It is impossible to manage your environment unless you know exactly what you have deployed. But it’s not all about discovery; automated data enrichment from contextually relevant web sources is now easy. Examples of such information include hardware warranty information, patch status, licensing metrics, product use rights etc
Modern discovery techniques have eliminated entirely the need for agents for everything other than forensic-level software usage metering. And, with the increasing acceptance of Software as a Service for IT Asset Management, you’ll not need to tie up a server; expensive database licenses or systems management resources.
No More XLS Kung Fu
Honesty is Crucial
If you are not covering all your key assets from within a single discovery technology you will performing spreadsheet Kung Fu with increasing regularity. Only an integrated, holistic discovery tool, with built-in normalization and enrichment will free you from your GrassHopper duties.
No automated network discovery tool is going to find everything you have. You need a tool that is fanatical about telling you how well its performing and more importantly where it is failing. This level of honesty will maintain your trust in the data