000, right? It shouldn’t have any bearing on your inventory timeline, after all. Don’t get floor plans from Facilities. These floor plans might tell you where little hidey-holes of equipment are ...

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“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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Transitioning to an Outsourced Datacenter – Asking the Right Questions

By Jean Friestad, Asset Administrator ITAK V8 I9 The company I currently work for, ABC Insurance, outsourced their datacenter to XYZ Computers roughly two years ago.  (Names changed to protect the innocent . . . and the guilty!) Ask:  Have you accounted for all the servers?  The ABC Insurance server department keeps a strictly monitored list of servers.  When your ...

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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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