Asset Identification

Understanding Software Discovery

Software inventory plays critical role in Software Asset Management. You cannot manage what you cannot see. In this article I would like to guide you through the world of software discovery… Software Product Versus Software Component • Software Product is identified by a marketing name. It represents vendor software license offerings and implies the rights to install and/or use a ...

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Tracking Methods for Virtual Servers: Pros and Cons

As more and more emphasis is placed on virtual or cloud servers, and less on physical servers, asset managers are hard pressed to keep up with tracking of this rapidly changing environment. As organizations cross from all physical to 50% or more virtual or cloud, we need to come up with a better way to manage and track these server ...

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Assets! Assets! Assets!

Assets, assets, assets!!! Prologue: Assets that are disregarded (as such) Please read the following statements below and answer; Yes or No as you see fit, please remember your answers for later. Statement 1: All the Corporate Assets in your business managed by named and framed (accountable) resources only, expensive and cheap alike? Yes / No Statement 2: Are informed business ...

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The Gathering Storm – SAM in the Age of the Cloud

The Gathering Storm – SAM in the Age of the Cloud “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change” Mary Woolstonecraft Shelley The cloud is here to stay, changing the face of software asset management forever. Everyone in the SAM industry will be affected and they will either adapt and prosper or do the ...

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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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Can the Healthcare sector roll out RFID across all ITS?

Can the Healthcare sector ever implement RFID across the entire ITS enterprise for Asset Management, can it work and what is the impact? Assessment – The purpose of this question posed to senior leaders was to first, determine the most efficient and cost effective portions of the healthcare supply chain in which radio frequency identification devices (RFID) can be implemented. ...

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Fixed Asset and IT Asset Management in Healthcare

Computer technology and its related assets have impacted the dynamics of traditional fixed asset accounting management. Information technology assets now constitute a significant percentage – if not the majority – of fixed assets, and capital spend, for many institutions, particularly in fields such as healthcare. Organizations must now focus on tracking IT assets along with more traditional fixed assets. To ...

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Discovery and SW Normalization-When is Normal NOT Normal?

The Software Asset Management discipline has matured over the past 5 years. By now, most companies have implemented some form of asset discovery and tracking of their software licenses. Discovery is a wonderful thing. It automatically reports against your installed base of hardware assets and their corresponding software licenses. What could be easier….. If you are like most companies, you ...

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The New ITAM Department

The influx of IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices will continue to introduce new demands on IT departments globally. Software Asset Management (SAM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and GRC (Governance, Risk Management and Compliance) have already emerged as key components of IT Asset Management (ITAM) today. Challenges will evolve as security and new compliancy rules continue to challenge the ...

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