IT Asset Management Tips – Get Started
TIP #3: Prepare your environment.
Robust “cat herding” for IT asset management means access to devices in order to ensure their hardware and software configurations are accounted for. For computers, this access can often be characterized as “remote access,” and starts with knowing how to contact a computer, most often through IP addresses. To access the machine, you need the credentials for a local or domain account, and you need to ensure that firewalls will not prevent remote calls to that machine.
Asset Vision users: Did you know that Asset Vision helps you organize your IP address ranges and the associated credentials? You can use Asset Vision to sweep through your environment and determine what devices exist, and what possible access issues you may have. Scalable provides free, helpful utilities like WMICheck.exe to help you determine if the IP ranges and credentials are correct. These are all important aspects of preparing your environment.
TIP #4: Establish reporting requirements
What data do stakeholders want to see? How do they want to see it? Answers to those questions will help you determine the reporting requirements for your organization. Asset Vision is extremely configurable and gives you the ability to sculpt the view of asset data that meets the needs of you and your colleagues. From re-arranging data on reports to rendering data in the form of charts and graphs, Asset Vision attempts to put the power of reporting into the hands of users.
TIP #5: Identify other data you would like to be tracked and reported alongside your IT Asset Management data
IT asset data is located throughout your organization. Sometimes you can access that data automatically, sometimes you cannot. The struggle lies in being able to coordinate this data between IT systems and organizations units. If you can establish relationships between the asset data and present it aggregate it into one reporting system, that will streamline the asset reporting process and save you time and effort responding to IT asset management initiatives in your organization. Asset Vision allows you to easily setup recurring import and export processes that will integrate Asset Vision with your procurement and service management systems.
The tips above and in Part 1 allow you to quickly maximize the value you receive from Asset Vision. In fact, you could probably inventory your entire estate and provide enterprise-wide reports within a couple of weeks if you were prepared. The reality is, however, that few of us are as prepared as that.
Lucky, the tips above also allow you to plan out a strategy to moving forward. Follow each tip, regardless of your readiness, and use Asset Vision to help you get on the path towards an increased level of IT asset management maturity. You will still receive value, and that will most likely help you and your colleagues identify future IT asset management requirements.
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