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With global trade tensions and uncertainty looming over the American political environment and its geopolitical views, let's focus on how tariffs could affect an enterprise's hardware and software costs. According to the New York Times, the White House has assured Apple and other American IT providers that no new tariffs will be created. However, if things change and tariffs are enacted, what could be their impact? Tariff Impacts to IT Departments Laptop costs will rise. Most parts of … [Read more...]
In an article published in CIO.com, 75% of enterprises are found to be out of compliance, with the biggest vendor normally being Microsoft. Every enterprise should be prepared if a software vendor audit were to occur. These are four majors steps an organization can take in performing a self-audit to prepare for a real audit: Take a baseline inventory of all installed software, as well as related usage. Don't forget off-network devices, virtualized applications, and IT assets for which ASNs … [Read more...]
Change Management has always been one of the hardest processes to successfully implement within an IT estate. Implement it badly, and staff can see it as an unnecessary burden or even a blocker to being able to do their jobs. Confidence in data is normally low. How many times have you seen somebody with their own spreadsheet as they don't trust the standard dataset? Lots of companies who are looking for an easier way to streamline their change management functions look at discovery data in … [Read more...]
Anyone who has witnessed an Asset Vision product demonstration delivered by me will have heard the phrase "My Five Favorite Data Points." I can't recall exactly when I first fostered this phrase, but the sentiment has been around from the moment I engaged with my first customer on behalf of Scalable Software. These preferred pieces of information (with examples) are: Who Used ("Will Degener") What Software ("MS Word") From Where ("His Laptop") For How Long ("32 Minutes") How Intensely … [Read more...]
We are all very familiar with software agents. Many enterprise software tools have their own need for one that is generally unique to their application. These agents are useful as they tend to act on the environment and run without continuous supervision, while transmitting data or performing some function essential to the system it resides on. But there are downsides depending on the use case. There are of course always InfoSec concerns about introducing another agent. But they also require … [Read more...]